Last weekend, Hit the North was back for it’s 5th amazing year, bringing a host of almost 40 artists to the walls of the Cathedral Quarter. Street artists and graffiti writers travelled from as far as New York, and as close as East Belfast to make their mark on the city, and despite the huge amount of demolition in the area recently, there was plenty of space for the creation of many a masterpiece.
Organised by Seedhead Arts (with the support of Becks), live street art wasn’t the only thing to feast your eyes on during the festival; an exhibition at The National launched the event, a conference with a number of artists was held in conjunction with Community Arts Partnership, and a huge wooly wall was hung over the curved building in Lower Garfield Street as part of the Save CQ Belfast campaign; the building has played host to several artists for previous Hit the Norths (as well as previously housing a ballroom, an ice-cream saloon, and a bird merchant!) but unfortunately looks set to be the newest victim of the city’s ‘developers’.
One of my favourite aspects of Hit the North, is that not only do the artists paint their designated wall, they leave throw-ups, stickers, and other traces of their work around Belfast; some often head to West Belfast to paint on the Cupar Way peace wall, and this year, Artista and Sofly headed up to Derry to paint under the famous Foyle bridge with the great UV Arts.
Glen Molloy, applying an undercoat in the rain, for his tribute to the Beastie Boys.
DMC working on ‘Hash-tagging SIMcardashian’; the finished wall also features graffiti by Shuk
The brilliant Noys from UV Arts based in Derry
‘Curry half n half or pastie bap?’ by Caoilfhionn Hanton
‘Together’ by Sofly
Belfast Beyond favourite Francois Got Buffed
Voms and Sil
Tyrion Lannister in progress by Visual Waste
‘Sleeps not come’ work in progress by Verz
‘Tyger, Tyger burning bright…’ in progress by Friz
‘Tiny Dancer’ by The Drif
‘The Dream’ by Dan Kitchener
Big shout-outs to Glen Molloy, DMC, Shuk, Voms, Visual Waste, FGB, Joke and Noys who all took some time out to chat, and thanks to the always wonderful Seedhead Arts for his brilliant event!
To see the walls in all their glory, and learn more about them, take Seedhead Art’s Street Art Walking Tour; the tour runs every Sunday at 12 noon, and on the first Thursday evening of each month, as part of First Thursday’s Belfast.