Part 1 of my look at Upfest 2017 included mainly work-in-progress shots. This post focuses on the finished pieces:
The biggest Upfest to date began today, with over 300 artists taking part. Here’s over 80 photos from the first day…
Monday was viewing day at Upfest 2016 – a chance to see all the work that had been completed over the weekend. It was fascinating to see how some of the pieces had developed since day one (photos here). It’s been another excellent event, with some terrific new artwork now gracing the walls of Bedminster – Jody’s painting of Cassie Meder (first pic) is particularly impressive.
Despite wandering around Upfest for seven hours on the first day, I returned (for several more hours) on the viewing day – Monday – to catch up with all the finished work. Unfortunately, because of the rain, some of the art had still not been completed and one of the main venues – South Street Park – was closed. Therefore, some of the photos below come from another visit yesterday.
All in all, it was a brilliant festival. Thanks to all who helped make it such a success.
Today saw the welcome return of Upfest – Europe’s largest street art festival – following its ‘year off’ in 2014. Thousands of people turned out to see over 200 artists painting around Bedminster and Southville on the fantastic first day of the three day ‘urban paint festival’.
Here are some of my photos from today:
One of Bristol’s very best festivals takes place this weekend, with 250 artists from across the world come to Bedminster and Southville for Upfest. There will be painting at 28 venues, most of which are somewhere between Dean Lane skate park and the Tobacco Factory. Saturday and Sunday will be painting days, Monday a viewing day. Some of the artists have already started, but today’s rain has been a problem – let’s hope it stays dry for the next two days.