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…

Ektober Jam

As the cold Autumn days draw ever shorter there was still time for a mini paint jam on the Millennium Walkway at the end of October featuring a host of writers from Cardiff and further afield. Cardiff based writers Amok, Karm and Somes painted in green tones with blue outlines on the boards running parallel…

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…

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The NuArt Festival is Norway’s largest street art event which has been running since the turn of the millennium throughout the city of Stavanger. Over the years it has attracted a high callibre of international street artists with the 2016 cast of an equally high standard. Featured throughout the Scandanavian city are pasteups, stencils, installations,…

Perky Pinky

The Millennium Walkway has now featured a range of graffiti, street art and some more contemporary artwork over the last year. Set in the shadows of the Millennium Stadium the latest addition is an abstract selection of semi-circles and arrows in pink and purple colours possibly spelling out something like Rind? Complete with tags from…

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…

Autumn Art

As the nights start to draw in and a whole host of artists are still out drawing along the Millennium Walkway in Cardiff’s city centre. The rapidly changing wall has recently been painted by Resh who came back on Monday to finish this piece. Painters from Cardiff and further afield have visited the long wall…

Listening out

A random visit to a disused building in the north of the city and obvious signs of nature totally taking over this derelict farmhouse. A little rummage around and what looked like a character began to appear from the wilderness on one of the crumbling concrete walls. Distinct in style and one of the last…

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…

Mr Plobby

A leisurely bank holiday weekend stroll down the Millennium Walkway revealed a whole host of new work from a range of artists, including some new ones to the city. Nestling amongst a corner was this mixed media piece featuring an apple munching character in a mixture of paint, ink, pens, plaster, tippex…. loads of ‘stuff’!…

Breakin the Bay 2016

Breakin’ The Bay is a free annual Hip Hop festival held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. It’s billed as a celebration of Hip Hop culture covering the elements of DJ and MCing along with graffiti and street art too. This year it was held over the last two weekends of July –…

Captain Cenzible

Mr Cenz is a London based graffiti artist whom attended the first Hype Festival held in Gloucester city centre. The Hype Festival was a replacement for the cancelled city-wide ‘Paint Jam’ but even so still 50 or so artists turned up to paint on specially erected boards in the city’s King Square – with Mr…

Dopemon

Once the latest Breakin’ The Bay event came to an end it usually results in some of the artists staying around for a few extra days and adding some more great work around the city. This time artists Rmer and Tizer hit the Millennium Walkway alongside the Millennium Stadium for their latest post-event creation. Taking…

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…

Sokar Uno

Sokar Uno is a painter and street artist who has travelled from Germany to visit the Upfest street art festival in Bristol. Painting on a light terracota coloured wall set just off Bedminster’s high street – he began by painting the framework for his sprawling character. #wip shot of an awesome piece by @sokaruno going…

Comms check

An unscheduled trip to Cardiff’s Sevenoaks Park to discover a lot of new work appearing along nearly the whole length of the bricked wall. Featuring works from Dybe, NFS and the No Frills crew. Admitting defeat in decyphering all the names – if there’s any you know then please send them in! On the left…

Dan fest

Dan Kitchener aka DANK, aka DNK is now famous for epic scale murals, which feature his trademark oriental landscapes depicting rainy, neon filled city scenes and geisha women. He attended the Bristol-based street art festival Upfest to paint along with hundreds of other artists who have descended on the city for the two day event….

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…

Rhythm is a dancer

As temperatures exceed 30⁰c in the capital, some artists took to the Millennium Walkway to paint a few new pieces alongside the hoardings at the river-side location. Nearest the Cardiff Castle end you are greeted with a ‘Good Morning Wales’ piece in the colours of Y Ddraig Goch and the line ‘It’s Cardiff braah’ Nestled…

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…

Eu in or out?

The Eu Referendum was the biggest vote of a generation and it’s great to see that this humongous decision was also reflected in some street art by Unity aka Millimagic on the Millennium Walkway. Set on the ever changing wall the large cracking letters of the ‘EU’ are set among a range of pink question…

Blue Avenger

Previously featured on this back street lane was a tribute to the film ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ which can be viewed on the link:- https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/nightmare-on-elm-street/ And following on from this film connection is the latest work from Rmer which features the character Thanos from the new version of The Avengers. Luckily Barry Diamond caught…

Goodbye Hailey

Hailey Park nestles between the River Taff and the high street of Llandaf North in Cardiff. A small path connects the high street to the park and has previously been a mecca for street art and graffiti over the last ten years. The Tactile Bosch/The Boiler House building has already been demolished and it was…

