Brewers are once again proud to be supporting the Worcester Paint Festival with the donation of over 90L of paint and lots of sundries to create some beautiful murals across the city.
Worcester Paint Festival (WPF) returns on September 17th and 18th with more fantastic murals popping up on city centre walls from some of the UK’s best loved street and graffiti artists. WPF will be adorning brand new walls this year, meaning that all of last year's favourites are still there for your enjoyment. Locations for 2022 include Cripplegate Park, Crowngate Shopping Centre, Friar Street, Hanbao, The Countryside Centre, The Mount Pleasant Inn.
Thousands of visitors came to the city last year for the first Worcester Paint Festival, which was met with a huge positive response from visitors and residents. WPF aims to create a trail of outdoor murals to brighten and delight which are accessible and diverse, as well as educating about the graffiti roots of this huge cultural scene.
Kate Cox, Worcester Paint Festival Director said: “We’re so pleased to be back, bringing another delicious selection of murals to the city. We hope you love them. We’d like to thank everyone who has made it possible again from creative input and networking to funding, wall sand support! Please do get in touch if you have a wall or would like to sponsor us for 2023.”
For 2022, WPF brings international names to the scene, as well as emerging artists. This year features Rocket01, Angry Dan, Sophie Long, Zurik1, Takerone, Wietseart, Emic, Sepr and two legends of the spray can world are welcomed back, Inkie and Curtis Hylton. Alongside these artists Katie Scott, 7th Pencil, Pogo, EnIgm, DemmoiselleMM, Juan2, John Doh, Angus, Ejits, Karc, Sphere3 & Snotone will be making a return. There is also local input from Leigh Charman collaborating with Rob Draper, plus MrSCE, Deeds, Marko Antonio, Helen Haynes and Adeelar.
As well as the murals popping up, Worcester Paint Festival has been working with Ronkswood Community Centre via Platform Housing, artists 7th Pencil and Helen Haynes to create a mural with young people from the area, which has been installed on the side of the centre ahead of the festival weekend.
Worcester Community Trust and Worcester City Council have been active in this part of the project and have engaged with families and young people from the Ronkswood area, inspired by the environment around the centre, which has rich flora and fauna advised by the Newtown Green Environmental Group.
For children, on Saturday 17th September, during the festival weekend, there will also be a drop in session working with Spare Room Arts to create some fun activities based around graffiti! This will be at WPF HQ, the Ping Pong Parlour, at Crowngate Shopping Centre between 11am -3pm.
You can pick up a map featuring all this year’s murals, as well as 2021’s locations, from Tourist Information at the Guildhall, and from the festival HQ at the Ping Pong Parlour in Crowngate Shopping Centre during the weekend.