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Bristol will play host to the most ambitious permanent urban art project ever to take place in Europe this summer. Some of the world’s leading street artists will be taking over an entire street in the heart of the city to paint the facades of ten buildings as part of  ‘See No Evil’.

Over twenty internationally renowned artists will take up residency on Nelson Street this summer to paint ten huge buildings, followed by a bloc party on 20th August celebrating the best of Bristol’s art and music culture.

Event organiser and celebrated urban artist Inkie explains; “We have spent nearly 12 months negotiating and planning this major project, which will be the jewel in the crown of the city’s already buzzing art scene. We have invited some of the world’s most talented graffiti artists to bring their skills to city, and we have a number of returning Bristolians to head up proceedings.  Nothing of this size and scale has ever taken place in the UK and it’s an event that has captured the minds of some the world’s most respected street artists. It’s a major coup that we’ve managed to pull this off in Bristol.”

Organisers are keeping the exact line up of artists close to their chests but already announced include Tats Cru, New York based muralists who last visited Bristol to paint in the 80’s and whose aerosol based work is dubbed to have ‘changed the perception of graffiti as art’. LA based artist El Mac whose work is prolific across every continent will also bring his photorealistic painting style to Bristol, alongside Shoe, a Holland based artist who was the muse of many original graffiti writers. Local graffiti legend Mr Jago will be joined by a number of Bristol based artists putting their mark on their home city. Brian Lloyd Jones, regional asset manager at UNITE Group, which owns one of the buildings set to be painted, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved with this urban art project.

Nelson Street is a gem in the heart of the city and this project will really help to regenerate the area. It’s exciting to be involved with something which will attract tourism to Bristol, and further cement our reputation as a leading European city in the urban art movement.”

Team Love – the Bristol based company behind Glastonbury Festival’s Wow stage and this year’s Red Bull Music Academy at St Paul’s Carnival – has worked closely with Bristol City Council’s Place Making Director Mike Bennett, to select DJ’s and musicians that will draw attention to Bristol’s celebrated music scene and the wealth of new talent emerging from the city.

Headline acts will include Bristol native and member of the Wild Bunch, DJ Milo aka Nature whose performance will mark a long awaited return to his home town, and pioneering DJ Greg Wilson who’s electro-funk music led the UK’s 80’s underground dance revolution. Local heroes Laminate Radio – DJ Die & Gus Pirelli and Bristol Hifi make up the rest of the main stage line up whilst a selection of the city’s top DJ’s and MC’s will be spread across a further two sound-systems on the street. The live music will be joined by cartoon drawing, screen printing, beat boxing, break dancing and street dressing with mini garden area stretching along the length of Nelson Street.

Team Love has secured the ultimate location for this celebration of Bristol’s music scene. The historic Westgate Building on Nelson Street will open its doors for three nights only from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th August and will feature an interactive showcase gallery, cutting edge and legendary Bristol talent, workshops and film previews.

(source bristol media corp)

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