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Our aim is to bring colour, culture and vibrancy to the city of Cardiff by creating an outdoor gallery of public murals.
Our aim is to bring colour, culture and vibrancy to the city of Cardiff by creating an outdoor gallery of public murals.
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By combining over 20 local and international artists through the global language of Street Art we aim to add to the city's cultural heritage and create an environment that reflects the vibrancy of its people and places. The streets form an essential platform for bringing local communities together. We wish to invite and support artists whose main aim is to communicate with everyday people and embrace the chance to reach out to a broader audience by utilizing these public spaces. For those who, for whatever reason, may not wander into a museum or gallery on a regular basis, if at all, street art provides the perfect visual communication and dialogue for the broadest audience with art.

Natalia Rak painting in Poland
Natalia Rak painting in Poland

 Street art is arguably the biggest art movement of the 21st century and in the last year alone prominent street art festivals have popped up in Dulwich, Chichester and just across the water in Bristol all of which have proved to be very successful and popular with both their local communities and in attracting visitors of all ages. We were inspired by the potency of the paintings and success of these festivals and strongly believed Cardiff should be a part of this exciting movement. Now coming into our second year we want to evolve our project into the city centre and give it and thematic twist. Urban art can deliver a social commentary while illustrating the subconscious of the 21st century city and is a diverse, constantly evolving art form; it is one that moves across the derelict buildings, old buildings, small doorways and hoardings of cities across the world and we want to transform Cardiff into a visually arresting city that captivates, questions and inspires people of all ages.

Detail of Phlegm and Run collaboration at Empty Walls 2013
Detail of Phlegm and Run collaboration at Empty Walls 2013

 For this years Festival we envision the City Centre as well the smaller community of Roath and various surrounding areas as a living-breathing gallery. The city centre has a thriving, bustling atmosphere, full of people roaming, shopping, eating, looking and learning and we want to stimulate that environment with fresh innovative and challenging art works made by our commissioned artists.

3dom at Empty Walls Festival 2013
3dom at Empty Walls Festival 2013

We are proposing to have access to the Museum’s collection of artworks that draw upon British/Welsh folklore and heritage.

We feel that the artists that come here to participate in the festival should receive a sense of place by being given an opportunity to be influenced by the rich heritage and stories that lie beneath the surface of British culture. We’d like the artists to submerge themselves in the National Museum’s collection, enabling them to create inspired works that reflect the stories once told by inhibitors of the welsh landscape. By selecting specific works to re-interpret or by drawing on conceptual or aesthetic elements they will translate their ideas into art works in the streets of Cardiff, allowing a riot of communication through old and new existing art forms. These layers of paint will tell the story of this unique form of expression and will echo the cultures past and stories forgotten.

Sepe Poland
Sepe Poland

We intend use the Internet and social media to take the street art created in Cardiff from local to global. By using these avenues, we see Cardiff becoming an epicentre for world-class street art murals and diverse artistic abilities with in the street art culture. The art form is rooted in history, echoing cave paintings and stencilled slogans and images in political campaigning, and we feel this year that an under lying theme of Welsh / British folklore would act, not only as a catalyst for artistic inspiration, but to linchpin an affinity to roots forgotten and to also show the importance of community spirit through these stories.

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Why we need your help

-As the event is free, and street art festivals not cheap to run, we are completely relying on funding through organisations and individuals, including private sponsorship and in kind contributions, however big or small.
- Weather is an extremely difficult factor to consider. As artists will be coming from abroad and outside of the city, the paintings will need to completed during their one off visit.
- All artists and festival organisers will need to be fully trained in the appropriate lift equipment.
-Securing wall space for the artists is an extremely difficult process to factor in. This will take careful negotiation will local councils and businesses.
-Your donations will help with the cashflow we need to ensure a high quality and engaging experience.

- This £1,500 will be specifically used towards the hire of cherry pickers, scaffold and ladders. The more we can fundraise the bigger we can go!

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