Upfest 2016 | Day 1

This is the weekend Europe’s creme de la creme of street artists descend on Bedminster and Southville. An entire weekend where last years artwork is replaced with fresh, original designs from the shocking and controversial, to Cheo’s Mr Men – Mr Graff, this year promises it all…

Started in 2008, what was once a small collection of like minded individuals wanting to make graffiti art inclusive and accessible to all, is now Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, with over 300 artists and 30,000+ visitors.  I spent the first day of the three day festival wandering around the various locations to see the artwork progress, and explore the areas where new up and coming artist get to showcase their talent. Here’s a few progress pics from day one…

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Bristol artist Gemma Compton designed this years logo.

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Image from the official Upfest website
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Cheo’s homage to the Mr Men and Little Miss books, in light of their 45th anniversary celebrations. Mr Gaff is the newly introduced Mr Men and can be seen bottom left. The old artwork is still visible underneath.

And finally, look who we got to meet! Teddy Bear, the newfoundland/St bernard cross and his owner Mark, who very much stole the show.

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More on the progress tomorrow…

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