The latest street art event to be held in Cardiff took place right next to the Millennium Stadium over the weekend.
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 8th and over 35 invited artists painted along the 340 foot Millennium Walkway situated next to the River Taff in the capital.
Supported by Cardiff Council and Oner Signs in Cardiff, agreement had been made that this large wall is now an official legal graffiti wall with artists now permitted to paint the previously grey hoardings that lined the route to the national stadium.
Around 35 artists arrived from Cardiff, Bristol and London to paint around the theme of Women or Nature – where some opted for both and even threw in some Mother’s Day tributes aswell.
Artists started painting around 11am and began by picking their spot and then outlining their ideas over previous work that was still apparent along the wall.
Below is the first selection of artwork created with some work in progress pictures and some final pictures too – complete with links to each artists website.
Let’s begin with work from local lad Spike Clark aka Spk.
Next to Spk was Error System aka ‘ErSym’ painted in bright orange colours with some camouflage details and green trees framing the piece.
The artist is currently studying in Cardiff and has travelled from Vietnam to be in Cardiff and this was his first time painting in three years!
Even though the bright Spring sunshine flooded the area a brisk wind kept it chilly throughout with only one short sharp shower threatening mid-afternoon.
But everyone battled on between coffee and toilet stops! (A big thank you to Pettigrew Tea Rooms who answered on both counts.)
Above artist 1Stop used a combination of stencilling and masking tape to reproduce a hybrid of an art deco sunrise, a Channel 4 ident and even something Coronation Street related!
And situated next to them was Sophy Nails from London who painted this 3d Mother’s Day tribute and framed it off with some pink hearts.
The event attracted many spectators during the day with families and kids speaking to the artists and posing for photos.
A lot of the street art on display was very accessible for a younger audience and a great example of this was by Bea Toa – I could almost see elements of Mario Kart in here!
Born in France, but now living in Brighton, Bea Toa is a graphic artist who’s style is now labelled as “Candy Surf Style”
It’s great to see the coloured layers being built up and then sharp black lines on the final piece.
Slap bang in the centre of the wall was event organiser ‘Unity’ who decided to paint a withering psychadelic tree, all twisted and backing away from the intensity of the concrete beast of a stadium standing nearby.