Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Upfest partners with Mr Men Little Miss to create Mr Graff

Everyone favourite childhood story book characters Mr Men & Little Miss have officially partnered with Bristol based street graffiti festival Upfest to introduce a new member to the Mr Men family, check him out it's Mr Graff!

As part of Mr Men Little Miss’s 45th anniversary celebrations, the Mr Graff character has been designed by Bristol based graffiti artist Cheo who took inspiration from the festival and Bristol’s rich graffiti and street art scene. Plans are in place for a large scale version of this new character armed with a spray can to be painted live during the Upfest festival this year set to take place on 23rd- 25th July in Bristol.

Upfest Crowdfunding Campaign

Now in its 8th edition, Upfest have launched it's second crowdfunding campaign (see the video above) through fundsurfer.com/Upfest to raise an additional £15,000 to help the festival team pay for the infrastructure to manage the 30,000 expected visitors. This will also enable the crew to give away additional materials to the festivals 300 attending artists who support themselves with flights and accommodation over the duration of the festival. Working with the venues of North Street, Bedminster Town Team and other festival supporters, they have already managed to secure £45,000 towards the festival production and are looking to festival fans for their support to make this festival even more epic!

Fans who support the crowd funding campaign will have the opportunity to get their hands on the exclusive festival print from Gemma Compton, hand crafted Upfest Oscar cans courtesy of Czee13 and other stunning works donated by Guy Denning, Inkie, Louis Masai, Oli-T, Rob Wass, SHOK-1 and Spzero76 to name but a few. An exclusive limited edition print of Mr Graff by Cheo will also be available as a reward until the 17th May.

Upfest 2016 Artist Line-up

The line-up will include 2016 festival artist Gemma Compton, city favourites, Inkie, Jody, Cheba & Cheo, the distinctive Spanish duo Pichi&Avo, the phenomenal Dutch 3D floor artist Leon Keer, non-conformist urban/stencil artist Fin DAC, the incredible anamorphic graffiti artist – Odeith, the Pioneer of Aerosol X-ray Art SHOK-1 (Previously on Hookedblog), Dutch abstract graffiti artist Mr June in search of the perfect form and London based artist Louis Masai (Previously on Hookedblog) who͛s distinctive creations have been described as a form of environmental activism painting alongside 300 other artists including;

310squad (Russia), BirdO (Canada), Caiacom (Luxembourg), Chinagirl Tile (Austria), Copyright (UK), Cosmo Sarson, Dale Grimshaw (UK), Dan Kitchener (UK)(Previously on Hookedblog), Danielle Clough (South Africa), DinDin (Belgium), Diogo Galvao (Brazil), DON (UK), Fake (Netherlands), Fanankapan (UK)(Previously on Hookedblog), Goin (France), Key Detail & U-baba (Belarus), Mas972 (Israel), Mr Cenz (UK)(Previously on Hookedblog), Majilina (Italy), Nomad Clan (UK), Pulso (Argentina), Rob Wass (UK), Rocket01 (UK), Sallaikonen (Finland), Sarab Jokhadar (Syrian), Sokar Uno (Germany), Spent1 (Greece), Spzero76 (Bristol), TakerOne (Hungary), Tankpetrol (Poland), T.wat (UK), The Orion (Romania), Voyder (Bristol)

For more information visit the festivals website www.upfest.co.uk and to donate to their campaign visit www.fundsurfer.com/upfest

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