Waterford Walls 2017


2017 is the third year of Waterford Walls festival. They say there are 40 artists working in the streets, some names are already familiar from the previous years. This year’s festival hosts artists from five continents – Australia, both Americas, Africa and Europe.

In the picture below: Sarah Jane Hanton, Visual media and event manager, and Gabe McGuinness, Assistant project manager.


I start with the New Street Gardens, a temporary community park built on the derelict site in 2014. Edel Tobin, founder of the Gardens, is also the founder of the Waterford Walls festival. There is plenty of wall space for artists and their projects. My opening image is the work of Caoilfhionn Hanton, 19 years old artist from Tramore, Waterford. Caoilfhionn is a veteran of Waterford Walls.

(Click on the images to enlarge them if you want to see more details)

These Love Hearts are the work of Kevin Bohan , Ireland.


Louise McKenna, Waterford based artist.


SHUK , Ireland.


ADOR, Fance, and SHUK.


I am leaving the Gardens and walk up the hill, in direction to the Barrack Street. There I find a few more works.

ADOR, France. The Cloud. I love this character 🙂


OMIN, from Dundalk, Ireland.


The side wall of Bobby’s Bar is particularly loved by artists. This time there is a stunning work of  SONNY , British born artist based in South Africa. Electric Fury!


I turn to the Major’s Walk.

ANIMALITO LAND, brilliant artist Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva from Argentina.


Looking down to Stephen Street I see another work. CRUINNIU WALLS – Louisa Donnelly & Ciara McKenna, Ireland.


I walk down the hill again, but cannot get a closer picture because of the parked cars. Next to CRUINNIU’s work, I see the Irish graffiti godfather RASK, from Drogheda, giving a lesson (workshop?) to a lone student.


There is another work of SHUK in Michael Street.


It had been raining almost every day during the festival. Some artists from ‘dry’ countries had a hard time in Waterford helplessly watching paint drip down their works. The artists from the Emerald Island were not bothered.

VERZ, artist based in Belfast, working away in the rain.



I am heading to the Patrick Street where, according to the Festival map, I will find SMUG and FIVE8 working on their projects. No such luck, but I see another artist who has just started working. It is Jonny McKerr, or JMK, from Belfast.

The artist works in a steady pace, regardless of the weather.




This is the final image. Beautiful.


James Earley’s work still stays unfinished.


Thank you for taking the tour around Waterford Walls. You might love to visit Graffiti Lux and Murals blog by Resa McConaghy from Toronto, Canada and enjoy the ephemeral art of murals.

More works in my next blog post.

www.inesemjphotography.com Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. These are just stunning and I can only sing my praises for such skilled artists. Your photos really do them justice too. I remember your post from last year, Inese, and it’s great to see more of this artwork. I love all the festivals you have down there in Waterford and they must draw in lots of appreciative visitors. Lovely post.

    1. Thank you Millie! It is wonderful that so many world class artists leave their works on our walls. It is like an outdoors art gallery. Unfortunately most of the works won’t live long.

    1. Thank you Dalo! Pity that most of the large scale works were left unfinished this time, due to the rain. Still, they make the streets look more cheerful than usual 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend you too!

  2. How wonderful to see these works of art – and that you even saw one being painted before your eyes! I’m in awe of their creativity 🙂 So great that you also link to Resa’s sight as it is never disappointing xo

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! Great choice 🙂 We had 40 artist from around the world working in the streets, and they did a fantastic job. I am very proud that our festival brought in the talented artists of such caliber.

  3. How beautiful; and what a pleasure that must have been to host all those talented people. I had to have a little giggle regarding ‘paint dripping’ due to the weather; and yet even those with a little ‘drip’ are still fabulous! Thank You for a wonderful post, Inese.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Carolyn. We had a wicked weather that weekend, and many paintings have those long streaks of paint all over the place 🙂 It doesn’t make the paintings look worse. Just adds to the story 🙂

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    1. Thank you! They sometimes paint on the previous year’s work, but some paintings stay since 2015. I think it has something to do with the agreement between the artist and the city.

  5. Incredible images and incredible art! I am constantly amazed at how much goes on in your part of the world! It is always so much fun to see what is happening through your camera!

  6. At the end of your kaleidoscopic post on Waterford Walls, you have used the word ‘ephemeral’ for murals. Aren’t they spectacular like flowers, then, and as enchanting?

    1. Thank you for your comment. Most of the murals are short-living. Imagine putting in so much work and soul, and see them disappear forever. Some works are created in the early hours of morning and painted over by authorities in the afternoon 🙂 Of course our festival works stay longer, but some of the last-years works are already gone, repainted by another artist.

    1. Thank you Sarah! It was a busy time, and the rain didn’t help at all 😦 If the weather was dry, everything would go according to my plan, but in fact everything went different. It took the artists much longer to finish their paintings, and some were left unfinished 😦 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. Heavens, that sounds like a lot of work, Inese. I can’t say I like all of it but there are some magical works. I especially love your last image, and that cheeky chappy at the start. 🙂 🙂

    1. Thank you Imelda! Some of them stay since the first festival in 2015, and I think it is all about agreement between the artist and the city. I remember one work that was removed in a couple of months after it was done.

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  9. Great pieces of art works! They are amazing and some look so real as it would be on typical painting style using paint brushes while these were by spray cans. I do like “The Cloud” character too.

    1. Thank you! Isn’t it amazing how they use a spray can. Such precision, every stroke goes exactly where it is supposed to go. Some of them use brushes too. I have one more post with more murals.
      The Cloud character is so very funny 🙂

  10. Great works, Inese! Admittedly I have 2 faves, the tiger by Sonny from Belfast, and the girl’s face in the flowers by JMK.
    All works are wonderful, and I am elated you went to the festival and made this post!
    Thank you so much, Inese, for giving my graf blog a shout out at the end.
    I will reblog this, but I have a few commitments ahead. I think the reblog will be in about 10 days – 2 weeks from now.
    Have you seen me model the graffiti gown on my Art Gowns blog? If not I hope you will check it out! xoxo

    1. I have no idea how they can do that spray painting. I would love to learn just to paint something small, for home and family 🙂 My only ‘murals’ have been the paintings I did in our bathroom some 30 years ago 🙂 It was cool though 🙂

  11. Interesting. I like the scenes and portraits best. I don’t care for most graffiti art, since I do live in California where this is found everywhere in general and not quite so lovely.

    1. Oh I can imagine. It can be annoying I guess 🙂 We are not that ‘spoiled’ and every splash of bright color makes us happy 🙂 It is a young festival. They started in 2015. In my next post there are more works. Some of these artists are very famous and have their work commissioned all over the world.

            1. When I told my husband what I was thinking, he said “oh no! The last time you did that they wanted to make you mayor!” That was true, our mayor was going on to run for senator, so there was going to be a vacancy and they already figured out who they wanted. LOL However, I soon moved to California. Whew!

    1. Yes, it is a beautiful piece. First she colored the background and I thought that it was just a sunset, and then she started working on the trees. In my next post there are a few more amazing works from some well known artists.

  12. Wow! The paintings are amazing and some detailed. I don’t know how an artist can paint up close and then get the whole painting just right without any obvious mistakes in the execution of the painting. 🙂

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