Cheltenham Paint Festival 2019

Around 130 artists are ready to descend on the Westcountry town of Cheltenham to paint in the latest street art festival organised by Andy ‘Dice’ Davies. The Cheltenham Paint Festival began in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength attracting a lot of high profile artists to paint around the town. The Honeybourne tunnels…

Burner on sea

Set on the Somerset coast over looking the murky Bristol Channel – Burnham on Sea hosted it’s second festival celebrating everything from music and dance to street art. Known as The BOSFest – the seaside town invited an exclusive set of artists to paint for the second time around the streets of the small Westcountry…

Breeding like rabbits

A visit to Bristol always unearths some really great street art and the latest visit wasn’t an exception. Popping up sporadically around the Westcountry city were these colourful rabbits that graced walls and doorways from near the city centre over to Bedminster and beyond. Very little is known about the artist ‘Follow My Rabbits’ but…

Upfest2019: Dale Grimshaw

Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival ‘Upfest’ was taking a year off in 2019 but the streets of Bristol still deserved attention from UK and International talent – so a much smaller, refined version of Upfest was created. The ‘Upfest Summer Edition 2019’ was where a handful of selected artists were still invited to…

Bring The 1Up

Created in 2017, Leicester’s Bring The Paint street art and graffiti festival returned to the city for it’s 2019 edition and hosted one of the UK’s biggest arts events of the year. The festival invited artists from America, Australia, Tahiti, Mexico, Germany, France, Greece and the UK to transform Leicester city centre between the 20th…

TV News station claims to have recorded an interview with Banksy

ITV News has recently uncovered what experts say could be the only televised interview with the Bristol artist Banksy. A ‘forgotten’ television interview with a man who claims to be the elusive graffiti artist has been discovered in the vaults of ITV News. The report was filmed ahead of Banksy’s Turf War exhibition held in…

My Dog Sights

Set high on a hill in the Bedminster part of Bristol is this pure gem of art which totally commands your attention as soon as you climb the steep hill and navigate around some of the hi-rise buildings – whilst also admiring the fantastic Bristol views all around. A collaboration between Portsmouth based My Dog…

Brexit, Brexit, Brexit

It’s been the hottest of hot topics for the last few years and Brexit still shows no sign of stopping – even though we have by-passed the date for the UK to leave the EU. Protests for both sides of the debate have occurred in London with Brexit street art appearing throughout the capital too….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. The statue-like figure was then painted in tones of…

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….

Made in Birmingham

Set in the heart of the urban area of Digbeth, Birmingham is this vast car park with an even vaster wall (it is such a word!) Bricked walls run around the perimeter of the car park and all attract some great street art but this large wall has recently been painted by local lads Gent…

The history of street art in Bristol.

A six-minute video has been released featuring the streets of Stokes Croft in Bristol – showcasing the ever changing street art scene there from the last seven years. Stokes Croft has always been a magnet for street art and one photographer has been capturing the changing walls since 2008. Here they have compiled and edited…

Run rowdy run

RUN is a London based street artist originally from Italy whose works can be seen adorning street corners from China to Senegal and after some previous visits to Cardiff he has now paid a visit to our neighbours just across the water in Bristol. So on his whistlestop tour of Bristol back in February, Run…

Korp blimey!

Gloucester held it’s first-ever street art festival on the first weekend in August – christened ‘The Gloucester Paint Jam‘ It was held at locations throughout the City but with the main focus on King’s Square in the city centre. One of the 40 painters attending over the weekend was Peterborough-based Korp (or Korporate) where he…

Birmingham graffiti and street art roundup

A brief walk around the Digbeth area of Birmingham is always a delight to see what are the latest additions to the ever growing graffiti and street art scene here. There was only half an hour before the train departed so this REALLY was a whistle stop ‘tour’ of the area. Beginning down Bordersley Street…

City of Colours: Colour Doomed

The City of Colours festival is predominently a street art festival held in Birmingham attracting talent from across the city and from the whole of the UK. On the 6th September 9,000 people took to the streets of Digbeth, Birmingham when it was transformed into one of the UK’s largest outdoor art galleries – a…