IN YOUR FACE ART | Sharon Henry
Graffiti in Bristol, Stokes Croft makes walking the neighbourhood feel like a visit to a street art gallery. Love it or hate it, there’s no more in your face art than street art and it’s great for anyone seeking free things to do in Bristol.
We were blown away by the work of spray paint artists from around the world who left their mark on Stokes Croft, Bristol.
Bristol graffiti is renowned and the city is labelled as the street art capital of the UK. It’s famous for Banksy the graffiti artist (he cut his teeth here) and for Bristol graffiti festival ‘Upfest,’ one of Europe’s largest. Actually, Banksy is considered the best graffiti artist in the world, the most famous for sure (and we know his uncle!)
Bristol Street Art – Free Admission
Art graffiti has transformed the urban landscape of cities the world over into informal art galleries; walls, buildings and alleyways are the canvas for striking works of art. In that regard it’s similar to the old time painted adverts.
We can wander for ages admiring different graffiti art styles especially the stencil and mural types. Graffiti wall art splashes colour and breathes life into their environment. They make you think, smile and most of all, marvel at the skills required to create them. Bristol street art is no exception. It’s certainly one of the fun things to do in Bristol.
We’ve already gushed about street art we stumbled upon in Toronto.
Graffiti In Bristol Gets Jesus Breakdancing
Stokes Croft is trendy and gritty. Its streets have the Banksy graffiti art of the Mild Mild West, there’s a breakdancing Jesus, boycott Tesco appeal and a hillside of farm animals.
We did a self-guided graffiti tour and took a route from Nine Tree Hill to Cheltenham Street through to the Bear Pit in the centre of St James Barton roundabout. Snapping graffiti pictures along the way.
Graffiti art may be controversial, but it’s possibly THE most accessible form of public art. There’s no admission fee or closing hours, making the list for things to do in Bristol today and every day. In this respect, street artists’ contribution to society is priceless.
Here is our collection of photos of graffiti in Bristol, Stokes Croft. We hope you enjoy the artistry of the ‘exhibits’.