Upfest is Europe's largest urban paint festival and this was it's 4th year. I've been to Upfest for the last 3 years so I've seen it grow every year and this year was no different. From a personal point of view it wasn't a great start because it was too windy to use the stencil I'd spent 50 hours cutting so I instead I did a large version of Pappy (a painting I did 5 years ago that got me to the final of the Liberte D'expression competition). Still it was enjoyable and I got to finish early and soak up the atmosphere. Check out the pics of me painting here.
There were several highlights from this years event, right from the Friday night where all the shutters on the high street were being painted to the life size painted gorillas and the amazing Herakut piece on the side of the Tobacco Factory.
There was good representation from Peterborough with Process Smith, SeOne and Kone74 on form.
On the Sunday me and the family took in our first Secret Wars. 6 artists, just black pens and 3 hours. It was great to watch a massive piece of art come to life in front of you. Meanwhile upstairs in the Tobacco Factory there was more black on white with Collaboration Nation and My Dog Sighs.
Upfest 2011 was epic...cant wait for next year...
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