Returning to the seafront after another successful year, Upfest, will once again bring unique murals to the coast from 24 May to 4 June, with the return of Weston Wallz in partnership with Weston-Super-Mare Town Council, Culture Weston and supported by Arts Council England.
A diverse selection of local, national and international artists will create large scale artworks on Weston’s walls. One of a kind designs will be created by each artist bringing their own style and flare to a variety of buildings in the town. The Upfest team are currently looking for owners of prominent buildings in and around the town centre that could be considered for the new collection of murals to get in touch. As a funded project there would be no costs to building owners who are selected – contact Emma@upfest.co.uk to register your interest.
Building on the success of the mural trails created in 2021 and 2022, visitors and residents can already check out incredible pieces from world class street artists including Insane51, Curtis Hylton, Sian Storey, TeaOne, Vee, Damien Jefferies, David Puck, Aspire, Caryn Koh, Emily Joy Rich, Sophie Long, Acerone, Bev G Star, Bex Glover, and Paul Monsters, who each made their mark with their signature styles on the iconic North Somerset coastal town.
Upfest co-founder, Stephen Hayles, said: “It’s great to be coming back to Weston-super-Mare. The amount of support we get here is amazing and big thanks to the town council and Culture Weston for inviting us back again and investing into this initiative and our artists. We are excited to continue on the street art trail so if anyone has a building or property that would be good to add to the project then get in touch.”
Malcolm Nicholson, Town Clerk said: “The Town Council is extremely proud to have initiated this project, now in its 3rd Year to enhance Weston-super-Mare. The works to date have been greatly received by both residents and visitors to the town. Heritage, arts and culture is an important part of the Town Council’s strategy and we look forward to once again working with Steve and the team at Upfest in 2023 alongside our other community partners at Culture Weston who help support this fantastic project”.
Tom Newman, Culture Weston Programmer said: “Weston Wallz has continued to build on the growing popularity and reputation for incredible street art in the town and we’re beyond thrilled to see its return to the seafront for 2023. It’s rewarding for the entire community, and bringing even more murals and adding to our cultural landscape is another great reason to draw in new and returning visitors.”
Artists and locations will be announced in the coming months leading up to the project and street art fans are invited to come down and follow the process. An interactive Google Map is available to easily identify the murals and witness the transformation of ordinary walls to town landmarks.
To keep up to date with artist announcements and location reveals, you can follow Weston Wallz on Twitter and Instagram or visit the Upfest website for more information. Further details will be available at www.cultureweston.org.uk and https://wsm-tc.gov.uk.