A call out for walls to paint in the city and countryside
The Waterford Walls team is calling on individuals and business owners in Waterford city and county to submit their walls for artists to paint at the festival, allowing for a transformation of homes, businesses and locale. Waterford Walls is an international street art festival taking place from 11th – 20th August 2023, organised by creative arts agency The Walls Project. The team is passionate about bringing an explosion of colour to the many derelict buildings lying around Waterford.
In 2022, the festival brought artists to transform the landscape of Cheekpoint and An Rinn, a project supported by Creative Ireland and Waterford City and County Council. This year’s aim includes a desire to bring the legacy of the festival wider into the county and to brand new locations. Renowned Irish and international artists including some locally, will transform vacant spaces by painting large scale murals on twenty-five locations around the county. A record-breaking 900 artist applications were received by the team including some world-class headline names.
Qualifying walls include public-facing boundary walls, gable ends and large building facades; preferably two or three story houses and offices with little to no windows are most desirable. Each site will be inspected and measured by the team in the next month. The wall owner will be guided through the process and will see the artist’s final sketch for approval. To submit a wall for review, wall owners are required to complete a form titled ‘I Have a Wall’, on the Walls Project website at https://wallsproject.ie/waterford-walls/.
Businesses may also choose to sponsor a wall with different price packages available. This sponsorship allows the individual to become the proud owner of a street art mural by a top international artist. All contributions will help to cover the costs including artist fees, paint, equipment, crew, travel, accommodation and insurance.
Waterford Walls Festival is running for its 9th year this August. The festival is supported and funded by Waterford County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland. A central hub will return to the festival lineup catering for all ages. Located at the Forum in the Glen, individuals and families can enter a world of activities including live art, workshops, walking tours and music.
For more information about the festival visit www.wallsproject.ie or check them out on social media.
The Walls Project CLG is a social enterprise which delivers large scale public artworks and outreach projects. There are 4 main pillars to The Walls Project: Waterford Walls Festival, Commissions, Artistic Exchanges and Collaborations and Community and Educational Outreach.
Photographs by Gringo Pictures