Waterford Walls, Ireland's Largest Street Art Festival

Street Art Mural In Waterford, Ireland painted by street artist Arcy. Photo ©Mark Rigney

This August one of Ireland’s oldest cities Waterford will welcome back the annual International Street Art festival, Waterford Walls.

Presented by the Waterford Walls Project, the street art festival will see founder Edel Tobin and her amazing team welcome some 50 international and national artists to Waterford to transform the city over the duration of the summer festival into one large outdoor gallery.

Invited street artists will be painting live right across the city over the weekend of the 23rd to the 26th August, transforming derelict and unloved locations with their works of art.

Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown to become Ireland’s largest Street Art festival making Waterford the destination of choice in Ireland for national and international street art enthusiast looking for a street art fix while visiting Ireland.

And for those of you traveling to Waterford, the 2018 edition looks set to be the largest edition of the festival yet running for a whole 10 days in August from 17th-26th August with workshops, art jams, expert panel talks, art and music trails accompanying the street artists at work on murals around the city.

Irish Street Artist Lebas Mural in Waterford, Ireland. Photo ©Hookedblog

Hookedblog in Waterford, Ireland.

Hookedblog traveled to Waterford last year for our first visit to the festival spending a number of days photographing the street artworks around the city from previous years along with the visiting artist at work. We enjoyed our visit to the city so much that we are planning a return to Waterford again this August. Take a look below at a selection of the photographs we took during our city visit last year.



Part of a much larger mural painted by London based artist Louis Massi, we are hoping to get a car free shot of the entire mural this year!





Alongside the more established street artists, Waterford Walls provides a platform for young upcoming artists offering them wall spaces to paint in the city during the festival. One such artist is 19 year Waterford resident and artist Caoilfhionn Hanton. The self-taught portrait artists painted the piece on the right during the 2017 edition of the festival and she will be back again in August to paint another mural.





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Irish Street Artist Joe Caslin in Waterford, Ireland. Photo ©Hookedblog

Irish artist Joe Caslin's large-scale scale piece on the old Ard Rí Hotel dominates the Waterford skyline. Installed back in 2016 we were fortunate enough to catch the piece in person last year while visiting Waterford for the 2017 edition of the festival.

Street Artist Dan Leo Waterford Walls Mural in Ireland. Photo ©Hookedlbog

One of two walls pictured above painted in 2017 by multi-disciplinary artist Dan Leo based in Ireland. Dan will be back in Waterford for the 2018 edition painting something new.

Street Art Mural In Ireland by Canadian street artist Birdo. Photo ©Hookedblog

Canadian street artist BirdO aka Jerry Rugg steps back to shoot his finished mural painted during the 2017 edition of the festival.


French Street Artist Ador Mural in Waterford, Ireland. Photo ©Hookedblog

All eyes on Waterford! French artist Ador painted this three eyes character during the 2017 edition of the Waterford Walls festival. We caught up with the artists at work when we were in town and shared a selection of images of him at work in the post below.



Smug One Street Art Mural in Waterford, Ireland. Photo ©Hookedblog

Close up details of one of two stunning large scale murals in Waterford painted as part of previous editions of Waterford Walls by artist Smug One.


Waterford Walls 2018 Festival Artists

The 2018 edition will see close to 50 street artists descend on the streets of Waterford with a number of the artists invited back for the second year.

Returning street artists include LE BAS (IRE), SMUG One (AUS),  Animalito Land (ARS), Joe Caslin (IRE), Dan Leo (IRE), Arcy (US), Signs of Power (IRE), Sonny (SA)(Previously on Hookedblog), Anna Doran (IRE), Omin (IRE), Aches (IRE), Verz (N.IRE), Caoilfhionn Hanton (IRE) and Rask (IRE). along with returning artists some of the newcomers include Monkey Bird (FR), Dan Kitchner (UK)(Previously on Hookedblog), Faunagraphic (UK), Rocket01 (UK), Lost Optics (ROU), Sr. X (ES) and Louis Masai (UK)(Previously on Hookedblog) to name a few.

Visit Waterford Walls Festival

Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival will run from the 17th August to the 26th August 2018. More info can be found via the Waterford Walls website.

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Related Stories:
Irish Street Art Festival Waterford Walls 2017.
French Street Artist Ador's Waterford Walls Mural in Ireland.
Canadian Street Artist BirdO's Waterford Walls Mural in Ireland.




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