Bridgend looks up

Bridgend South Wales

Over the last few decades lots of towns in South Wales have been left a bit behind whereas the large cities of Cardiff, Newport and Swansea have seen major investment and development.

Town’s like Bridgend do deserve some attention where recently the town centre has seen some improvements with pedestrianisation, planners making the most of the town’s architecture and also creating some really good spaces within the centre.

Things certainly are looking up for the town!

Bridgend South WalesBridgend South Wales

Bridgend is well known for it’s rugby ground and castle but is not really on the map when it comes to the creative arts.

That’s not until now – where Dan Green has been co-ordinating South Wales’ latest street art project in Bridgend titled Look Up.

lookupbgnNear the start of 2015 Dan began by requesting local artists from across the whole of South Wales to submit their ideas to the project. Artwork then began to hit the streets from late March onwards and then ready for the official launch on April 4th.

We’re looking for an array of creative talent to decorate three exterior walls & an outdoor gallery in the heart of the town.” – Dan Green request

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

A whole host of well known names, and also some new players to the street art game, were then invited to add their work to the blank alley set between the Bad Habits skate shop and The Star public house on Market Street in the centre of Bridgend.

Each artist took progress photos of their work and are displayed on the link below:-
https://diffgraff.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/look-up-bridgend/

Open to the public until Summer 2015 the outside gallery is well worth a visit to see the range of art that has been created in this intimate space.

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Walking up Market Street you could almost miss the gallery but luckily two massive full height pieces of art jump off the sides of the buildings.

Gaint pieces by Rmer and Colourdoomed draw you into the alley ready to unearth the rest of works on display.

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Here Cardiff based artist Rmer has created this glowing woman glancing down to the main exhibition area. Whereas, also Cardiff-based artist, Colourdoomed has created a ‘Celtic Warrior’ tieing in very closely with the colour scheme of the pub.

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Moving inside to the white walled alley a whole host of other works greet you firstly this dragon stall by Escha Leigh Fry and some great detailed work from Deremyre John too.

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Located on the first floor at the back of the skate shop is another area with artwork all around – including some yarnbombing, pasteups and painted skateboards all courtesy of Michael Groarke, Matt Joyce and Tim Bunky amongst others complete with a colourful ocotpus garden from Exhume Industries.

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Back down the steps and loads of paste-ups all around from a variety of people including I Loves The Diff, Sarah Morley and some images detailing the progress of the project.

Look Up Bridgend art exhibitionLook Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Some great local talent on display with these from Catherine John and Natasha Cartwright

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

Look Up Bridgend art exhibition

A fantastic addition to the town with more still to come!
Bridgend really is looking up!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. exhume says:

    Good to see someone pick this up. Octopus garden piece is by Exhume in case anyone wanted to know.

    Liked by 1 person

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