‘Seaside Revival Street Art’ project brings colour to County Down town

The ‘Seaside Revival Street Art’ project began this week to bring some colour to a County Down seaside town.

Bangor, County Down is currently undergoing a colourful facelift with artist commissions adding life to the town’s seafront.

Popular with daytrippers heading for a day by the sea, Bangor is set to welcome plenty of visitors from across Northern Ireland this summer.

Adding life to the streets – an injection of colour

Seaside Revival Street Art festival brings life to Bangor seafront.
Credit: Facebook / @openhousefestival

Many buildings along Bangor’s once-thriving seafront are now left derelict and abandoned. Thus, it is hoped the ‘Seaside Revival Street Art’ project will reinject some much-needed colour and life to the popular seaside town.

As part of this year’s Seaside Revival celebrations, the project is a collaboration between Open House Festival, Seedhead Arts, and Boom Studio.

The project will see five murals commissioned from internationally-renowned artists pop up around the seafront. Local artists will also paint a series of pieces along the alley wall beside Project 24.

Where to spot the murals – five main locations

'Sand Dunes and Salty Air' by Holly Pereira.
Credit: Facebook / @openhousefestival

As part of the ‘Seaside Revival Street Art’ project, works will be painted in five main locations. These include Bregenz House on Bangor Seafront and the Guillemot Café on Victoria Road.

You can also spot pieces at the back of Donegans Bar on Bank Lane, the Holborn Carpark, and Mill Row at McCullough’s Gift Shop.

You can catch Dublin artist Holly Pereira’s gorgeous ‘Sand Dunes and Salty Air’ mural at Holborn Carpark. A mural fitting for a seaside town.

Dublin-based artist Dan Leo painted a fitting Guillemot on the side of the Guillemot Kitchen Café. Simultaneously, you can spot a stunning piece painted by Belfast-based artist Belfast artist Kev Largey at the back of Donegans Bar.

Finally, Bangor native Friz painted the incredible Irish Mermaid Muirgen on the side of Bregenz House at Bangor Marina. London-based artist Irony will add a final piece later in the summer.

Seaside Revival 2021 – much-needed festivities

Seaside Revival Street Art project brings colour to Bangor seafront.
Credit: Facebook / @openhousefestival

The ‘Seaside Revival Street Art’ project is part of the Seaside Revival 2021 celebrations.

After a difficult year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the return of festivities is exactly what many people need.

As the annual large-scale Seaside Revival Vintage Festival isn’t possible this year, organisers have planned a programme of alternative activities.

The festival will see several at-home, online, and smaller outdoor events taking place throughout July.

Events include The Big Swing Dance Class on Sunday 18 July and a Vintage Car Boot Sale on Sunday 25 July. Head to the Open House Festival website to find out more about this year’s festival.

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