Coventry Degree Show 2015: Graffiti Kings

By Gayatri Pillai

As part of Coventry University’s 2015 degree show ‘The Creative City’, professional and world-renowned street art and graffiti artists – Graffiti Kings – appeared at Lanchester Gallery to perform a live street art event. Students and Coventry’s publicians were encouraged to get creative and add their own contributions onto the graffiti wall.

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The Graffiti Kings who have worked with Sky Sports,  Microsoft and Adidas aimed to collaborate students and members of the public to come together to celebrate; bringing together the artistic city.

Members of the public were invited to watch the twenty feet long and eight feet high wall take shape as the Graffiti Kings tried to complete it with a deadline from 10am to 5pm.

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Lead by Darran Cullen, in just seven hours the team aimed to represent the city’s creative spirit by painting the wall with iconic buildings with additions from the public.  The London cased artist who was the official street artist for the 2012 London Olympics said:

“The final outcome of this event is that we create an interactive piece of artwork that evolves from a completely white surface produced by the Coventry city public who want to add something to the wall. It’s not really about high end art, we just want everyone to have a go and take part.”

The final piece was vibrant and contained elements of the history of Coventry with watches bikes to show the history of watchmaking and automobiles in Coventry City.

The Coventry University degree show takes place every year for students from the School of Art and Design to display their work and showcase their creativity and talent with fashion shows, live gigs and exhibitions.  The Graffiti wall will be displayed in Lanchester Gallery until the Thursday the 14th of May.

 

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Sub-edited by: Darryl White

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