The street art of North Street in Bristol

One of the best places to find street art in the country is Bristol and one of the best places to see stuff in that city is in the south on a road called North Street in an area called Bedminster.

The area isn’t alone of course, Bristol has a reputation for street art and graffiti which goes back years and for many, the city is the birthplace of the scene in the UK.  Look anywhere you like in the city and you’ll probably come across something, admittedly not all of it will be glorious but you will find something.

North Street is one of the more curated areas in Bristol.  It is on this street where the Upfest gallery sits and it is this gallery which lends its name to the Upfest festival which has grown massively in popularity in the 8 years in which it’s been running so far.

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Karl Read piece on North Street

The area around the gallery has, as a result, become one of the best places to see street art in the city.  Certainly it’s a lot less rough around the edges than some other areas with most of the work on North Street in particular having emerged as a result of the festival having already ensured the appropriate permissions were in place.

Walking along the length of the street at a brisk pace might take around half an hour. Stopping to take pictures and sneaking up and down the various side streets were works and murals can be found, then give yourself at least an hour.  Watch out too, it’s a busy road and there are pieces all around.  It’s tempting to dart from one side to the other and back again to see everything but be mindful of the traffic.

When I visited I walked from the city centre and started at the Steam Crane pub at the southern end of the road, walking up to the Tobacco Factory where there are some great pieces.  You can go further too, if you have the time you could pop down West Street and head towards the Redpoint Climbing Centre. These areas arn’t featured in this post but they are near if you wanted to make an afternoon of street art searching.  But for now here are just some of the images that you might see if you ever did decide to potter along North Street.

North Street Gallery

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My Dog Sighs piece a the beginning of North Street near the southern end of North Street on British Road

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The Steam Crane pub on North Street in Bristol

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The skatepark next to the Steam Crane

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Stencil from John D’oh next to some work hoardings

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Probably should know who this artist is but I don’t.  On the hoardings near the Steam Crane

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Birdo on North Street

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Mr Bump re-imagined by Sled One on Greville Street

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Little Miss Sunshine on a shutter from Caro Pepe

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Another masterpiece from Dale Grimshaw on Braunton Road

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Sokar Uno on Mount Pleasant Terrace

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Not sure who this piece is by, it looks like someone calle ‘Flo Flip’ but I could be wrong

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Pichiavo piece just off North Street

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The Upfest gallery with work from Gemma Compton

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Edgy looking grafter just over the road from the Upfest gallery

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Floating woman from Cosmo Sarson

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Fox with a can of noodle soup from China Girl Tile

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Little Miss Hug from Miss Wah

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The best thing since sliced bread from Bristol legend Inkie

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No street in Bristol can do without a piece from SPzero76, here is his take on Mr Tickle

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Love this from Kark Read just over the road freom the Tobacco Factory

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Beautiful portrait from Jody Artist

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The last Upfest fell just after the European referendum.  Here is Odeith’s take on the British people’s decision

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Leon Keer piece in the car park of the Tobacco Factory

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Citizen Kane piece in the car park of the Tobacco Factory

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Lovely collaboration between Gemma Compton and Copyright

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X ray skull from Shok-1 just opposite the Tobacco Factory

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Massive Mr Men mural by Cheo near Aldi next to the Tobacco Factory

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Cool characters from Bristol favourite Cheo

For more articles featuring the street art of Bristol, check out:

Street art and graffiti in Bristol and where to find it

Cheo creates ‘Mr Graff’ the newest member of the Mr Men family