I was a bit confused when I first heard about the See No Evil street art project in Bristol whether it was legit or not, but I assume if you’re going to cover a sizeable chunk of the city centre in street art without permission you wouldn’t announce it in advance. I used to walk to work from my London flat, in the days I lived south of the river, through the disused tunnels under Waterloo railway station which had hosted a street art exhibition, with some stunning contributions that sadly gradually got covered up by less-talented artists just spraying their tags over them, but great while they lasted. I’m assuming the Bristol project is along the same lines. Some will hate it, but I think it could be phenomenal… we’ll see this weekend.
About See No Evil
This August, Bristol is the setting for one of the most ambitious urban art projects in the world. Between August 18th-20th, some of the world’s leading street artists will be taking over Nelson Street in the heart of the city, as part of the new international arts event, See No Evil.
Bristol has long been the centre for urban art in the UK and now hosts a project that will create some of the world’s largest scale paintings. Over twenty internationally renowned artists will take up residency in Bristol city centre as part of a free, three day long arts and music event.
Artists already announced include New York based muralists, Tats Cru whose aerosol based work is dubbed to have ‘changed the perception of graffiti as art’ and LA artist El Mac whose work is prolific across every continent. As well as the US contingent, artists from France, Holland, Spain and Brazil will also bring their own unique styles to Bristol. Bristol born Inkie, one of the most notorious and prolific graffiti artists to emerge out of the 80’s Bristol scene will be joined by a raft of UK artists including Zeus and Nick Walker.
See No Evil will culminate on Saturday 20th August in a Block Party curated by local crew Team Love, celebrating the best of Bristol’s art and music culture with live street painting, bands and DJ’s, cartoon drawing, screen printing, a pop up barber shop and fancy dress emporium, street theatre and street dressing with a mini garden area stretching along the length of Nelson Street.
The Westgate, a disused building designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed the Battersea Power Station and iconic the British red telephone box will be opening its doors for three nights of the best of Bristol music and art.
Between Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th August, major club promoters, film and music previews and events will take over this unique space, creating a temporary interactive gallery and entertainment venue. The Westgate line-up along with Saturday’s Block Party will include Resident Advisor’s Real Scenes film screening and after party, new kids on the block Mosca and Melee and underground legend Greg Wilson, plus a selection of the great and the good of Bristol’s local DJ scene.