A new contemporary art exhibition has been installed at Bristol’s new dockside neighbourhood, Wapping Wharf to showcase Bristol’s renowned street art and graffiti scene

In partnership with Upfest, two large murals were installed on 10 November on the converted shipping containers at CARGO to create a new outdoor gallery. Different artwork will be exhibited throughout the year as the murals rotate to showcase Bristol’s talented contemporary artists.

The first mural by Gemma Compton features her recognisably intricate floral designs and the second by Sophie Long features the renowned Bristol cormorants in brightly coloured hues.

“It’s great to create a showcase for the street art scene just over the way from Upfest HQ” – Steve Hayles, Upfest founder

Gemma Compton explores the meaning of love, life and loss drawing on her own life experiences of death and mortality in her contemporary style experiments with pattern, texture and symbolism while Sophie Long explores the boundaries of expressive art, usually with a focus on animal portraits.

Steve Hayles, Upfest founder commented: “Bristol is known for its independent food and street art scenes so it’s a natural fit to bring together the best of Bristol and install an outdoor gallery space to showcase Bristol’s contemporary artists at CARGO, a hub for independent retailers.

“With Gaol Ferry Steps, south Bristol and Bedminster seeming closer to the centre than ever before, it’s great to create a showcase for the street art scene just over the way from Upfest HQ.”

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of CARGO at Wapping Wharf said: “We are committed to creating a strong sense of community at Wapping Wharf and supporting the independent creative spirit that is at the heart of this city and our new partnership with Upfest perfectly reflects this vision. We have two wonderful murals to kick off this project and we’re looking forward to being able to showcase more local talent throughout the year.”


Stuart Hatton with artists Gemma Compton and Sophie Long

Upfest has also announced its return to Bristol on 29th – 31st July 2017, bringing Europe’s largest live art and graffiti festival to the streets of Bedminster for a ninth year.
The 2016 edition saw a record-breaking 300 artists from over 40 countries attend, painting super-sized street murals, shop front shutters and boards in more than 30 venues and locations all over Bedminster, Bristol.

CARGO is Bristol’s first ever retail hub made of converted shipping containers and is part of the Wapping Wharf development, a new vibrant neighbourhood being created by Bristol Docks. With a focus on independent businesses, it has quickly established itself as an entirely new zone for the already popular Harbourside.

For more information on Upfest and artists commissions visit upfest.co.uk

For more information on Wapping Warf visit wappingwarf.co.uk