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Nick Walker has shown his support for Bristol’s children by donating artwork for the Mad Hatter’s Ball and Art Auction, run by Art Action for Kids. Nick Walker is one of the world’s best known street artists. He emerged from the infamous and ground-breaking Bristol graffiti scene of the early 1980s. Nick draws on the energy and imagery of graffiti but he succeeds in combining the freedom the spray can brings with very controlled and intricate stenciling. The results are highly sophisticated and infinitely desirable. The methods he uses retain their forcefulness and integrity on the traditional medium of canvas. Nick Walker’s instantly recognisable style and humour have gained him a worldwide following. In 2008 Nick had sellout shows in LA and London, where collectors queued for over 24 hours to be among the first to get his latest print edition. In 2008, his iconic Moona Lisa sold over ten times its estimated value at auction at Bonhams. Now Bristolians will be able to bid for an iconic Vandal print at the Mad Hatter’s Ball. The Ball will be held on Saturday 26 March 2011 at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Tickets are now on sale via the Colston Hall. For more information, please visit www.colstonhall.org/boxoffice The exclusive art auction will also feature extraordinary artworks generously donated by some of contemporary art’s biggest names including Ben Eine, whose work was amongst the official gifts given to Barack Obama by David Cameron on his first trip to Washington as Prime Minister, and Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Other renowned artists include Conor Harrington, D*Face, David Stoupakis, Carol Piece and Chloe Early. The donated piece will be on display at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery prior to the Ball. All proceeds from the event will go towards practical art programmes for children at M Shed, the innovative new museum for Bristol opening in Spring 2011.