Cardiff Andy Council

Bristol born illustrator and murialist Andy Council made a whistlestop tour to Cardiff and visited the offices of Rio Architects on Allensbank Road in the suburbs of Cardiff. Organised by Cardiff Doozie whom are a collective of ‘Cardiff Creatives’ – this was the latest in a series of meetups and networking events in the city….

Square deal

As two years of painting on the Millennium Walkway comes to an end local enthusiast Barry Diamond has recorded the whole length of the 200m wall. He’s painstakingly stitched all the work together into one very long panorama image – here it is in video form to save you scrolling yourself! Due to Cardiff Council…

Nuart Aberdeen: Julien De Casabianca

Previously being held in Norway since 2001, the yearly Nuart street art festival was on vacation for 2017 and took a trip to it’s twinned city of Aberdeen in Scotland for it’s latest outing. The Nuart festival once again invited a host of top international artists to paint in Aberdeen over the Easter weekend including…

Suns out, cans out

As we saunter into Summer and the days are becoming much longer – meaning more time to paint and more time to saunter around and capture some of the great work adorning the walls of Cardiff. A legal wall for many years now is located in the Grangetown area of the city and stretches 300m…

Millennium Walk away

After proudly showcasing street art and graffiti on a long wall near the Millennium Stadium for the last couple of years … it was now time for change … apparently! We know that all good things must come to an end but here Cardiff Council have slapped signs all over the street art announcing the…

Nuart Aberdeen: Jaune

The Nuart Festival held yearly in Stavanger, Norway has branched out and taken it’s showcase of street art onto the road and visited it’s twin city of Aberdeen in Scotland. The legendary street art festival may have changed locations but the high callibre of talent on offer is still easy to see around every corner…

Nuart Aberdeen Map

The Nuart Festival has taken a trip from it’s usual home of Stavanger in Norway and ventured to it’s twin city of Aberdeen in Scotland for their latest event. The art festival has invited the world’s biggest street artists to paint across the city centre with a range of work on display including huge murals,…

Cruel Vapours in Little Cardiff

A post Christmas and New Year blow out to set 2017 off with a bang… and a few bangers from the Cardiff faithful and a meeting with a few from Bristol too. It almost seems a yearly occurrence now for the Wales and West crew painting near the Principality Stadium in Cardiff City Centre. A…

Seven hills of Lisbon

GUEST BLOGGER NEIL PATTERSON POSTS ON HIS LATEST TRIP TO THE CITY OF LISBON AND HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF A SHORT TRIP THERE TO VIEW ALL THE CITY’S STREET ART By @l7matrix A post shared by The Deaf Guy (@np4tterson) on Mar 30, 2017 at 9:24am PDT Massive wall 😱 by #novecinco @novecinco…

Sokar Uno Camden

German artist Sokar Uno had visited Bristol to take part in the Upfest before moving on and painting his next big piece in London.   Click the link below to view more on his Upfest work. https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/sokar-uno/ In London, along with an invited group of 30 artists, Sokar Uno visited the Chalk Farm housing estate…

Wall of fame! Walk of shame!

Since 2015 the Millennium Walkway has hosted a whole range of street art and graffiti along the 200m route. The grey plastic boards have lined the walkway from Canton Bridge right upto The Millennium Stadium and have attracted artists from across the whole of the UK… along with a few musical artists too! Recently plans…

Kennard Phillips – State of the Nation

A huge lightbox has spanned the entrance to Chapter Arts Centre for many years now with a host of artists displaying work across the large backlit canvas. As the previous work from Artes Mundi finalist Nastio Mosquito was covered up over two days – it left a great mashup of the old and incoming new…

Welsh Language Music Day – Celf stryd

The second ever Welsh Language Music Day was held on 10th February, 2017 with the aim of celebrating and promoting music from Wales to the world. A series of events were held throughout the day with the Welsh Government working in partnership with Deezer, HMV, BBC, Grazing Shed, Spillers and others to help spread the…

‘Happy’ Valentine’s Day

February the 14th is usually a happy day to celebrate relationships – but here some artwork that has appeared in Cardiff on Valentine’s Day has been painted with another message in mind. A small group of artists from Cardiff and Bristol have painted on the Millennium Walkway to highlight the issue of domestic abuse. Unity…

