Last weekend I was heading into the city centre when I saw a poster advertising ‘The Thomas Street Fest-Urban Art festival’ which was a 3-day graffiti street art event (from Friday 19th July until Sunday 21st July). It was all part of a urban art come regeneration project in partnership with the Thomas Street Business Association which too place during the Liberties Festival. There was a variety of large scale and small scale graffiti style murals painted along Thomas Street and Meath Street. There was a map, here’s a copy of it but it only showed the location of the art works not what artists were involved. I was taking pictures when I recognised a good friend of mine (Jessica Tobin) from my class in college spray painting some of the art work. She is also painted the shutters of the simon Community Shop on Thomas Street. Turns out she actually had designed the poster too. She is a really great illustrator as you can see from the work shown. To find out more about her you can visit her blog here.
I also really like the graffiti style stencil art by Anna Doran called ‘New Kid on the block’. It is just around the corner on the entrance to Chadwick’s hardware shop which is also on Thomas Street. I ;like the way she painted the background with brightly coloured checker board effect which really makes the stenciled kid on the swing (in grey and black) really stand out.