Sketching an Impression of the Bristol Street-Art Scene.

DSC_0020Bristol is famous for many things; proper cider, Stephen Merchant, hot-air balloons, Massive Attack, tobacco-trading, Adge Cutler… the list goes on. But the best thing to have caught my eye during my first week living here is the street art.

The standard is exceptionally high — it’s skilfully crafted, vibrant, eclectic and captivating — and it slaps you in the face when you’re least expecting it.

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A beautiful mural on the side of a bakery, striking tones in a pub beer garden and 70’s high-rises holding your gaze with enormous portraits stretching to the sky. It’s exciting because you never know where the next one will emerge, and the art is constantly changing.

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Bristol’s street artists seem to centre their attentions around North Street (a buzzing district south of the Avon), Broadmead (a shopping precinct) and Stokes Croft (a creative hub to the north of city centre — not been there yet…) though I’m sure there are more hotspots I’m yet to discover.

Scattered throughout this blog are some of the most striking pieces of art I found on my weekend’s travels.

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I found a Banksy alongside works by Inkie and Nick Walker who, a little background reading tells me, are both also internationally recognised and renowned.

 

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I do admire Inkie’s artwork — I like his bold tones and imaginative themes — but there are loads of other artists whose work impresses in different ways. I’ll be looking out for more as the weeks tick by.

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If you’re reading this and you know of other street artworks I should check out, please tweet me @cjcallaghan

If you want to see more collections of the city’s iconic street art, click here.

Cheers then,
C. x

 

 

Testing Testing, 1 2 3.

Is this thing on? Seems to be working…

Thanks for tuning in to my new blog. The layout is a bit of a work-in-progress and the whole thing’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’ll do for now.

With the news that S and I are moving to Bristol, I thought this a good time to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while: set up my stall online. A place where I can wax lyrical on the adventures we get up to, and share tales from the West Country with family and friends elsewhere in the world.

I would have started this little page a while ago, but concerns over the self-indulgence of it all and a lack of meaty subject matter held me back. I’ve allayed those concerns now…

Self-indulgent it may well be, but I’ve been told I’m a decent scribe and I hope at least to make this an entertaining read. Somewhere between the Guardian’s Stewart Lee, Vanity Fair’s A. A. Gill and that Katie Hopkins out of the Daily Mail.

Meaty subject matter has arrived in the form of Bristol; a very fine city indeed and — as of last weekend — our new home. Apart from the usual nonsense of turning over a new leaf / starting a new chapter etc etc, it’s high time S and I left the Smoke behind and headed onward to pastures new.

So the boxes were packed, the delivery van filled and a new flat in central Brizzle booked. This is our last weekend in London but we’ll be back to visit, sure enough. I actually reckon I’ll enjoy the place a little more when I don’t live here, but we’ll see…

We’ll be running an open-door policy throughout the summer and beyond to anyone who’d like to visit. I’m ploughing head first into a massive list of new pubs, galleries, museums, theatres and gig venues, and will undoubtedly need a hand to get through it all.

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As for Bristol, I’m looking forward to making a new city home. S is raised there but the place has changed a lot since she last lived there. (Turns out gentrification isn’t just a London thing… who knew?)

I was sold on the fine ales and ciders, relaxed vibe and stunning street art, but there’s more to it than that and I’m looking forward to getting involved.

Exciting times ahead!
C. x