Banksy's No Ball Games Mural Removed From Tottenham

By Zoe Craig Last edited 60 months ago
Banksy's No Ball Games Mural Removed From Tottenham

Banksy's No Ball Games before it was removed. Photo by Kyoto Song

A second Banksy mural has been removed from a wall in Tottenham.

The artwork, called No Ball Games which shows two kids playing with a "no ball games" sign was cut out of the side of a shop yesterday, at the junction of Tottenham High Road and Philip Lane. The stencil dates from 2009.

It's been taken by the same group who sold Banksy's Slave Labour, which was taken from a wall in Wood Green last February. The Sincura Group said it had not been appreciated in situ and would be sensitively restored and sold in 2014. Slave Labour went on to reach an estimated £750,000 at auction in June.

Haringey Trades Council secretary Keith Flett said, "The Banksy was an important cultural feature of the area, and if it has been removed – which currently looks rather likely given the wall is being re-plastered – it will be another indication that local people’s wishes in the area come second to the interests of profit."

Sincura Group released a statement saying the artwork had been "gifted" to local charity Step by Step, which works with disabled children and their families in Haringey.

Last Updated 26 July 2013


Who are Sincura?


This "Sincura group" have taken it because "it had not been appreciated in situ"

...So, do they speak for the local community? Have they consulted them ALL?
Is their appreciation, and that of passers-by & passing traffic not valid?

Could they not instead compile a glossary & map of these artworks for people to seek out and visit ?- or accompanying in situ information for ppl to come across, like blue plaques?

Oh, sorry - just realised: by "not been appreciated" they meant it had not been earning ££££. Silly me.


Who owns the freehold on the building? Are they taking a cut?


i'm thinking of a word that rhymes with tanker....


"not appreciated in situ", so instead they will sell it to someone and it will be locked away where it will appreciated by only a few who have access.
Who owns this building? Surely they must have agreed to it being removed...??


I think a lot of unfair criticism has been placed on the Sincura Group. I know the company, and they are an honest and moral business. They don't go round finding banksy artworks to rip off walls and sell.
People approach them and they evaluate every piece on merit. They sit with the owners and explain the impact it has. They do not own these pieces, they are no involved in the removal, they just manage the process. They have never taken a single penny in profit from banksy's street artwork.
At the end of the day if the owners of these pieces wish to sell them then surely it is better going to experts in the field who can ensure the art is restored to it's full glory (i saw slave labour and it was stunning), sold in a controlled manner, and that something good comes out of the sale (ie donations of funds to charities).

Adam White

This wouldn't happen if people wouldn't do stupid things like placing perspex over Banksy works in the first place. The cult of Banksy has elevated the worth of his artwork and people therefore want to own originals.

I'm not really a fan, but I've always thought graffiti was intended to be a temporary thing - it would be either defaced by others or painted over in time. This desire to preserve "street art" is both missing the point and creating the conditions which lead to it being cut off the sides of buildings and sold to the highest bidder.


I only saw it for the first time last Saturday. I was walking down the High St and there it was. I'm alien to the area.
And I thought how clever, cheeky and unexpected. I guess that was the original thought behind the work ; to be surprised, to witness and to evoke a thought, duscussion or just to be reminiscent.

Nicolò Wojewoda

I started a petition asking Sincura to return the artwork to the people of Tottenham:


Who really ARE the Sincura group?
What gives them the authorisation to vandalise walls?
Moreover, what gives them the authorsation to steal public art?
What ever is next? will they steal Nelson of its column?
They should be charged.


Hey Adam, what would happen if the artwork wasn't covered with perspex? I think this kind of graffiti is a bit different to what i normally see...
I don't know who the Sincura Group is, but should they sell artwork without knowledge and approval of the artist, then I only have one word for this. Also they of course do this because they have nothing better to do....means non profit?? C'm on.


Grafitti. Get rid.