Bristol’s striking new street art in 40 pictures

Bristol’s annual Upfest urban paint festival has been postponed for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, that is not stopping the transformation of the street scene in Bedminster, Southville and Ashton Gate from happening again.

Normally, Upfest sees street artists from all over the world descend on BS3 for one long weekend, to paint large and small walls in one massive spray can celebration of murals and graffiti.

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That was all called off last year because of the pandemic, and this year, the event due to take place in August has now been put off again until 2022.

So instead of having all the artists come in one go, this year, Upfest organisers have got 75 walls matched up with 75 artists and are trying to get one completed every day for the next few months.

BS3 has long been full of colourful street art, and the locals are used to seeing the walls change every year or every other year. Even the most favourite bits of street art are soon painted over – it’s a celebration of the transitory nature of urban street art.

Even the famous Greta Thunberg work by Bristolian artist Jody Thomas is currently being replaced by Greek artist Insane 51 on the side of the Tobacco Factory, despite the building’s owner George Ferguson saying it was the one work of Upfest art that has had the most global impact.

But nothing is forever in the world of street art, and visitors to BS3 who come each year to sample the street art on Upfest weekend should start making their plans now – there’s already lots to see and many of the 75 walls have been completed.

In no particular order, here’s a look at what’s happened so far:

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