The sun is shining, the tunes are pumping and the paint is flowing.
Join us for a fun and free day out at The College Project, Timsbury Walk, Bedminster Bristol, BS3 5JJ.
In the spring of 2009 nearly 50 of Bristol’s best known and most successful graffiti and street artists invaded the city’s oldest and grandest gallery, the Royal West Of England Academy (RWA). It was a brave gamble allowing the art to be spray directly onto the walls of the Academy, but a gamble that paid of as record numbers attended and it was hailed as the show of the year.
Here’s a little reminder of what it was all about.
Nelson Street in Bristol’s City Centre was a buzz on Saturday as the party got into full swing.
But of course it’s all been about the painting. At the start of the week the walls were boasting a massive piece by Ayrz from Barcelona, a fresh mural from New Yorkers the TATS CRU, a huge black and white piece by Shoe from Amsterdam and the making of a piece by Mr Wany from Italy. Now as the party comes to an end there are further pieces on the main street from El Mac from LA, Mau Mau, Xenz, Cheo, Jody and a giant vandal by Bristol’s Nick Walker and many many more.
If you still haven’t been down to check it out but do intend to, make sure you meander off the main road as up steps, around corners and in alleys you’ll find some of the Bristol artists we all know and love including Richt, 45RPM, Tom Hine, Paris, Milk and Andy Council.
Here are a few pics from the first days of painting- for a full set of pics, which were updated as the week progressed please visit.
BIG plans for Nelson Street in Bristol city centre have now been publicly revealed.
Over 30 UK and international artists will be in town from the 14th to the 21st August busy transforming the dingy streets’ grey concrete buildings into something spectacular. Some of these buildings are in access of 50ft tall so there are going to be some HUGELY impressive murals on show, in fact quite possibly some of the largest in the world.
Participating international artists include El Mac (LA), Smug (Australia), Tats Cru (NY), Swanski (Poland), Wow 123 (Germany), Neils ‘Shoe’ Meulman )Holland), Mr. Wany (Italy), Revert (France), Kashink (France) & Otto Schnade, (Chile) and of course there will also be many of your favourite UK artists including Inkie, Nick Walker, Kid Acne, Mr Jago, Soker, Xenz, Paris & Cheo to name but a few.
Make sure you’re there and witness history being made!
For more details and the full story on this amazing project visit http://bristolpolitics.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/bristol-street-to-be-transformed-into-europes-biggest-street-art-project/
We dropped by the King Of Paint last night to take in the new solo show from Paris – ‘Come and Join the Future’.
The new collection of work sees Paris taking a brightly coloured journey into abstractism, it is colourful, fun and, judging by the red dots going up .. popular.
The show opens to the public at 7.30pm this evening so …. Go and join the Future we think you’ll like it!
Here’s a little taster.
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And of course The Deaner Show opens at the Upfest Gallery in Bedminster tonight, plenty of time to fit both shows in though.
Also as part of The Deaner Show there will be live painting taking place in the Vector Car Park on Raleigh Road (off North Street, opposite The Tobacco Factory) over the weekend.
Opening this Friday 6.30pm @ the Upfest Gallery (198 North Street, Bedminster)
Featuring artists who have painted the walls at Dame Emily Skate Park, Bedminster, Bristol over the past 20 years! And that’s quite alot!
“Dame Emily Skate Park in Bedminster was, and still is, the most important and frequently painted graffiti hall of fame in Bristol.
It was where the city’s first crew, the Z-Boys, took their initial, tentative steps into writing – on a ramp, rather than a wall – and was the location of some of the biggest jams ever held in Bristol.
Over the years thousands of writers from Bristol, the UK, Europe, and indeed all over the world, have got up on its legendary walls. The Deaner as it is affectionately known, is an ever-evolving physical record of the city’s graffiti history. If walls could talk we’d be here all day (and many of us still are, whenever we get the chance). To peel away the layers of paint on the walls of the Dean Lane hall of fame would be to reveal the very history of the city’s graff scene”. – FLX
For a brilliant night out and to support an amazing charity head down to the Attic Bar in Stokes Croft on the 6th May.
Temwa is a very hard-working Bristol based charity who are continually fund-raising in order to provide a sustainable future for the people of Malawi through community based projects. 100% of the profits from the event go directly to Temwa.
It’s a really fun night and you may even pick yourself up an arty bargain.
For more about Temwa and the event please take a look at press release here Art for Africa 2011 Press Release
We popped by Upfest on Saturday 5th June to say hi to some friends and took a few snaps while we were there.
There really was a lot going on in Bristol on Friday the 14th May and we managed to cram in three of those things!
First up a visit to the Museum for the opening of the Art From The New World Show, curated by the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.
The show featured work from 49 of Americas emerging and established contemporary artists, including Sas & Colin Christian, Carlos Ramos, Mark Ryden, Sylvia Ji and Buff Monster. The show is on until the 22nd August so plenty of chance to take a gander.
There were some stunning pieces on show, here are a few of our faves.
Of course the buzz on the night was all about the performance to be staged by burlesque star Dita Von Teese, however I’m sorry but no pics of that on this blog and not because we are moral in our standings and believe this to be degrading to women, oh no, we really wanted to catch 3Dom’s solo show at the Weapon Of Choice so it was very much graff over knockers for us!!!
We hot footed it down Queens Road and got to WOC with minutes to spare but the gallery was still packed. 3Dom had done himself and the gallery proud with some amazing sketches and painted pieces, far removed from what you see him throwing up on the walls of Bristol.
We had just enough time to have a quick browse and take some pics before we were kicked out and on on our way down town to Start The Bus where Inkie, Sepr and Dylan Shipley were waging ‘Secret Wars’ against Glasgow.
After some previous controversial defeats we are glad to announce that Friday nights winners were Bristol with the supporting cheers hitting 123 on the ol’ decibel counter. Yeah go Bristol.
Next stop ….. home and bed!!!
For more photos from all of these events please check out our Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/27892381@N04/