Bristol 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.