Bristol invites you to See No Evil
This summer, Bristol will play host to the most diverse art project to take place in the UK, with live projections, art installations and some of the biggest names in street art descending on the city from 13th- 19th August.
The week-long event is part of the London 2012 Festival, a summer-long arts festival throughout the country to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Curated artists will paint Nelson Street, to reinvent a selection of urban spaces, with some jaw-dropping images expected to be added to the Bristol street.
The event will be accompanied by Hear No Evil, organised by Team Love and featuring a series of music events throughout the week and a FREE New York style Block Party on Saturday 18th August on Nelson Street, with the main road remaining closed to vehicles on Sunday 19th August for further public viewing.
A visual spectacular will open the weekend’s music on Friday 17th August: Joanie Lemercier of world-renowned projection experts AntiVJ and Adrian Utley of Portishead have been commissioned to collaborate on an immersive performance in the Passenger Shed in Temple Meads.
This FREE ticketed performance, which is curated by Watershed, will also feature a film programme, supporting special guests and a host of performers including Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.
The best of Bristol’s music culture will set the backdrop to live street painting and outdoor stages on Saturday, while buskers will be chosen to take up a number of pitches throughout the festival site and lead the street party on Sunday 19th August, while artists put the final touches to their creations.
30 of the world’s most prolific street artists will paint the streets, including abstract expressionist Remi Rough, Lyken, Nick Walker, alphabet painter Eine and Portuguese artist Vhils. The artists are being curated by Bristol bred graffiti legend Inkie, who inspired the event’s first outing last year.
Mike Bennett, organiser of See No Evil explains:
“See No Evil is a unique event, designed to showcase the emerging and established talent in the world of urban art and music, to develop the innovative footprint in Bristol’s creative quarter. The pieces created over the week will create a legacy from the project and a destination for urban art fans from all over the world. There are going to be some massive names from the world of graffiti involved this year, we’re really excited to welcome them.”
Phil Gibby, Arts Council England’s Director for the South West said;
“See No Evil will give people in Bristol a chance to experience the Cultural Olympiad by seeing streets brought to life with the best of urban art. The one-off performance by Joanie Lemercier and Adrian Utley will transform the Passenger Shed at Temple Meads with projected images and sound. I look forward to being part of this fantastic celebration of culture in Bristol.”
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said:
‘See No Evil is a great example of how the London 2012 Festival is bringing world class arts to people across the UK for free. I’m delighted that we are able to highlight the world leading creativity in Bristol this when the eyes of the world are on us this summer.’
See No Evil is organised with the support of the Arts Council, London 2012 Festival and Bristol City Council and Bristol University. Last year, Nelson Street was transformed with giant graffiti murals turning huge city centre buildings into an international tourist attraction.