Upfest is a festival which is all about street art and we’ve already shared our Top 25 best murals from the event. The truth is though there were so many artists and art to choose from that it was a difficult list to compile.
Difficult because by it’s very nature street art is best seen on a wall and so our list was really always going to be bias towards those. The bigger the better as the saying goes. Indeed, it is often the large scale murals which get all the attention particularly as those are the walls that will be there for a while.
PAINTING AROUND UPFEST
But the fact is that the real action at these sorts of events tends to happen in the painting areas away from the main walls. The South Street Park, the Ashton Gate Football Stadium, the courtyard of the Spotted Cow pub and St. Francis’s churchyard all hosted artists who were painting boards.
Smaller in scale and often crammed together, the artists are easier to access and to talk to. For a festival like this, which relies on the public enjoying the work and interacting, this is crucial. The average art fan can wander round, soak up the atmosphere and get to know the artists on a much more intimate level.
THE NEXT GENERATION
One thing that really stands out about this years festival was the amount of kids enjoying the art. Often seen moving from artist to artist with their black books. They would wait patiently, books at the ready for the artists to notice them. They would delight over a tag or a little sketch, a memento of the day and quite possibly the seed for a greater interest in art and urban art being planted. You can’t really get that when your three story’s high on a scaffold.
But enough lyrical waxing! This post is about celebrating the best of the boards, or at least the ones that caught our eye and the art of Upfest. We’ve selected a few of our favourites so have a look and see what you think.
Upfest 2018 Gallery
For more pictures from Upfest 2018 take a look at our top 25 best murals here. For photos and commentary on the 2017 festival click here. To learn more about the street art in North Street Bristol and in the wider area, click on the links. For more pictures from Upfest 2018 also check out Blocal Blog here.