Check Mait

Nestling near Cardiff’s Gabalfa flyover is a hidden park named Maitland Park. A very long wall makes it’s way around the perimeter and acts as a great canvas for some street art and graffiti. As the start of Summer beckons some new work adorns the walls in the park starting with some pieces by Rim,…

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…

Under water street jam

After the success of the last street jam along the Millennium Walkway it was time to follow it up with more great street art in the aptly titled ‘Underwater Paint Jam’ (welcome to the traditional Welsh weather!) Set next to the Millennium Stadium and the hoardings running the 340ft length alongside the River Taff –…

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…

Camden Ping Pang

An early morning stumble along the popular street art spots in Camden revealed a blue canvas that had been freshly painted. The previous day it was sporting this handiwork by artist This is Opium (you see what I did there?) Artist Pang had been commissioned to paint as part of a campaign for The British…

Sporting the dragon

Take an ageing 1970s block in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields and how do you update it, tidy up the exterior and create something amazing at the same time? Well you get Cardiff artist Peaceful Progress involved and get him to totally transform the site! The building had previously been dogged by graffiti and tags over the…

Helter Skulter

Set in the heart of Cardiff Bay and only a stones throw away from the Wales Millennium Centre is a half constructed building which has stood empty for many years now. Originally painted by Rmer and Tizer their previous work can be viewed by clicking the image or link below:- https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/drinking-the-bay/ So over the weekend…

Changing Places

As the area around the bus station changes and the new buildings get taller and taller – premises are starting to shut down ready for demolition – which means there are more opportunities for artists to paint on all the remaining boarded-up shopfronts. As Marland House slowly shuts down the old food outlet now houses…

Back to Nature Paint Jam Pt3

The latest street art event to be held in Cardiff took place right next to the Millennium Stadium over a weekend in March. The two day event was called the ‘Back to Nature Paint Jam’ and was organised by local artist Amelia ‘Unity’ Thomas. It was held to coincide with International Women’s Day on March…

Vanesa Longchamp

Taking part in the Back to Nature Paint Jam event was a whole host of artists from Cardiff and from around the UK including Bristol, London and the South Coast. Whom all turned up to paint in the shadows of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff city centre on a bright but chilly Spring day. The…

The colour of money

Regular Cardiff street artist Colourdoomed has taken to a wall in the Roath part of the city to unleash his latest offering. Painting on the side of a house on Inverness Place the artist spent many days covering the white canvas with a giant blue character holding up a small character in his fingers. A…

Tiger Bay Skate Park

The dream of Cardiff Bay was originally to be a mecca for leisure and sporting activities with the huge man-made lake to be the centre-piece for attracting a range of sports. The reality has been the introduction of the Extreme Sailing series, the building (eventually) of a new icerink, a white water rafting complex and…

Gwenno Saunders

In November the previous works by Colourdoomed and Phil Morgan were blacked out on the huge walls surrounding the Clwb Ifor Bach located on Womanby Street in the heart of Cardiff. (Click either image to view more of each work.) A photo posted by R.MER (@rmerism) on Oct 19, 2015 at 6:16am PDT The guys…

Elm Street Summer

After a relatively dry Summer and time for a whole host of Cardiff’s street artists to take to the safe surroundings to the lanes of Elm Street. A strikingly colourful skull from Rmer takes centre stage – now becoming one of the artist’s trademark pieces. A total assault on the senses – the colours all…

Lights, Camera, Acton.

Standing heads and shoulders above the West London skyline are a group of ageing tower blocks condemed and awaiting the end of their natural life. The writing is truly on the wall for these buildings! Here in Acton new ‘luxury’ apartments are rising from where the old are being demolished tower by tower. So it…

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…

March of Ownership

You can’t beat a day of urban exploring in derelict buildings around Wales (aka urbexing) and this day took us to the South Wales valley town of Abercarn. The 1890’s Chapel laid abandoned and forlorn amongst the leafy valley which had deteriorated slowly since it’s closure in 1980. Even though there was space to park…

Taffside Jam

Now a regular occurrence throughout the year it was time for the latest paint jam to take place alongside Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The Taffside Jam took place at the start of November and invited a whole range of artists from the local area and beyond to paint on the Millennium Walkway. Heads turned up safe…

Cool towers

On a recent trip to the Ukraine there was an opportunity to visit Chernobyl and the area close to the nuclear reactors. The first location was at some deserted cooling towers on the site of the never completed Chernobyl Reactor 5. On arrival two great structures could be seen in the distance, with one an…

Lima street art

A recent trip touring around Peru in South America, led to unearth a trail of street art adorning the Pervian capital of Lima. Above a local art gallery had some 3-d art attached to the fencing – only revealed at a certain angle. Whereas below a roller-esque piece of street art featuring the words Lima…