See No Evil 2012 started on 13th August when 30 carefully selected artists from all over the globe began creating their pieces on Nelson Street. This culminated in a New York Style Block Party on 18th August and Busking day on Sunday 19th August.
Thirty of the world’s most prolific street artists painted the urban landscape, including abstract artist Mark Lyken, Nick Walker and Conor Harrington. The artists were curated by Bristol bred graffiti legend Inkie, who inspired the event’s first outing in 2011. The best of Bristol’s music culture set the backdrop to live street painting and outdoor stages on Saturday 18th August. Buskers took up a number of pitches throughout the festival site and led the street party on Sunday 19th August, while artists put the final touches to their creations.
The week-long event was part of the London 2012 Festival, a summer-long arts festival throughout the country to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Curated artists painted Nelson Street, reinventing a selection of urban spaces, with some jaw-dropping images now added to the Bristol street.
Hear No Evil – 16th – 18th August
The event was accompanied by Hear No Evil, organised by Team Love and featuring three music events on 16th, 17th and 18th August in the city’s iconic disused Westgate building on Nelson Street.
Mail, Maps and Motion – 17th August
A visual spectacular opened the weekend of music on Friday 17th August: Joanie Lemercier of world-renowned projection experts AntiVJ and Adrian Utley of Portishead were commissioned to collaborate on an immersive performance in the Passenger Shed in Temple Meads. This FREE ticketed performance, which was curated by Watershed also featured a film programme, supporting special guests and a host of performers including Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.
See No Evil was organised with the support of Arts Council England, London 2012 Festival, Bristol City Council and Bristol University, bringing Nelson Street to life with giant graffiti murals and turning huge city centre buildings into an international tourist attraction.