Teratology Vera

Italian street artist Vera Bugatti paid a visit to London to continue her huge murals that she has unleashed all around the world. Fighting the cold December temperatures Vera took to a wall near the junction between Old Street and Goswell Road in Clerkenwell. Painting on the side of a rough bricked wall the artist…

Smurfing about

Another new batch of work has appeared along Cardiff’s Millennium Walkway – all with a cartoon character spin. First up is this Smurf character sporting some long blonde hair and is probably the first female Smurf called Smurfette. Smurfette is pictured running away from a gold ‘Past’ throw up – complete with some extra tags…

I love you

Situated on Roath’s Crwys Road is the latest work from local artist ‘Unity‘ This new work is nestled next to previous work from Unity which can be viewed by clicking the link below:- https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/goldi-licks/ It’s just a minute’s walk from the nearby ‘Death Junction’ where Unity aka Millimagic has painted some large white letters spelling…

Little Punk by Zabou

This corner of trendy Camden changes quite regularly throughout the year where Hawley Street and its lane are a fantastic spot for new street art to appear in the London town. It’s always special catching an artist at work and here French artist Zabou was putting the finishing touches to her latest piece. Since being…

Park Street makeover

This stretch running parrellel to Wood Street and next to the now named Principality Stadium is called Park Street and this is how it looked near the end of 2016. New boards were erected during 2016 due to bad weather causing them to be blown over. Brand new boards, brand new work! So a range…

Lora Zombie Attack

Russian born artist Lora Zombie recently paid a visit to East London and certainly made her mark on the area. First she visited Hanbury Street and painted next to this creation from Wasp Elder and HB. (Click any image to see more on that work.) Titled ‘Heartbreaker Kid’ here a young child is painted kicking…

Wasp Elder and Helen Bur on Hanbury Street

WIP @abcdefghelens & @waspelder A post shared by Nelly Balazs (@monoprixx) on Jan 11, 2017 at 2:07pm PST Artists Colour Doomed and Helen Bur took to a back street wall in London’s Shoreditch area for their latest creation. Painting as Wasp Elder and HB the canvas was on a long bricked wall located on Hanbury…

Street art by Neil Patterson

GUEST BLOGGER NEIL PATTERSON POSTS ON HIS DISCOVERY OF STREET ART AND WHAT IT MEANS TO HIM ALONG WITH SOME PICTURES FROM HIS LATEST VISIT TO CARDIFF It was quite a strange experience the first time I really opened my eyes to it. I was wandering around Liverpool in early 2014 when I noticed this…

2017 Peace

A great start to 2017 featuring some positive street art from local artist Unity aka Millimagic. Painting on the Millennium Walkway among bright Winter skies this piece really lifts the spirits. Based around the word PEACE – complete with the tagline of Love and Respect for the forthcoming twelve months. Unity was also joined by…

Home and Away

Stalwarts of the Cardiff art scene – Colourdoomed and HB returned for one week only to paint in a fantastic location slap bang in the city centre. Arriving from their current base in Germany – the duo took to a beige rendered wall on Barrack Lane to unleash their latest creation on the city’s walls….

Lego love

Brighton based brick artist BLM paid Cardiff a visit to help celebrate the opening of a new Lego shop. Specialising in Lego based art BLM was commissioned by the Bricks at Home shop to make 30 pieces of Lego art and release them to the city’s streets. Firstly this wonderous Welsh dragon was placed outside…

Spray for Christmas

It’s that time of the year when Mariah Carey is blasting out everywhere, the Coca Cola truck causes traffic chaos and a fake gold tree causes Cardiff Council to apologise for the late delivery of a smaller than expected Christmas tree – yes it can mean only one thing – Ittttttsssssssssss Chriiiiiiiiiiiissstmaaaaaaas! Over the last…

NuArt: Jaune

Hailing from Brussels in Belgium, street artist Jaune is best known for his stencil work featuring workmen going about their daily routines. For a few days in September the artist visited the Norwegian port of Stavanger to take part in the city’s NuArt festival. Since 2011 his familiar workmen began appearing on walls when he…

Temporary Palaces

Cardiff Contemporary is the Welsh capital’s biennial festival of contemporary arts taking place for 4 weeks from late October to November. The event is set at various locations around Cardiff with some set in traditional galleries with others in derelict buildings – and even one on the roof of a car park. Artist Robert Montgomery…

