The UK’s largest permanent street art project is returns to Bristol this week. More than thirty of the biggest names in urban art are once again transforming central Bristol into a huge outdoor art gallery. After the success of last year’s event the cherry pickers are again out in force with thousands of cans of spraypaint creating massive murals the length and breadth of Nelson Street. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Red Bull to create videos to promote the project, for a taste of some of what’s to come this weekend you can watch our ‘Teaser film’ below:
This year’s event is part of the London 2012 Festival, a series of events across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. The event will feature live projections, art installations, as well as some of the biggest names in street art. Artists including Inkie, Remi Rough, Nick Walker, Lyken, Eine and Vhils will create murals transforming the facades of Nelson Streets buildings.
A series of events are taking place across Bristol, on Friday 17th August there’s a visual spectacular, Mail, Maps & Motion, a collaboration between projection specialists AntiVJ and Adrian Utley of Portishead. The event features a film programme curated by Watershed, with special guest performances from Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.
On Saturday 18th, Nelson St will will be brought to life with 6 outdoor stages to create a huge New York style Block Party to celebrate the best of Bristol’s music culture, as well as live illustrations, street-painting and B-Boy’s. The Westgate Building will be home to a mass of catalytic cardboard geometrics where more than 20 Bristol artists will be plying their trade. Team Love are once again taking care of the music with sets from Crazy P Soundsystems, The Boogie Cartel and Jus.
Team Love will also be organising a series of live music events in the Westgate Building on Nelson Street between Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th. The venue will be home to performances from Outboxx, Livity Sound, Eats Everything, FutureBoogie DJ’s, Boca 45, Peverelist, Kowton, Asusu and Feel The Real.
After we produced two films about last year’s event we’re excited to be working with Red Bull and Bristol City Council on See No Evil 2012. We’ll be capturing the artists at work and documenting the street artists as they create some of the largest public artworks in the UK.
In Augusts 2011 Nelson Street was transformed into a major outdoor gallery when street artists from across the globe descended on Bristol to reinvigorate the dilapidated street. We were there to capture the transformation as it happened and the film we produced, ‘Who’s Lenny?’ went on to pick up awards for ‘Best Community Media’ and ‘Best Short Film’ at the RTS West Awards in January. This year we’ll be using some of the same camera techniques to capture some of the artworks being created, as well as some new aerial filming techniques to follow the artists as they create the murals, sometimes as many as 12 storey’s high.
The film, which we’re producing for Red Bull Media House will be released on the Red Bull YouTube channel before the end of August but in the meantime you can see some of what’s in store in the teaser above.
The See No Evil Block Party is free to attend on Saturday, August 19th 2012. A private view of the See No Evil Gallery at Paintworks will take place on August 22nd.