By Sanjana Idnani, Wellbeing and Travel Sub-Editor
The Six Sisters project, a row of six murals painted above businesses on North Street in Bedminster has been completed.
Inspired by San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, the project celebrates and showcases the work of six Bristol-based female street artists and is now the UK’s largest female-led street art project.
On May 21, five years from the project’s inception, the final murals, by Lucas Antics and Ejits, were unveiled.
The project began at Upfest 2016 when Bristol-based artist and fashion designer Gemma Compton completed the first mural above Upfest gallery. Following this, the founder of Upfest, Stephen Hayles, decided to continue the series.
In 2019, Zoe Power completed the second mural above Zara’s Chocolates. In 2020, work by Bex Glover and Sophie Long was added to the project above Like Sew Amazing and South West Upholstery, respectively.
On International Women’s Day 2021, Hayles announced that the project would be completed in its entirety this year with the addition of murals by Ejits and Lucas Antics.
We at the BID and @Upfest are thrilled to see the excitement building up around the completion of the #SixSisters mural on #NorthStreet!— Bedminster (@BedminsterBID) March 31, 2021
We can't wait to see @ejits_art completed addition to the #streetart mural! ✨ pic.twitter.com/5JwEbqXhjX
Ejits’ design draws on American animation and Japanese character design and Lucas Antics’ piece follows her distinct graphic-novel style work.
Simon Dicken, chair of the Bedminster BID said: 'Bedminster is world-renowned for its street art - we’re lucky to have some of the biggest and best artists and artwork right here on our doorstep.
Micro models by Raygunsandrobots featuring our small run of shops on north street, BS3 adorned with artwork from @bexgloverart @ejits_art @zoepowpower @GemmaCompton @sophielongart pic.twitter.com/D8GU59et5z— UPFEST (@Upfest) December 19, 2020
'It’s a huge draw for locals and visitors alike, as they can come to explore the streets and enjoy our local retail and hospitality offering.
'It is incredibly fitting, that as our high streets and hospitality industry re-opens and recovers, that we can welcome people back to the streets of Bedminster with some incredible new colour and creativity, five years in the making. I’ve no doubt this will be a huge attraction for shoppers and visitors alike.'
Featured Image: Simon Boddy
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