“See No Evil” International Street Art & Music Event
Date 18.08.11 – 20.08.11
Location Nelson Street, Bristol.
See no evil flyer, courtesy of Bristol City Council, 2011.
“See No Evil” International Street Art & Music Event at Nelson street, Bristol – 18th to 20th August 2011
Bristol will play host to the most ambitious permanent urban art project ever to take place in Europe this summer. Some of the world’s leading street artists will be taking over an entire street in the heart of the city to paint the facades of ten buildings as part of a new event called ‘See No Evil’.
Bristol has long been known for its urban art movement in the UK, being the home of Banksy, a host of other famous artists and now a project that will see some of the world’s largest scale paintings ever created.
Over twenty internationally renowned artists will take up residency on Nelson Street this summer to paint ten huge buildings, followed by a street party on 20th August celebrating the best of Bristol’s art and music culture.
Event organiser and celebrated urban artist Inkie explains;
“We have spent nearly 12 months negotiating and planning this major project, which will be the jewel in the crown of the city’s already buzzing art scene. We have invited some of the world’s most talented graffiti artists to bring their skills to city, and we have a number of returning Bristolians to head up proceedings.
“Nothing of this size and scale has ever taken place in the UK and it’s an event that has captured the minds of some the world’s most respected street artists. It’s a major coupé that we’ve managed to pull this off in Bristol.”
Organisers are keeping the exact line up of artists close to their chests but already announced include Tats Cru, a New York based muralists who last visited Bristol to paint in the 80’s and whose aerosol based work is dubbed to have ‘changed the perception of graffiti as art’. LA based artist El Mac whose work is prolific across every continent will also bring his photorealistic painting style to Bristol, alongside Shoe, a Holland based artist who was the muse of many original graffiti writers. Local graffiti legend Mr Jago will be joined by a number of Bristol based artists putting their mark on their home city.
Brian Lloyd Jones, regional asset manager at UNITE Group, which owns one of the buildings set to be painted, said:
“We’re thrilled to be involved with this urban art project. Nelson Street is a gem in the heart of the city and this project will really help to regenerate the area. It’s exciting to be involved with something which will attract tourism to Bristol, and further cement our reputation as a leading European city in the urban art movement.”