New RWA Show Site

Like everyone else, not going to be blogging photos from the RWA show until it’s opened, but once it has there will be photos galore. After a weekend’s painting, it’s looking even better now, some seriously good work in there.

Anyway, to go with it, the people behind the show have had a new site for the show put together and launched in double quick time. It’s a lot simpler and more effective than the last site, and it’s your most likely location for getting an idea of what it’s all going to look like.

So, if you want to find out more, then check out the new site at


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7 responses to “New RWA Show Site

  1. GBKM

    This looks like it has the prospect of something great and aspiring to the city of Bristol, especially due to location. I just hope there is some dark/hard/electric graffiti to be on view rather than the normal fluffy, basic, boring repetitive graff that seems to be in the bristol cycle at the moment. Some of the artists representing in my opinion have got a little lazy only in that i know what to expect without even going……

    This space is screaming out for artistic soul and fire… Please deliver!

  2. Boswell

    Im glad someones on my wave length

  3. GBKM

    I fear we are in the continuation of the monotonus industrial mind set. The viewing public do not know any different as the sheep mentality flourishes into artistic oblivion. The pioneers of old live for names sake and the future of street art/graffiti slides behind the closed doors with their put-up boards.

    Computer generated popular art has never been so easy to create and to produce in our times, yet we allow ourselves to be fooled by the simplicity of the image rather than the mindset behind it. The repetition of one artist i wont name, is literally driving me nuts – the 1920’s i agree a great era, but come on… how many more do we have to endure.

    You have seen one… you have seen them all….

    I would like to believe that as artists we can leave a legacy for our kids growing up on the street. So they will be able to express themselves freely, with respect for themselves and to act responsibly with regard to public property. There is no reason in the future to stop architects incorporating ‘art space’ via thoughtful design within public structure permanently hense legally. But unfortunately at this moment in time artists are more interested in their own kudos or being the next wannaB. A sign of the times. The RWA show site is architectually superb -its the content that worries me. The numbness of it all. What i’m hoping will be expressed here is the future of Graff…. i’d like to witness the progression of the movement within society for keeps sake and not for selfish financial gain (in every direction).

    And yes Boswell (impressed you picked up on my comment)! -from reading the recent publication of ‘children of the can’ i thought Souls on Fire along with the artist Vermin was absolutely spot on. Living and breathing your artform ….a real statement. Thank you for opening up some closed minds in our closed society. Where can we see more of your work? And will you be at the RWA?

    Some natural intelligence is required in this day and age. It is a time of uncomfortable living all over the world. We should be exploring away from our personal comfort zones so we dont make the same mistakes as our predecessors to then become extinct in vision, our minds programmed, having seen it all before. Of course, that would be the easy option.

    I cant wait to see this, if only to be proved wrong. The beauty is in the art.

  4. Boswell

    Just to add to this..I do beleive that graff as an art form can suffer from a need to impress the veiwer or give people what they think they want: nice easy going imagery .Having said that the artists involved in the RWA are accomplished and some of them friends of mine. I will keep an open mind on the show and view it with one.Most of the artists in show have paid their dues on the street etc and there is nothing wrong with progression and making a living out of what your good at.It is also impressive that a stuffy place like the RWA sees that Bristol graff worthy of a showcase like this.I agreed with your comment about wanting to see more electric darker styles in graff a lot does seem to have be a bit flat and fluffy of late.. nicey nicey stuff with no edge ..there is a place for everything.Respect to all those who do what they do and believe in it….Im looking forward to seeing the show Im sure it will be impressive… no, were not doin the show as technically were not from Bristol and didnt even know about it .

  5. Andrew

    unfortunately I think the hype has gone into overdrive in the last couple of years and the artists just can’t back it up. Bristol certainly fails conspicuously compared to other so-called graffiti “meccas” like Paris, Barcelona or Berlin. don’t be fooled they are the real meccas. some may say its unfair to compare a city of 600,000 inhabitants to major European capital cities, I say to them don’t invite the comparison in the first place by throwing around those words – “Renaissance” is another one.

    Renaissance my foot. for me this late 2000s era has been perfectly forgettable. the energies are being misplaced, misdirected. the fake feeling of vibrancy has come about for the wrong reasons, namely money. the scene should be buoyed up with illegal dirty graffiti, stuff that grabs you by the balls, not canvasses, prints and internet ‘fame’. I for one am not interested in perpetual gallery shows by the same old faces, especially ones featuring ‘writers’ who are neither criminals nor passionate! what an ironic title.

    maybe those concerned should knock the galleries on the head for the summer, get out of your studios and show the bombers you haven’t forgotten how you got into the gallery in the first place. for those of you who got there by fraudulent means, by not paying your dues, your time will be up. hmm perhaps you should stay in your studios with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.

    the BTP and police are laughing because the handful of writers left doing graffiti in Bristol stick out like a sore thumb. check the Evening Post archives online to see who’s been taken down while you were all sipping cheap wine at openings. things may be “thriving” in your little scene centered around Stokes Croft but venture further and you’ll see that Bristol is no more visually vibrant than any other middle sized English city – Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle maybe. time for a reality check I think.

    to me and many others the future is looking bleak.

  6. Andrew

    quoting GBKM: “I would like to believe that as artists we can leave a legacy for our kids growing up on the street. So they will be able to express themselves freely, with respect for themselves and to act responsibly with regard to public property.”

    when those kids don’t have to grow up in what is surely the most monumentally ugly country in Europe… when they aren’t filmed three hundred times a day as they mind their own business traversing cavernous train stations, soul destroying tower blocks and dungeon-like concrete shopping centres… when public money isn’t wasted on ill-conceived ‘public art’ which is scattered willy nilly about our towns, most of which barely registers even on the rare occasions when one takes a moment to inspect it, so vacuous is it… when in the poorest areas trees and pleasant architecture are subordinated to advertising hoardings… only when those conditions no longer exist, we might be lucky enough to unearth artists who have something more inspiring than a tag to share with us. until then, I think tags are the most reasonable response to the hostile aesthetic environment of modern British cities.

  7. GBKM

    Andrew your views are very on point.

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