Shops undergo colourful renaissance

STREET art has transformed empty shop fronts in Queen’s Road this summer.

An event called Renaissance Paint Jam took place in July, inspired by Bristol’s 650th anniversary. 

Ten street artists helped create the outdoor art exhibition over four days, demonstrating techniques and styles from the renaissance period, updated on a huge scale. The project, which also includes artworks in Park Street, the Triangle and Broad Quay, was curated by the organisers of Bristol’s Upfest street art festival and led by Bristol City Centre BID.

Vicky Lee, head of Bristol City Centre BID, said: “While the retail units on these streets are under offer, we have a unique opportunity to create a large impact for visitors to this part of the city. This is a significant year for the city as we celebrate 650 years of independence and there’s nothing more synonymous with modern day Bristol than street art.”

Bristol 650 marks 650 years since King Edward III granted important rights and privileges to Bristol by royal charter in 1373.