Today a rare, signed Banksy artwork anonymously donated to Bristol's Cube Microplex cinema was auctioned at Bonhams in London for £11k, helping the venue's ambitious future plans move one step closer to fruition.
The piece, a limited-edition signed print from the Bristol street artist's Di-Faced Tenners series, was passed to the volunteer collective who run the Cube last year, during their campaign to raise funds to buy the freehold on the historic building it's occupied since 1998.
That £185,000 target was met on 11 December thanks to an avalanche of generosity from the general public. But with the Cube's long-term existence secured, the next stage is crucial too.
The money raised from the Banksy sale will go towards essential maintenance work – first and foremost, on repairing the cinema roof. Plans are also in development for improving disabled access, carrying out acoustic and cosmetic improvements, upgrading toilets and heating and redesigning the Cube's interior in line with its proud history as a social, inclusive and creative space.
The Cube will be continuing its fundraising drive during 2014 in order to achieve its long-term aspirations. All contributions are gratefully accepted – and will be ploughed directly into the fabric of the building.
To donate or to find out more visit www.cubecinema.com.