This August one of Ireland’s oldest cities Waterford will welcome back the annual International Street Art festival, Waterford Walls.
Presented by the Waterford Walls Project, the street art festival will see founder Edel Tobin and her amazing team welcome some 50 international and national artists to Waterford to transform the city over the duration of the summer festival into one large outdoor gallery.
Invited street artists will be painting live right across the city over the weekend of the 23rd to the 26th August, transforming derelict and unloved locations with their works of art.
Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown to become Ireland’s largest Street Art festival making Waterford the destination of choice in Ireland for national and international street art enthusiast looking for a street art fix while visiting Ireland.
And for those of you traveling to Waterford, the 2018 edition looks set to be the largest edition of the festival yet running for a whole 10 days in August from 17th-26th August with workshops, art jams, expert panel talks, art and music trails accompanying the street artists at work on murals around the city.
Hookedblog in Waterford, Ireland.
Hookedblog travelled to Waterford last year for our first visit to the festival spending a number of days photographing the street artworks around the city from previous years along with the visiting artist at work.
We enjoyed our visit to the city so much that we are planning a return to Waterford again this August. Take a look below at a selection of the photographs we took during our city visit last year.
Part of a much larger mural painted by London based artist Louis Massi, we are hoping to get a car-free shot of the entire mural this year!
Alongside the more established street artists, Waterford Walls provides a platform for young upcoming artists offering them wall spaces to paint in the city during the festival. One such artist is 19 year Waterford resident and artist Caoilfhionn Hanton. The self-taught portrait artists painted the piece on the right during the 2017 edition of the festival and she will be back again in August to paint another mural.
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Irish artist Joe Caslin’s large-scale scale piece on the old Ard Rí Hotel dominates the Waterford skyline. Installed back in 2016 we were fortunate enough to catch the piece in person last year while visiting Waterford for the 2017 edition of the festival.
One of two walls pictured above painted in 2017 by multi-disciplinary artist Dan Leo based in Ireland. Dan will be back in Waterford for the 2018 edition painting something new.
Canadian street artist BirdO aka Jerry Rugg steps back to shoot his finished mural painted during the 2017 edition of the festival.
All eyes on Waterford! French artist Ador painted these three eyes character during the 2017 edition of the Waterford Walls festival. We caught up with the artists at work when we were in town and shared a selection of images of him at work in the post below.