'Crimes of Passion' Street Art in Bristol

By Vicky Arnold
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Bristol’s leading graffiti artists will be committing ‘Crimes of Passion’ on the walls of The Royal West of England Academy this spring.

The RWA’s five large galleries and public spaces within the building will be taken over by the work of 45 of Bristol’s most notorious street artists who are usually pursued around the city’s streets with spray cans up their sleeves, or being chased by police in order to bring their work to the public eye.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be murals around the city, talks and film screenings as the RWA aims to showcase the diversity and direction of street art.

Bristol has been a graffiti centre in Britain ever since the art form travelled to the city with New York artists and musicians in the 80s.

The city’s walls and buildings have been the canvas to the likes of Banksy, Inkie and Robert del Naja - 3D from Massive Attack.

Graffiti still lies on the boundaries of acceptability but is increasingly considered an art form that has social and cultural relevance. While once viewed with contempt and buckets of bleach, Bristol’s artists have in recent years commanded respect and high prices for art commissions and print sales.

Through its exhibition and lectures, the RWA is hoping to challenge public perceptions and demonstrate how street art can provide a positive social purpose.

Artists in the exhibition include Nick Walker, Inkie, Mr. Jago, What Collective and Will Barras

For more information go to www.rwa.org.uk or call 0117 973 5129

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