‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ Street Art by Banksy, Margate 2023

A Banksy artwork called ‘Valentine’s Day mascara’ was spotted in Margate on Grosvenor Place. The piece portrayed a 1950s housewife wearing a blue checkered dress and yellow rubber gloves, with a black eye and a missing tooth. She was closing the lid of a discarded trunk freezer, with the legs and shoes of a man poking out from the other side. The artwork addressed the issue of domestic violence and reminded us that love should not hurt.

As Valentine’s Day is celebrated, it is essential to remember that, for some, it is a day of fear and abuse. We should strive for relationships based on equality and respect, not violence and abuse.

Banksy confirmed the stencil art was his work via his Instagram account.

It was worth noting that there were resources available to help those experiencing domestic abuse, such as the National Domestic Abuse Helpline run by Refuge.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 – www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ (run by Refuge)

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet. V-Day believes that when art and activism come together, they have the power to transform systems and change culture.

V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day to celebrate women and end violence.



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