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The Graffiti of Stokes Croft, Bristol On International Artist Day

BRISTOL’S AMAZING STREET ART GALLERY | Sharon Henry

Love it or hate it, there’s no more in-your-face art than street art, so on this 25 October, International Artist Day which honours artists’ contribution to society, we are celebrating the specialists with the spray cans! On a visit to Bristol, UK, this month, we were blown away with the showcase of murals and graffiti of Stokes Croft, painted by artists from across the globe.

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – this is one way to turn a house into a farm house.

 

Bristol is renowned as the street art capital of the UK, the famous street artist ‘Banksy’ cut his teeth here and the city annually hosts ‘Upfest,’ Europe’s largest graffiti art festival.

International Artist Day, Free Admission

Street art has transformed the urban corridors of many cities the world over into informal art galleries; walls, buildings and alleyways becoming the canvas for beautifully painted works of art.  We can wander around for ages admiring these ‘exhibits,’ especially the stencil and mural variety, they splash colour and breathe life into their environment, make you think, smile and most of all, marvel at the skills required to create them.

When the street art is so good it’s hard not to ignore the age-old advice of not wandering down city alleyways!

 

We’ve already gushed about the Toronto street art we discovered while there.

The Stokes Croft neighbourhood in Bristol, England, is trendy and gritty and its street art boasts a Banksy original, a breakdancing Jesus, birds on a wire and a hillside of farm animals.

We played the part of typical graffiti tourists and took a rough route from Nine Tree Hill to Cheltenham Street through to the Bear Pit in the centre of St James Barton roundabout, snapping happy with the camera all the way.

Although still controversial, street art is possibly THE most accessible form of public art. There’s no admission fee or opening hours and in this respect, street artists’ contribution to society is priceless.

So today, International Artist Day when we pay special appreciation to art in all forms, we hope you enjoy our mini tour around the street art of Stokes Croft, Bristol.

Stokes Croft, Bristol, street art on International Artist Day

Stokes Croft, Bristol, street art on International Artist Day – This large mural was painted by Brazilian artist Stinkfish.

Stokes Croft, Bristol, street art on International Artist Day – This ‘Boycott Tesco’ mural was part of a local campaign to stop Tesco opening a branch in Stokes Croft.

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – inside the Bear Pit in Bristol.

Banksy’s Mild Mild West was painted in response to riot police attacking partygoers at unlicensed raves in the 90s. A teddy bear is armed with a Molotov cocktail aimed at riot police.
Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day

Stokes Croft street art – Bristol #community

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – Instead of a huge building mural, this street art takes up the space of a single brick each. Just as cool.

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – Instead of a huge building mural, this street art takes up the space of a single brick each. Just as cool.

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft headquarters in Bristol.

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – Birds on a wire, what’s real and what’s art?

Stokes Croft street art on International Artist Day – A little stencil art life-sized cat.

You really have to cross the street for some of the amazing murals in Bristol.

A kilo of gold glitter was used on this 28ft tall Breakdancing Jesus mural. Artist Cosmo Sarson was commissioned by The Canteen diner, Stokes Croft, Bristol, to paint the mural.

Stokes Croft, Bristol, street art on International Artist Day

Stokes Croft, Bristol, street art on International Artist Day

Stokes Croft, Bristol, street art – graffiti down inside the famous Bristol Bear Pit.

 

Is Photography Art? Last year on International Artist Day we asked this question.

COMMENTS

  • Nigel e henry

    October 25, 2017

    Love it ! I feel inspired to go wild in St James Place 🙂

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