Grungetown lane

A typical view across most cities in the UK and a typical back street lane featuring rotting doors, car parts and rubbish – complete with a fair splattering of graffiti too. Larger than most, this back street lane in the Grangetown part of Cardiff, has attracted a variety of graffiti emblazoned on the crumbling walls…

My Dog Sighs

The inaugral Cheltenham Paint Festival took place over the first weekend of September in the Westcountry spa town in 2017. Around 70 artists descended on the town to work their magic on venues such as the North Place car park and the main High Street areas. Battling the weather conditions, and also the Tour of…

Upfest: Bear essentials

A new wall slightly off the beaten track of the photographed routes of North Street or the centre of Bedminster is a delight waiting to be discovered for all those that ventured to this part of the festival. Artist ATM was given quite a long thin wall to paint as part of the Upfest street…

Upfest: Enter the matrix

The yearly street art and graffiti festival ‘Upfest’ held in Bristol attracts a whole wealth of talent from across the UK and from across the whole world too. Born in Sao Paulo artist L7M or L7 Matrix arrived to bring his explosion of colour to a very white wall on Exmoor Street in the Bedminster…

Upfest: Angus robots

Local artist Angus has now been selected for three years consecutively to attend the street art and graffiti festival ‘Upfest’. Held for it’s tenth year now – Angus is no stranger as an artist to his home town of Bristol where the festival takes place over the last weekend of July. His recent work has…

Upfest: Stencil wowwing

A grey canvas on the side of Lilit Hair and Beauty was ready for it’s yearly makeover courtesy of the street art festival ‘Upfest’. The Upfest is now in it’s tenth year and Louis Masai was one of hundreds of invited artists to paint in Bristol in late July. Louis is known for his colourful…

Saw it first at Upfest!

It was the 10th anniversary of Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival where over 400 invited artists took to the streets of Bedminster in Bristol to take part in the Upfest. It was amazing to see so many walls were given over to act as giant canvas for the artists to paint but also…

South London Calling

A stone’s throw from London’s Crystal Palace transmitter and a short walk from the sprawling centre of Croydon is a small suburb known as Thornton Heath. There’s a real bustling South London high street with some prime buildings ready for some street art! Cue a 1960’s residential tower block in need of some love and…

Sevenoaks Paint Jam 2018

Such a large wall in the Grangetown part of Cardiff and such a long time since a large scale paint jam was held there. So step forward ‘Misery Hymns’ who organised the latest paint jam to hit the park. The event attracted a wide range of writers and painters from Cardiff and the surrounding areas….

Tooting Market

The street art bug has drifted further South across London over recent years with Tooting and Broadway getting in on the act and getting a very arty makeover. Both markets are separated by an Iceland and contains a LOT of street art within the maze of shops and outlets housed within. Walking in I thought…

Wild art life

Standing proudly near Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is one of the city’s legal graffiti walls which attracts a whole host of talented work throughout the year. (football permitting!) The wall is usually a showcase for the city’s writers and artists but on this occasion local artist, Unity Millimagic, was joined by 170 school children to assist…

Grenfell Graffiti Jam

Marking one year since the Grenfell fire disaster struck this part of London – it is clear to see how the community has come together to help support each other and fight for justice in what was allowed to occur at this tower. Tributes were apparent throughout the Grenfell area from residents, children and visitors…

Teufelsberg Calling

Set a few miles West from the centre of Berlin is a former US listening station called Teufelsberg. For much of the Cold War, the Americans and British used the Teufelsberg – a 120-metre hill in the west of Berlin to eavesdrop – for surveillance over Warsaw Pact countries. It has now laid empty for…

Atlantic record

It was one of the first areas of Cardiff to be transformed as part of the Cardiff Bay redevelopment with a host of apartments being built around this stretch of water known at Atlantic Wharf. As the sprawl of the bay moved to other areas some street art and graffiti has become apparent in these…

Seven ways to spray

The longest legal graffiti wall in Cardiff is based at the city’s Sevenoaks Park and is continually updated on a weekly basis – regardless of the weather. It attracts artists and writers from the local area and some from further afield too. Back in April, after the recent deluge, regulars Unity and Amok are pictured…

Sokar Time

A regular to the street art scene around the city of Berlin and around the world – artist Sokar Uno held his very first exhibition at the ‘Factory Berlin’ in Germany launching late April 2018. Held in his homeland the exhibition ‘Delirium’ was a chance to showcase his talents in creating art that encapsulates vintage…

IS IT ART?

