Empty Walls Project Jazzes Up Cardiff’s Streets

Move over Banksy, there’s been a street art explosion in Roath thanks to the Empty Walls project, run by Modern Alchemists as part of the Made in Roath festival.


Artists like Run, 3DOM and Phlegm from all over the UK, Italy and Germany were invited to participate in the event which started in October and was the first street art and graffiti festival to be hosted in Wales.

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You might have seen a few of these on your walk to uni:

Carnival by Dan Green can be seen on Lowther Road in Cathays

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Students wandering the streets of Cathays and Roath can expect to find murals in locations like City Road, Northcote Lane, Moy Road and Plasnewydd Road.

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Local artist Claire Phillips-Thomas says, ‘Street art is a brilliant way to bring art to people who would probably never consider visiting an art gallery. It’s also a much more affordable way for new, up and coming artists to promote their work’.

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We students approve too! Comments include:

‘It’s nice to have a bit of colour here and there’

‘It’s great to have something like this in the student community’

‘It’s actually pretty cool’

‘Quite sexy, the painting aspect I mean, not the drawings themselves’

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The project is a celebration of creativity, turning Roath into an open-air gallery for us all to enjoy.