Explore street art around Weston-super-Mare with new map

PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:28 16 September 2015

Official launch of new Weston Street Art Map, Artist JPS singing maps.

Official launch of new Weston Street Art Map, Artist JPS singing maps.

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BANKSY has put Weston on the world stage with his Dismaland exhibition, and now a new trail has been launched to celebrate street art throughout the town.

Official launch of new Weston Street Art Map, Artist JPS singing maps.Official launch of new Weston Street Art Map, Artist JPS singing maps.

The Weston Street Art Trail map has been launched to show people where they can find urban art pieces – and talks are ongoing to develop a street art festival for Weston next year.

There are 21 pieces of street art around the town by graffiti artist JPS, plus others by his protégé Fawn.

Jamie Scanlon works under the name JPS and overcame a drink and drug habit to make a name for himself creating art on Weston’s walls.

So far this year, his work has appeared in a Hyundi advert and the Tate Modern in London.

But he has now created the street art map in conjunction with the Business Improvement District team, a project officially launched at Cole’s Kitchen in West Street, which has been decorated with art by Fawn.

Darren Dee runs WoodWorm Rocks, a street art company based in Weston, which represents more than 40 artists across the world, including JPS.

He said: “Street art is one of the world’s fastest growing industries with more than £450million pounds spent on street art through auction houses alone last year.

“Thanks to Banksy, Weston has been firmly placed on the world street art map.

“Over the past two weeks and for the next two weeks, besides Banksy, Weston will be buzzing with some top names from the world of street art.

“The majority so far have expressed their interest in coming back to our little town to paint if we were to organise a festival.”

Since Banksy’s arrival, JPS has been busy creating new works in Weston.

Other bits of art have also cropped up in recent weeks, including a stencilled piece on the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival hoardings featuring Paris Hilton and a winged dog.

The work is by Bristol artist John D’oh, who gave out some of his work for free on the seafront this week.

A documentary about JPS’ life and street art called If Walls Could Talk is due for release in the next three months.

Darren added: “JPS is a big name in the world of street art. His stencil and non-stencil-based work has given him great publicity, reviews and acclaim.

“His work has been purchased by collectors around the world and appears alongside such names as Damien Hirst, Banksy, Nick Walker, Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin.

“This guy is hot property.”


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