NEWPORT has seen an explosion of brilliant street art in recent months.
Murals pop up in various locations around the city almost weekly and it’s clear that the art scene is really gaining momentum here.
So will Newport be able to match the kind of street art we’ve come to expect from its larger neighbors Cardiff and Bristol? From what we’ve seen so far, yes – absolutely.
People’s reaction to the recent wave of street art has been overwhelmingly positive – many feel it is making a real difference to the area and bringing pride to the city.
In addition, many of the projects have been undertaken with the support of Newport City Council.
Here’s some of our favorite street art that’s appeared in Newport recently, courtesy of some seriously talented artists.
Maindee’s celebration of urban wildlife
This beautiful piece by muralist Andy O’Rourke appeared on the side of a house on Corporation Road in November last year.
It’s a beautiful, vibrant piece that celebrates the wildlife of downtown Newport and was commissioned by the group Maindee Unlimited, who have done wonders in their efforts to green the area.
At the time, Mr O’Rourke said he was keen to bring an end to the nonsensical graffiti in the city and hoped murals would help.
Bringing pride to Newport’s oldest community
Barnabas Arts House owner Jan Martin has been making waves in the Newport arts scene for more than 40 years.
She is passionate about Pill, its history and people and is now taking on an exciting art project in the area.
Art of Pill is a collaboration with local artists creating work they hope will be relatable and accessible to the people of Pill.
So far a stunning mural entitled Home Is Where The Art Is has appeared alongside the Barnabas Arts House and a second piece celebrating Pill’s historic Cattle Market has been created using disused garages.
Bright colors for a previously drab underpass
Many of you will associate the Harlequin roundabout in Shaftesbury with long queues as traffic flows in and out of the city.
However, the underside of the A4042 flyover at the roundabout has been completely redesigned.
It’s all thanks to Paul Shepherd, a muralist from Caerphilly who was commissioned by Newport City Council to beautify the underpass.
And he succeeded in doing just that – it’s a beautiful blend of color and incredible portrait work that transformed the previously drab concrete into something very special.
The historic candy factory has been redesigned to be even sweeter
This is the second time we are visiting Andy O’Rourke’s work, but we definitely don’t want to miss it.
The Mancunian native Newport muralist has created a stunning exhibition at the site of the former Pells confectionery factory in Maindee.
Many have said the Conway Road play brings back memories of being able to smell the candy from their homes.
Created in collaboration with Newport City Council, it is another great example of Newport’s historic sites being reinterpreted through artwork.
But most of all, we’d like to know which of these pieces is your favorite.
You can let us know in the comments below.