Artist registration opens for Upfest 2022Posted on: 24 Jan 2022
The world-renowned festival is set to return to Bedminster in May.
Registration is officially open for artists to take part in the 2022 edition of Upfest, taking place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May.
Recognised Europe's largest live street art festival, Upfest sources highly-regarded artists from across Bristol and around the world to create a vibrant showcase of work for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Upfest welcomes artists, graffiti writers and street art collectives of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to get involved - find out more and register here.
Listen up folks, applications are now open for the #Upfest2022 festival ????— UPFEST (@Upfest) January 22, 2022
Artists who were offered spaces for the 2020 festival have been given first refusal, but there's still opportunities for more artists to join us.
Head to our website to register: https://t.co/dwTn20nKmA pic.twitter.com/DogRNTpFT8
Speaking over the weekend, festival co-founder Stephen Hayles said: “We couldn’t be happier that registration for the festival is open. It’s been three years since the last Upfest festival and a lot of the artists chosen will have been waiting since 2020 to come and paint with us.
“Planning is underway for our biggest festival to date, with our first major park location and we’re really eager to see what our brilliant artists have lined up for Bedminster.
“We are very proud to invite artists with all levels of experience whether this is your first large scale piece or you have been painting walls for five decades, the ethos of Upfest is one of inclusivity and nurturing new talent as well as showcasing incredible internationally famous artists.”
Grab ya pens and let the battle begin...— UPFEST (@Upfest) January 17, 2022
Absolutely pumped to say that the pen battles will be returning to #Upfest2022 at our @Tobacco_Factory stage this summer! Can't wait to see what skills the artists bring to the festival this year!
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The Upfest team are mindful of celebrating and promoting local talent, and as such are making sure a third of the 400 spaces available at this year's event are allocated to Bristol-based artists.
Previous years have seen over 1,100 artists register from more than 70 countries worldwide, including the USA, Canada and Australia.
Organisers have confirmed that artists who had previously been accepted for a place painting at the postponed 2020 edition of Upfest will have their places rolled over to 2022.
It has also been announced that this year's Upfest would be raising money for The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA), which operates a confidential phoneline for children affected by alcoholism within their immediate family.
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