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…

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. ?…

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…

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…

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. 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 weeks, eek! A post shared…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…