Bristol Art Tour: Street art murals on North Street, Bristol

North Street murals. Image credit: Bristol 24/7

Following my trip to the Greta Thunberg street art mural on my last stop on my Bristol Art Tour, I walked 5 minutes down the road along North Street, until I reached the North Street art murals, above 4 shop fronts. These were commissioned as part of Upfest, the biggest street art festival in the UK and Europe. As well as being amazing street art murals in their own right, I was particularly interested in seeing them, as they have all been created by female artists. I think more could always be done to showcase female artists, but I’m proud that I was able to find these murals, and I think it’s a great example where female artists are celebrated in Bristol.

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Bristol Art Tour: Greta Thunberg art mural in Southville, Bristol

Last week I posted 2 videos on my Instagram about my visit to see various street art murals in Southville, Bristol. This blog post is about my visit to the Greta Thunberg art mural, on the side of the Tobacco Factory building in Southville, Bristol by aerosol artist Jody Thomas.

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WTAF? Is it a Banksy? Or rather, was it a Banksy?

Photo taken by Anna Frances, 1 Oct 2019 on Chandos Road, Bristol

Following the trip to see the Banksy mural ‘Naked man, hanging from window’ on College Green on my Bristol Art Tour yesterday, it reminded me of some street art that I’d found a few years ago, that looked like a Banksy.. but was it? I can’t find anything about it online.

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Bristol Art Tour: Banksy Mural – Naked man, hanging from window

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‘Naked man, hanging from window’ Banksy mural. Image: Wikipedia

Following the visit to Bristol’s oldest art gallery, the RWA, I then took my Bristol Arts Tour to College Green in Bristol, to see the ‘Naked man, hanging from window’ Banksy art mural, painted on the side of a sexual health clinic.

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Bristol Art Tour: RWA – Bristol’s oldest art gallery, Ellen Sharples and Rolinda Sharples

Self portrait of Rolinda Sharples and her mother Ellen in the background (source: Wikipedia)

Following the introduction at Clifton Suspension Bridge yesterday, day two of my tour around Bristol brings me to the RWA and Bristol School of Art, which was Bristol’s first art gallery.

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Bristol Art Tour introduction: Clifton Suspension Bridge

Image credit (right): @louisedoeslife unsplash.com

Bristol Arts Tour: Touring my home city, Bristol! And showcasing the Bi in the 2000s™ merch on my travels 😊

I’ve often felt that being a creative and an artist in Bristol seemed quite significant, based on a lot of the iconic art and culture that’s already in the city around me. Although every artist is very different, it certainly does make me feel like I’m part of something exciting, and I’m always inspired to come across new art work in the place where I live.

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(2/9) ‘Pop Culture’

In this post, I share how I feel about (2/9) ‘Pop Culture,’ the second painting from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series.

What inspired you to paint this painting?

I felt at the time at school, and still feel to a large extent, that popular culture has a huge influence on how we often view our own identity, particularly as a teenager and young adult. I chose to include the musical artist referenced in the painting as a historical reference, not an endorsement. In the late 2000s, certainly in the UK at the time, I was aware that there were a few (predominantly female musical artists) to ‘come out’ as either bisexual or pansexual. This painting represents the complete lack of awareness I had about bisexuality before this happened in the culture around me. I’m aware that not everyone will agree with this or relate to this, this is just from my own perspective, and I thought it was interesting to explore these themes in this painting.

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(1/9) ‘Happy Bisexuality Visibility Day’

In this post, I share how I feel about (1/9) ‘Happy Bisexuality Visibility Day,’ the first painting from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series.

What inspired you to paint this painting?

I was inspired by Bisexuality Visibility Day on 23rd September which has been marked on this date every year since 1999. It inspired me to look for examples of bisexuality themed art and representation online. I found a few bisexuality visibility themed posts on Instagram, but other than that, I couldn’t find very much. I realised that as an artist, I had the means to create visibility that I felt wasn’t as present as it could be, so that’s why I decided to paint this painting, and create this series.

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Why did I create the ‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series?

‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape’ painting from the
‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series

Hi, I’m Anna, I’m the Bristol, UK based artist, poet and holistic healer behind the art and poetry on the Anna Frances Healing page on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Why did you create the ‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series?

I decided to create and launch the ‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series on Instagram on Bisexuality Visibility Day on 23rd September, 2020, because I felt there was a real need for more representation of bisexuality, and I thought that art was a great way to show how I felt, share my experiences and also contribute to discussions around bisexuality.

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