Rochdale isn’t a town known for it’s street art. But over the August Bank Holiday weekend all that will change. Rochdale Uprising will be bringing some of the best street artists to the area creating a series of new murals.
Hosted by Hayley Garner and Joy Gilleard. Individually they are known as Aylo and Cbloxx though together they paint as the Nomad Clan. They are undoubtedly one of the worlds top street art combinations. Both from the North of England, Hayley is actually from Rochdale. Joy meanwhile hails from just over the pennines, in Leeds.
The pair have long wanted to put on a festival in the town. It’s an ambition which has taken a while to come to fruition. Street art festivals aren’t necessarily easy sells in areas where there has been no real history of muralism. It’s only once the paintings go up that people really start to take notice and appreciate the benefits public art can bring.
The artists heading to Rochdale are a blend of national and local. Joining the likes nearby of Blackburn and Manchester it will add a body of work to the town. The north is growing in terms of its street art and Rochdale is the latest area to be converted.
The festival organisers are known for their epic large scale murals. You can spot pieces from them nearby in Manchester, Leeds and Blackburn. Their work will often take on board the history of the area and guaranteed their piece will be spectacular.
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Known for their iconic illustrative LADS figures, the duo started on the streets of London in 1998. Living now in Amsterdam they have a unique style and they’ll be bringing it to Rochdale.
Master stencillist and muralist. Manchester based Tankpetrol’s work is distinctive with his identifiable colour palette. His work can be seen nearby in Blackburn and Manchester.
Dreamlike murals incorporating the natural world. Curtis Hylton has been become a regular feature on the mural scene over the past few years. Based in London his work will feature birds and flowers.
Known for his delicate intricate patterns. From Birmingham, Philth’s work is a combination of illustration and graffiti. His work adds brightness and energy to drab walls.
Bright, bold and playful. Penfold’s work contrasts patterns of colour and texture. From Cambridge but now living in Bristol his fun characters have become a regular addition to the streets.
Manchester based Mr Tea-One combines elements of classical painting with graphic design and a graffiti aesthetic.
An artist and designer from Liverpool, Lei Mai now lives in Manchester. She has a background in graffiti, illustration and graphic design.
From Manchester Tasha Whittle is a multi-disciplinary artist who utilises drawing, painting, murals, print, sound, installation and video. Expect to see some cute characters in her work on the streets, bringing a new energy to the wall she paints.
Bright, bold and colourful. Billy’s work is inspired by her trips and adventures. Her murals breath new life into the walls they cover.
An illustrator working mainly with white ink on black, Folie is an artist working in a number of differing mediums. In Rochdale her work will be painted on the side of Voltalab Sound Studios a historically significant recording studio.
Rochdale Uprising takes place between 23-26 August 2019. There will be 12 murals painted across the town along with a paint jam featuring multiple artists. Inspiring City will be hosting free tours of the street art on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August. Update – To see the final murals from the festival click here. Also to see street art from the paint jam click here.