Welcome Mat


Banksy Welcome Mat is a hand-stitched doormat using the fabric from life vests which has been published by Love Welcome in 2020.

·  Hand-stitched doormat using the fabric from life vests
·  62,5 x 45 cm x 3 cm (24,6 x 17,7 x 1,4 inch)
·  Numbered 2xxx on official Gross Domestic Product label
·  Batch 2020, comes in the original Love Welcome box


Along with the Banksy™ Early Learning Counting Set, this work presents a cutting take on the ongoing refugee crisis that has seen thousands of people risk their lives in the illegal crossing of the Mediterranean and the English Channel.

Ostensibly a welcome mat of the type seen outside many of Britain’s homes, the work reveals itself to be layered with poignant meaning, its bright and cheery message stitched together from the fabric of discarded life vests that promise to keep the migrant afloat in case of capsizing in rough seas. In the original description for the piece in the online Gross Domestic Product, customers were advised that the limited edition pieces ‘no longer constitute a valid buoyancy aid – although shockingly many never did – they're cheap fakes sold by people smugglers and don't actually float.’

While many other products in the shop seemed to capitalise on the things they were satirising this work offered a more sensitive approach. It was originally made in conjunction with the organisation 'Love Welcomes', who work with women held in detention camps in Greece. The GDP website also listed that all proceeds from the original sales were ‘retained locally to help refugees access key services.’

The GDP project began as a showroom filled with Banksy products which was unveiled in October 2019 in Croydon, South London. Appearing almost overnight, the ‘shop’ became a viral sensation with visitors queuing round the block to get a look at Banksy’s new ‘homewares brand’.

The shop never opened however and customers were told to go online to purchase these products which ranged from the welcome mat seen here to a limited edition version of the stab vest worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury that same year. But once online customers could not buy products straight away; instead they were asked to answer the question ‘Why does art matter?’ which would then enter them into consideration for a piece. This was intended to avoid buyers acquiring pieces purely for investment, in a move that mirrored the original motivation behind the concept of the shop which was to prevent a greeting card company from trademarking the Banksy name. With GDP Banksy got there first, releasing a line of products that go beyond the cheap merchandise that usually imitates his designs in order to convey important messages about our society and to create innovative artworks at the same time.

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

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