Originally posted on Foreign Insight:
Graffiti for decades has been treated as social disorder, something to be fought by authorities to prevent more serious crimes from happening. Now that bombing has turned into a business, Amelia (Unity) Thomas is fighting for the essence of graffiti: creative and free paintings as self-extension of the writer. ?…

Crystal Phlegm

Welsh cartoonist and illustrator Phlegm was invited to take part in Belgium’s premier street art event held yearly in Ostend. The Crystal Ship took place during the first week of the Belgian Easter holidays (3-8th April 2017) where over twenty international street artists attended including big names like Axel Void, Alexis Diaz, Juane and C215….

Retro arcade

Artist Kera is no stranger to Cardiff and has painted in the city on many occasions but his latest visit was to help upgrade one of Cardiff’s little gems:- The Duke Street arcade! In the photo above from Mr Numb the floor does look rather unimpressive and as the sign to the left suggests –…

Buzz tributes

As the Veg Power campaign on the Millennium Walkway got painted over – then only a few days later and a giant Buzz appeared in it’s place with the line ‘Love life’ – what did this all mean? At this stage it wasn’t clear what the connection was but when Ceres painted his next piece…

It’s cold outside baby…

Whilst most people were staying indoors during the last cold snap – a few of us headed out to battle the sub zero temperatures to snap away! A whistlestop stop tour of a few locations around the city featuring some great street art and graffiti emanating from within the white wintry world. Starting in the…

Anytime is haus time

Set amongst some fantastic workshops just off Llandaff Road in Canton is The Printhaus which houses many creatives, artist studios and a large print workshop. A warren of red bricked buildings worm their way around the site and act as a fantastic canvas for all to paint. Local artist and illustrator Lucy Dickson is the…

The bird ride slide

Set on the cusp of the so-called trendy area of Cardiff – ‘Pontcanna’ – Colour Doomed’s creation in the Spring of 2014 was painted high up on the side of some art workshops in the city. Painted on a striking red bricked wall – the predominently blue bird is depicted having fun sliding down The…

Cans of Tizer

As a regular visitor to the streets of Cardiff, London based writer Tizer has joined forces with a host of local talent for his latest paint along the walls of the Millennium Walkway. This predominently pink piece really stands out thanks to it’s zingy colour palette and strong characters from everyone. Tizer’s wildstyle signature takes…

Women of the World

Cardiff based artist Helen Bur was commissioned in 2016 to paint a very large wall at the heart of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. View this post on Instagram Part 1 of a sketch for a new mural I'll be doing for WOW festival at the Wales Millennium Centre in a couple of…

Veg Power!

A new year and some new food resolutions to help kick start a healthy eating regime. And time for some new street art to adorn Cardiff’s Millennium Walkway – all for a great cause called ‘Veg Power‘ Veg Power is a campaign simply to encourage children in the UK to eat more veg. Something veggie…

Skull Attack

The legal graffiti wall running alongside the River Taff near Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium had become a showcase for the city’s street art where there was one last paint before it was made to stop to make way for the UEFA Champions League Final earlier in 2017. One of the last pieces painted was this pink…

Elephart

A corner of Cardiff that has seen much change over the last 30 years has now acquired some new residents. As the constant cycle of destruction and construction ensues all around – the red bricked walls of The Marriot Hotel are now home to some new art courtesy of LA based artist Matt Shapira. World…

Best Tepid Swpr!

As work steadily returned to the Millennium Walkway a prime position closest to the Millennium Stadium got some serious attention featuring artists from both hemispheres. Cardiff based Peaceful Progress painted alongside kiwi Tepid. Created in very warm pink, purple and red colours the contrast of that green really stood out. There was tags for Sinstars…

Peaceful Riverside

The suburban community of Riverside, located just outside the centre of Cardiff, was the latest to get some attention from local artist Peaceful Progress. As the Edinburgh Court housing block got a makeover so did the adjoining red bricked wall. The huge task of painting the 180 foot bricked wall was attacked from the left…

Merry Christmas and Peace to all men

As another Christmas comes rumbling past it’s time to feature a festive addition to the Millennium Walkway. Situated on the hoardings alongside Cardiff’s Principality Stadium the work by Unity aka Millimagic and Myles Elliott capture some of the festive spirit. Unity has painted some large swirly red text featuring the word Peace with some sprigs…

Cheltenham Paint Festival

The very first Cheltenham Paint Festival took place over the weekend at the start of September in the Westcountry spa town. Around 70 artists descended on the town to work their magic on venues such as the North Place car park and the lower High Street. Battling the weather conditions and also the Tour of…

