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.

  2. Simply amazing talent ~ would be fun to spend time with these artists and watch them as they create. Wonderful post, Inese! Enjoy your weekend.

    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!

  3. 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.

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