So, back from the Not Just Banksy night up at UWE’s Frenchay Campus. Wicked night, loads going on, if a little a victim of social marketing. Facebook numbers don’t translate to real life that often sadly. Still though, top crowd in a tough location, take this down the centre and you’d be on a winner.
Got there a little later than expected, to find Nikill at work on the Weapon of Choice wall.
A broader shot of the painting, Nikill, Boswell and Inkie from right to left, with the Art Tart in front of them. Weird.
The Art Tart was drawing a picture of them all drawing a picture, painfully postmodern, but pretty darn funny, and not that bad a picture as it happens either.
Inkie’s piece part way through.
The evening was full of various other things, this was a showing of the ‘Tags to Riches’ documentary.
Inkie and Boswell at work, Boswell’s piece was bonkers, a simple sketch turned into something seemingly so well planned. Skills.
Lokey, Cheba and Nikill on their piece.
Another interlude, Felix giving a talk about his book (now just weeks away). Top talk, fascinating historical take on the whole graf thing, and got into a proper debate at the end. Was amused to wander outside afterwards and hear students debating it – “Yeah, but graffiti’s just a necessary and inevitable symptom of our capitalist society”.
I kid you not.
Nikill and Cheba getting towards the end of the collaborative piece.
Inkie’s piece finished.
Next to Boswell’s
This was a nice touch, short biographies of various artists posted up around the venue, good idea.
All the pieces finished, really good work, interesting to see what happens when people have more space and calm that at Weapon of Choice.
The finished Art Tart piece of the pieces as well
This piece was up in all its glory finally too, done for the fresher’s fair at UWE last year. Feek, Seza and Sickboy. Bloody huge it is.
…with Seza in the middle…
…and Sickboy at the other end.
So, wasn’t just the stuff in the evening in the bar, there’d been loads of painting going on outside during the day too. Billy Stencils at this end…
…next to a pretty good piece…
and another here.
Inkie’s piece out here was sick.
Next to Cheba, Lokey and Nikill, this time with the spray paint and colour.
More Billy Stencil and some work by a UWE student.
Sepr had been here painting in the day too, shame he wasn’t there in the evening too.
Ryda and Reaf there too which was as cool as it wasn’t on the bill.
This was really tidy though. You know when you can sense from a piece that the people in it are really putting everything into it, well, got that from this one, a burner from a collective of UWE students.
On the other hand, the Art Tart outside. It’s not up to this blog to claim that someone’s biting someone else’s work, least of all Nick Walkers.
But there you are.
Top night though, organisers had noticeably put a huge amount of work into planning and running it, and had brought in a really friendly crowd, so should be run again really, perhaps somewhere a little more accessible.
Would save a bus journey home with UWE Freshers throwing up all over bus seats for one.