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Street Art Festival 2016

Street Art Festival 2016
9th - 30th July
Launch Party: Friday 8th July, 18:00 - 22:00

This Summer, Surface Gallery welcomes back the hottest show in town: the Nottingham Street Art Festival. This hugely popular exhibition supports and promotes Nottingham’s vibrant alternative art scene by showcasing some of today’s best local talent. 

As the Nottingham Post observed of last year’s Street Art Festival, “Nottingham is home to an ocean of talented street scribblers, cartoonists, spray-painters and cheeky taggers who seem bent on making the suburban middle class tremble around their wine glasses”. 

If that wasn’t enough, this year we are also accepting submissions from artists from around the globe. In keeping with the spirit of the occasion, Surface is taking submissions from established and emerging artists working in a variety of disciplines, making it a truly inclusive and eclectic affair. 

The Street Art Festival launches with a DJ set from Gallery Sounds, breakdancing, and live painting in the alley from Pete the Painter, Irek, SEGA, Mr Werd NYC, and TFD Crew. You’ll also be able to enjoy some nicely spiced cooking from Uncle Wayne’s Jerk Station. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from the funkiest brewery in Nottingham: Springhead--probably the hippest hops in town. 

Prizes will be awarded on the night by our panel of judges: Snik, internationally acclaimed street artist, Saziso Phiri of The Anti Gallery, and Rob Rennie of Hung Up, Nottingham’s only dedicated street art gallery.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some terrific art at affordable prices. 

This year’s Street Art Festival will also see  a packed programme of events across the city. Following the launch party, we’ll be heading into Hockley for Ur Soul Presents: Official After Party at Rough Trade, featuring DJ sets from UR Soul, live painting, and BBQ. 

The Festival gets underway on Saturday with Cobden Chambers: Ursa Minor Presents Sisters of Street, an all-female painting event with DJs from Sisters of Sound, market stalls, and china tea service. What more could you possibly want?

Launch Party: Friday 8th July, 18:00-22:00
Tuesday to Friday: 12:00-18:00
Saturday: 11:00-17:00
16 Southwell road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL

Twitter: @surfacegallery

Programme of Events
Friday 8th July, 22:00 to late
Following the launch at Surface Gallery, head back into Hockley for UR Soul Presents: Official After Party at Rough Trade, featuring DJ sets from UR Soul, live painting, and BBQ.

Saturday 9th July, 11:00 to 18:00
Cobden Chambers: Ursa Minor Presents Sisters of Street

All-Female Painting Event featuring Peto, Talia, Kelsey Bryan, Emily Catherine, Aja, Dora, Reznik, Hannah Money, Verna, and Anna Wheelhouse
Sisters of Sound DJ set
China Tea Service
Market Stalls


Saturday 16th July
Sneinton Market: Street Art Block Party, 10:00 to 21:00

Plates Records DJ Set
Tekonta Sounds
Mimm Collective
Break Cypher
Street Performance from Friction Ropes
Street Food
Market Stalls
Live Painting featuring Snik, Rube, Kid30, Dilk, Toasters, IlC Crew, Tank Petrol, and 21 of the Midlands’ Finest

Surface Gallery, 15:00 -17:00
Antonio Alba presents Contemporary Street Art Dance

23rd July
New Art Exchange: Reggae Takeover, 17:00 – 22:00

Inspired by the Sound System culture of the 70s and 80s, Reggae Takeover present an old style 'rub a dub' session, packed with vocalists/MCs from the local community. Join Reggae Takeover for live music, DJs, MCs, live artists  and delicious Caribbean Street food.
Admission: FREE
Age range: All are welcome


Saturday 30th July
Dr Martens Urban Painting Event: 9:00 - 18:00

Window Painting and Shoe Customisation by Ian Upcott and Kelsey Bryan
Surface Gallery: Blackbook Day, 11:00 - 17:00
Invitation to meet the artists

Sunday 31st July
Broadway Terrace Party, 11:00 - 18:00

Stiff Kittens DJ set
Mimm Screenprinting

Earlier Event: June 17
Automate: An Exhibition by NCN
Later Event: August 12
Surface Dwellers: Old and New