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.
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.
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.
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