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…

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. ?…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…