Bring The Paint is a free event set to transform Leicester's Cultural Quarter with vibrant street art. The area will play host to live artworks, music, skateboarding, BMX and a range of creative activities and exhibitions.
Offering a platform to be creative and collaborate on a monumental scale, Leicester's Cultural Quarter will host over 150 artists making this Leicester’s largest ever artist residency and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Live music, pop-up exhibitions, local jams, window illustrations, food stalls and workshops with events taking place in venues and on the street. In addition, skateboarding and BMX demonstrations will entertain and thrill visitors.
Bring The Paint aims to inspire a legacy of growth and collaboration within the artistic community and beyond. This festival will showcase a visual celebration of Leicester’s diverse culture and galvanise an already thriving arts scene. Bring The Paint provides residents and visitors the opportunity to see talented artists at work and invites them to experience an authentic celebration of art and community; to witness Leicester’s transformation and enjoy being part of a huge collaborative make-over of our city's buildings.
Bring the Paint is a project devised and developed by The Cultural Quarter (Leicester) Community Interest Company, known as Cultural Quarter Association (CQA).
CQA has members across the Cultural Quarter and represents the interests of residents, businesses and visitors. Their ambition is to make the Cultural Quarter the vibrant heart of Leicester through building community, making things happen and raising profile.
Inspirate are a festival organisation based in the Cultural Quarter, Inspirate's work involves developing constructive partnerships between arts, educational and commercial organisations, artists, venues and audiences.
Graff HQ are a writer-owned Street Art and art supplies shop based in Leicester City centre, Graff HQ are responsible for legal spray sites and creative initiatives across the city.
BATES / KINOS / BOOGIE / CANTWO / NEWSO / RUELO / SMUG / ZOMBY / 2KOLD / CHIK / PHILTH / DRAX / HOMBRE / N4T4 / DINER / KOST / INKIE / WON ABC / VOYDER / GENT / ZINER / ALEX RUBES / NOIR / MONO / DEYS / OUST
Last week The Exchange played host to the Bring The Paint Press Launch. We were delighted to welcome press and bloggers to our cellar for a night of drinks, music and live painting from artist N4T4. Press got the opportunity to have an exclusive first look at what we can expect from this unique International Street Art Festival and meet organisers and the artist themselves.
“CQA are really proud of this project, it comes from years of working together, building a community and shared vision; developing genuine partnerships to deliver something incredibly ambitious for a city we love.”
Sean Carroll (CQA)
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Bring The Paint team in Leicester. It’s awesome to see people working hard to put a street art event on in the UK and the line up looks amazing.”
“Having worked closely on and helped developed SEE NO EVIL (Bristol), UPFEST(Bristol), CITY OF COLOURS (Birmingham) and HIT THE NORTH (Belfast). I am really excited to be part of the BRING THE PAINT project which will bring some of the world’s best Street Art and Street Artists to brighten up the Cultural Quarter in Leicester in what will be one of the UK’s biggest Arts events of 2017.”
Do you want to be part of the most ambitious Street Art festival in the country? Help Bring The Paint reaffirm Leicester as one of UK Graffiti culture's spiritual homes. They need volunteers to act as artist steward for each large scale wall. Email Jiten@inspirate.org for more info.
More information can be found at: www.bringthepaint.co.uk