Murals have been painted in Chelmsford as part of the Concrete Canvas festival. Dotted around the centre of the town, they add to street art already painted the year before.
This year several more locations received artworks. They included some major international names such as Thailand’s Alex Face and the American artist Shephard Fairey. Both were joined by the likes of D*FACE and My Dog Sighs, themselves some of the UK’s biggest street art stars.
Festival in Chelmsford
Adding to the list, an impressive list of street artists and illustrators. Some creating walls and others painting as part of the closing event ‘paint jam’ taking place in the town centre. In total over 40 artists took featuring a mixture of street artists, designers and illustrators. The event itself, stemming from an idea by ‘The London Police’. Street artists who are themselves from Chelmsford.
These are the murals painted on established buildings and walls. The High Street gained three murals from Alex Face, D*Face and Morcky. Surrounding streets such as Market Road, Bond Street and Stonebridge Walk also got works added as did the facade of Chelmsford Market and the Multi Storey car park.
Alex Face – High Street
Aspire – Bond Street
Brave Arts – Market Road
DFace – High Street
Morcky – High Street
Mr Penfold – Market Road
My Dog Sighs – Chelmsford Market
Philth Blake – High Chelmer Multi Storey
Shepard Fairey – Stonebridge Walk
Wooden hoardings close to the leisure centre on the riverside saw a few works painted onto them. Cryola, Gnasher and Eyesaw joined with Mr Penfold, My Dog Sighs who had already created permanent pieces around the town.
My Dog Sighs
The Chelmsford Concrete Canvas festival ended with a paint jam in the town centre. It featured a small number of artists creating public works during the day. They were joined by stallholders from local artists to create a mini arts centre for visitors.
The Concrete Canvas festival took place in Chelmsford from 22-27 May 2023 with most murals painted during this time. We visited the festival on 27 May 2023 and all photos are from then.