Broken-Hearted-Europe

The NuArt festival is an international contemporary street and urban art festival held annually in Stavanger, Norway since 2001. A brief visit in September this year revealed a lot of text-based art around the Norwegian city by artist Robert Montgomery. Robert was born in Scotland but now lives in London and here we can see…

Farewell Phlegm

After standing proud on the side of Marland House next to Cardiff’s bus station for exactly two years – it was now time for the building to be demolished along with the rest of the area and for some great street art to vanish forever. As the Central Square development gathers pace – even world…

South Park

Apart from all the street artists who arrive at Bristol’s Upfest to paint on large public walls there is also a space given over to hundred’s of other artists in attendance to paint on hoardings specially erected at the South Street Park. Just a minute’s walk away from Bedminster’s North Street the park is set…

Boris Johnsoned

As the country recovers and takes stock after the decision to leave the European Union – some artists have not stayed in and left to add some political artwork to the walls of Cardiff. Local artist Spk has pasted this amazing picture of Brexiter Boris Johnson in all his glory. The Tory twerp is depicted…

Sporting greats

The ageing changing rooms at Pontcanna Fields in Cardiff have recently been updated by local artist Peaceful Progress whom previously painted this fantastic dragon on one side. Click the link to see more about the Dragon here :- https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/sporting-the-dragon/ On another side of the black building the artist has now continued the commission from Cardiff…

ADP Riot Tour

He may be best known for being part of 90’s rave band The KLF or for crazily burning £1 million pounds but artist James (Jimmy) Cauty has launched a new project touring around the UK called The ADP Riot Tour. After a session in 2015 at Banksy’s Dismaland the artist has decided to pack the…

Subway street art

Once the busiest docks in the world Cardiff Bay has a lot of history and stories to tell. But as the new ‘Cardiff Bay’ takes over from the older ‘Tiger Bay’ it’s great to unearth some history about the place which has been brought to the forefront by local artist Peaceful Progress. The artist was…

Whoop Ass Kanye West

As Kanye West was taking to the stage in Glastonbury for the first time here local artist Phil Morgan was taking to the walls of Cardiff with his latest creation. Taking to a large wall on the back lanes just off City Road, known locally as ‘Gremlin Alley’, Phil featured a representation of Kanye in…

Grenfell Tower

As the nation rallies around to help all those affected by the devastating fire at the Grenfell Tower in London – many people want to express their feelings in a number of ways. Some are helping out in the community, some providing food and shelter whereas others are taking to the streets to paint to…

Wasp Elder in a state

Whilst residing in Cardiff the artist brighten up the city of Cardiff painting under the name of Colour Doomed for many years – whereas since moving on to more exotic places like Berlin and London he’s now painting under the pseudonym of Wasp Elder. In April 2017 Wasp Elder ventured to the London suburb of…

Vote graffiti love

As the Uefa football juggernaut left Cardiff all attention turned to the General Election taking place on June 8th. Thoughts were also with friends and family of the victims from the latest terror attack in London occurring just minutes after the final whistle blew in the Champions League Final being held in Cardiff. On a…

The writings on the wall

The writing has been on the wall for many weeks now since it was announced that the legal street art on the hoardings running alongside the Millennium Walkway were to cease. As the city now prepares to host the Champions League Final at the Millennium Stadium a decision had been taken to utilise the walkway…

Dylan Thomas Day

As the huge juggernaut of the Uefa Champions League Final rolls into Cardiff – lots of change is afoot to host the biggest sporting event ever to come to the capital. Some parts of the city are being cleaned up and being made more secure to help house the expected quarter of a million visitors…

Tunnel Vision

An elaborate maze of tunnels and roads weaves it’s way underneath the main railway line heading into the South Wales city of Swansea. The fantastic arched brick structures have provided passageways for many years but have recently had a makeover courtesy of The Tunnel Vision Jam. What had previously become a dark, uninviting area blighted…

Roadside Craic

A once busy, bustling area of Cardiff full of warehouses, garages and industrial units. (Would you call this area Grangetown or Leckwith?) But recently a lot of car showrooms have moved elsewhere in the city and now the area has become a bit neglected thus resulting in some large hoardings being erected around the vacant…

St Smurfs Day

March the 1st, 2017 and who needs an excuse to paint in the Welsh capital on St David’s Day? Here local artists Unity and Past painted along the hoardings surrounding the new construction near Hailey Park and created these colourful beauties. Dog and smurfs say 'dydd gwyl dewi hapus'… With @official_kid and Oscar the hound…