Ireland's Waterford Walls Festival And Why You Should Be Going

Ireland's Waterford Walls Street Art Festival And Why You Should Be Going

One of Ireland’s oldest cities, Waterford will welcome back the annual International Street Art festival, Waterford Walls this August 22nd-25th, 2019.

Presented by the Walls Project, the street art festival will see founder Edel Tobin and her team welcome some 30 international and national street artists to Waterford, who will transform the city over the duration of the festival into Ireland’s largest and most accessible outdoor gallery.

As we head into the fifth edition of the Waterford Walls festival, the city already boasts an impressive street art collection from the first four editions of the festival. With planning permissions for murals hindering the efforts to develop street art in other Irish cities, 

Waterfords street art collection continues to grow and this year's edition of the festival will see some 30 additional new works created, making it the must-visit Irish city for the street art enthusiasts.

Alongside the live painting, the festival has planned a family-friendly program of activities over the weekend which includes live music, workshops, daily guided street art tours of the murals, screenings and expert panel talks. This year they are launching their new children’s street art program and the Waterford Walls Greenway Art Bus Trail.

Waterford street art festival mural

Street Art In Waterford, Ireland

Exploring the murals of Waterford Walls in the city are easily accessible by foot with the main focus of the festival murals located within the boundaries of the city. There are a number of pieces painted on walls a little further outside the city on the other side of the harbor and we took a short taxi ride last year to photograph these locations.

Printed festival maps will be available from the Waterford Walls festival HQ, located at 5 Great George's Street as well as other key city locations. The map will guide you around the city, allowing you to see the new works and possibly some of the artists at work on those murals. A digital copy of the new map is also on the Waterford Walls website here should you want to plan your route out in advance.

Waterford street art festival, mural

Waterford Walls Greenway Art Bus Trail

Alongside the mural works with in the city center, there are a number of works located on the Waterford Greenway which we have yet to see. The Waterford Greenway is a 46 km cycling and walking trail along an old railway line that runs between Waterford and Dungarvan.

This year's edition of the festival will see Waterford Walls organize a series of guided bus tours taking in the works on the Greenway. The Waterford Walls Greenway Art Bus Trail can be booked in advance via the Waterford Walls website here.

Waterford street art festival, photorealistic portrait of a woman by street artist Smug

Pictured above is one of two impressive long-running works by Glasgow based Australian street artist Smug.

2019 Waterford Walls Festival Artists

For the 2019 edition of the festival, Waterford Walls have once again invited both national and international street artists to Waterford who will create new works on walls and buildings across the city adding to the murals from the previous editions of the festival. The 2019 line-up sees the return of some festival favorites as well as some new exciting artists joining the line-up:

ColourHive (IRE) / Dan Irwin (IRE) / Kevin Bohan (IRE) / Curtis Helton (UK) / Huariu (PT) / Russ (FR) / Lost.Optics (RO) / Mark Finn (IRE) / Niall O’ Lochlainn (IRE) / Shuk (IRE) / Lisa Murphy (IRE) / Louise McKenna (IRE) / Ayse Leflef (IRE) / Caoilfhionn Hanton (IRE) / Rask (IRE) / Friz (IRE) / Novice (IRE) / Shane O’Driscol (IRE) / Mehsos (BE) / Anna Doran (IRE) / Taquen (ES) / Beerens (FR) / Holly Pereira (IRE) / Garreth Joyce (IRE) / Non Valkhoff (NL) / Russ (FR) / Shane Sutton (IRE) / KogaOne (FR) / Dan Leo (IRE) / Aches (IRE) / Spear (BE) / Signs of Power (IRE) / Omin (IRE).

Waterford street art festival, summer sunset over the river

Getting to Waterford, Ireland 

With frequent flights departing from UK airports to Dublin Airport, traveling to Waterford from the UK is extremely easy. From Dublin, you can choose to either hire a car and drive to Waterford or like us take the two-hour train journey from Dublin’s Heuston Station along the east coast to Waterford’s Plunkett Station with the national rail company Iarnr√≥d √Čireann.

A return train fare to Waterford from Dublin is on average around 30Euro per person. For those of you traveling on a budget, there are also a number of buses servicing Waterford from Dublin with prices starting at 19Euro for a return fare.

Waterford Street Art Gallery 

Take a look below at a selection of the Waterford street art photographs we took during our previous city visits.

Waterford street art festival,mural by London based street artist Mr.Cenz

Mr. Cenz

London based artists Mr. Cenz, a regular on the streets of East London was one of the 2018 invited artists working their magic on the cities walls.

  • See More: Impressive new Mr Cenz Mural in East London 

  • Mural featuring a kneeling Boy spray painting by French street artist Mantra

    Artwork by French street artist Mantra, painted for the 2018 edition of the Waterford Walls Festival.

    Waterford street art festival, smiling boy mural by Irish artist Caoilfhionn Hanton

    Irish artist Caoilfhionn Hanton

    Pictured above is the work of Irish artist Caoilfhionn Hanton who has painted at previous editions of the festival and one of the artists who will be returning to the festival again this year with some new work.

    Waterford street art festival mural by French street artist Ador

    French Street Artist Ador

    Painted back in 2017 and still looking fresh the work of French street artist Ador is instantly recognizable for his signature kooky cartoon-style characters.

    Waterford street art festival mural by Irish artist Omin

    Irish Street Artist Omin

    Irish artist Omin has painted at both the 2017 and 2018 editions of Waterford Walls festival and he is set to return next weekend to Waterford and will paint some new work.

    Flying owl mural by Dubai based street artist Fats Patrol for Waterford street art festival

    Dubai based street artist Fats Patrol

    Dubai based Indo-Canadian street artist Fats Patrol sat in front of her completed mural painted for the 2018 edition of the festival.

    Waterford Street Art paste-up mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin

    Irish artist Joe Caslin pictured below having completed his large scale paper-based work above.

    Portrait of by Irish artist Joe Caslin working on his mural for Waterford street art festival

    Waterford street art festival mural by artist Aches

    Waterford street art festival, vibrant mural by Dan Kitchener

    London based street artist Dan Kitchener stops to pose for a photograph on completion of his mural in Waterford.

    Portrait of artist Dan Kitchener in front of his finished mural at Waterford street art festival

    Follow our Waterford Adventures 

    Hookedblog will once again travel back to Ireland and we will be in Waterford for a number of days ( with a quick stopover in Dublin) where we will be bringing you coverage from Waterford Walls Festival across our social channels. Make sure to join us on Hookedblog Twitter and follow our daily adventures via our Hookedblog #InstagramStories on Instagram.

    We will also be sharing highlights on the blog from our trip for those of you not using Instagram / Twitter, so stay tuned. And if any of our readers are planning to visit Waterford please let us know and we can arrange to catch up.

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