‘Face of Dismaland’ attends awards for Banksy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 June 2016

Farhath Siddiqui

Farhath Siddiqui

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A Weston College student moonlighted as Dismaland’s elusive curator Banksy at the weekend at a prestigious London awards ceremony.

The renowned street artist was nominated in the Visual Arts category of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for his work at the Tropicana last summer.

Dismaland transformed the former lido into a living art gallery for five weeks in August and September, prompting tens of thousands of visitors to flock to Weston.

The awards were held at the Savoy Hotel and 20-year-old Farhath Siddiqui, a student at the college and one of the infamous Dismaland stewards, was invited to represent Banksy at the event.

Farhath became one of the faces of Dismaland, appearing in national newspapers and tagged in numerous photos of the event.

Farhath told the Mercury Banksy wrote to her asking to her attend but insists she does not know who he is – no matter how much she would like to.

She said: “Banksy got in contact with me – and no, I don’t know who he is – but he wrote me the nicest message calling me the ‘unofficial face of Dismaland’.

“He asked me to attend the Southbank Awards on behalf of Dismaland. I had to keep it a secret for a while so it was all very exciting.

“The fact he choose me out of everyone was a little overwhelming, there were 
so many incredible people who worked there I was so surprised when he asked me.”

If Banksy had won the award, Farhath would have been given license to say anything on stage so long as she stayed in her dismal character, complete with mouse ears and hi-vis jacket.

Although Banksy did not win the award, Farhath enjoyed her swanky trip to London with all expenses paid.

She said: “I had an amazing time and Banksy had arranged a lot for me to be there that weekend. I was really grateful and I got to meet some inspiring celebrities and artists.

“When the day finally came I was so excited to tell everyone. It was a great opportunity, one I know I was very lucky to have.”

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