Banksy exhibition draws big crowd

01:23, Dec 27 2013
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TAKING PART: Jiamin Liang gets her photo taken at the RISE street art exhibition at Canterbury Museum.
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MODERN CULTURE: People walk past street art at the RISE exhibition at Canterbury Museum.
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THE PAINTING'S ON THE WALL: People walk past street art as part of the RISE exhibition at Canterbury Museum.
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INSPIRED: Children check out the RISE street art exhibition at Canterbury Museum.
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CITY SCAPE: Children check out a painting at the RISE street art exhibition at Canterbury Museum.
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POPULAR BANKSY: Anne and Alan Clarke spend their 55th wedding anniversary checking out work by famous street artist Banksy.
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DRAWCARD: Work by famous street artist Banksy proves popular at Canterbury Museum's RISE exhibition.
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VISUAL EXTRAVAGANZA: Four-year-old Annushka Wang delights in the colourful visuals at the RISE street art exhibition.
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POPULAR ART: The RISE street art exhibition has broken visitor records after opening at the Canterbury Museum.
street artist Milton Springsteen's take on Rita Angus' Cass
CORRUPT CLASSIC: Street artist Milton Springsteen's take on Rita Angus' Cass.

Canterbury Museum's street art exhibition has broken visitor records.

The exhibition opened last Friday and is part of the RISE street art festival, which also features large artworks around the central city.

The museum is exhibiting one of the largest private collections of Banksy artworks in the world, work by international and local street artists, and new work by Australian artist Ian Strange.

The exhibition enjoyed one of the busiest opening three days in Canterbury Museum history.

About 7500 people visited from Friday to Sunday, compared with about 5000 for the same period last year and about 4000 for the first three days of the World of Wearable Art show in December 2011.

Museum director Anthony Wright said the visitor numbers were unusually high.

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"It is amazing," he said. "It was good weather and we generally have lower numbers on fine weather days."

The exhibition closes on March 23.

MAP: RISE STREET ART MURALS

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