Chalk Farm Estate

A host of street artists have spruced up a north London housing estate in a bid to transform the drab buildings with vibrant colours and designs. An invited group of 30 artists visited the Chalk Farm housing estate in Camden to help transform the estate for the hundreds of people who live on the ageing…

Unity Draw

A bright Summer’s day and as September kicks off it’s time for another refresh of Cardiff’s 300 foot long wall at Sevenoaks Park. Nestling in the Grangetown part of the city – first up was this stretch of wall featuring the talents of Myles Elliot, Unity Millimagic, Jams and Mr Draws. Unity’s B-Girl took centre…

The Hall of Fame returns

So after the huge sport juggernaut of the Uefa Champions League Final came to Cardiff – the city almost instantly got back to normal within hours of the world’s most expensive game ending. Visit Cardiff advertising was added to the Millennium Walkway to help greet the ten of thousands of football fans whom had made…

Upfest: Kobra Lennon

Around 450 artists from all over the world descended on the city of Bristol to take part in Upfest – Europe’s largest street art festival held across a weekend in July. The suburbs of Bedminster and Southville were transformed as artists painted around the south of Bristol including this large wall just off the main…

Unity Trade Centre

An ever changing city centre landscape is providing less areas to paint but luckily a group of artists have managed to find some amazing spaces left in the city before the next radical change takes place. First up is a small lane that runs off Trade Street near the Brains Brewery and rejoins Penarth Road…

Changing rooms

Local artist Peaceful Progress has recently been commissioned to spruce up some council buildings around Cardiff to help promote the importance of sport in the city.   His first stop was in Pontcanna painting a huge fiery dragon and representations of some sporting greats from the capital including Sam Warburton, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Gareth Bale…

Rats are back!

A wander around the streets of Cardiff Bay and located only a stones throw away from The Wales Millennium Centre was some new work from local lad Kyle Legall. Painted on two separate wooden hoarding on James Street in the ever-changing ‘Tiger Bay’ area of the city were some eye catching pieces of work detailing…

Karm Foxy Birthday

The latest visit to Sevenoak’s Park located in the Grangetown area of the city unveiled some new work along the length of the largest legal graffiti wall in Cardiff. A crafty fox took centre stage on work by Pluzbrut, Somes and some other artist – was Baz tattoo responsbile for this amazing fox? Near this…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pluz brut alism

Pluzbrut is an artist from Barreiro in Portugal who has been based in Cardiff since 2015. He originally focused on art with a great attraction to wildstyle letters which has since transformed into several illustration styles and beyond. His work has graced the walls of Cardiff for many years now with the latest offerings dotted…

Buoys to Men!

An Autumnal visit to the capital city of Northern Ireland and a chance to wander the picturesque streets of Belfast. As development and improvements take place all around the city it was great to see the huge range of street art dotted around the place too. Starting around the River Lagan and the motorway interchange…

Bortusk posters

Bortusk Leer (to show off his full name) is originally from Slovenia, but now lives and works in Amsterdam where he creates his very colourful work. He can mostly be found painting bright coloured monsters on ageing newspaper – where the artist’s work can be summed up as happy, childish, neon and all a bit…

Cardiff Hub Pride

The last Bank Holiday weekend in August usually attracts an event to Cardiff city centre and on this occasion there wasn’t just one but two big events. First was the annual Hub Festival held throughout the venues in and around Womanby Street plus it was the same weekend that Cardiff Pride was also being held….

Mentalism vs Rmerism

From a distance everything may appear normal but moving past a tree that had fallen during the recent winds and some bright red lipstick seems to have been added to the Rmer piece in Sevenoaks Park. On closer inspection it appears that two red dots have been added to the eyes and some red lipstick…

Freshers street art

September heralds the start of the new academic year and the arrival of a whole new batch of freshers to the City along with a whole new batch of street art brightening up the student quarters too. First up is this monochrome interpretation of the BBC drama Peaky Blinders featuring three of the main cast…

Lady in blue

The first and longest legal graffiti wall in Cardiff is located at Sevenoaks Park in Grangetown and always attracts a high calibre of work. For years, going on a decade now, artists have painted the 130m long wall through each and every year – regardless of the weather! At one end of the wall it…

Peaceful Progress:The video

One of the most prolific and longest serving street artists in Cardiff has to be Bryce Davies. The name may not be instantly recognisable but hopefully his work that has graced the streets of Cardiff is! Most walls around the city featuring a dragon or stars of sport have been Bryce’s work under his long…