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Dismaland up for South Bank arts award

Do Not UseDo Not Use 3/05/2016

Elusive artist Banksy has landed a South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination for his Dismaland theme park.

The "bemusement park" at a derelict seaside lido in Weston-super-Mare attracted thousands of visitors when it opened last summer.

Other awards nominees include electronica band Years and Years and the BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by Lord Melvyn Bragg, at London's Savoy Hotel on 5 June.

Now celebrating their 20th anniversary, the awards honour "the very best of British culture and achievement".

Banksy competes in the visual art category against Cornelia Parker for Magna Carta (An Embroidery) at The British Library and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk at the Serpentine Gallery.

Historical drama Wolf Hall is joined in the TV drama category alongside Channel 4's Humans and Doctor Foster (BBC One).

In the pop category, Benjamin Clementine, Years and Years, and Sleaford Mods go head to head.

The film category features Ex Machina, 45 Years and Brooklyn, while the theatre contenders are Oresteia, People, Places and Things and Hangmen.

Lord Bragg said the South Bank Sky Arts Awards were a "freeze-frame on a unique moment in British cultural history".

He added: "This is the 20th of these annual awards and a ripple through the records shows an extraordinary tapestry of talent, ever-changing but always the same in its high quality."


Classical music

Stephen Hough, International Piano Series: Debussy and Chopin, Royal Festival Hall

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons' Farewell Concert, Symphony Hall

Mark Simpson, The Immortal


The Wolf Border, Sarah Hall

The Year Of The Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota

The Past, Tessa Hadley


Oresteia, Almeida Theatre

People, Places And Things, National Theatre and Headlong

Hangmen, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre


Benjamin Clementine, At Least For Now

Years and Years, Communion

Sleaford Mods, Key Markets


Catastrophe, Channel 4

Peter Kay's Car Share, BBC One

Chewing Gum, E4

TV drama

Wolf Hall, BBC Two

Humans, Channel 4

Doctor Foster, BBC One


Krol Roger, Royal Opera House

Saul, Glyndebourne

Force of Destiny, English National Opera

Visual art

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery), The British Library

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk, Serpentine Gallery

Banksy: Dismaland Bemusement Park


Ex Machina

45 Years



Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

1984, Northern Ballet

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), Lost Dog

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