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Upfest Summer Editions to inspire climate conversation with Bristol mural

6th June 2019

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The world’s climate crisis is now even harder to ignore as Bristol-based artist Jody nears completion of a brand new mural on the Tobacco Factory.

Upfest Summer Editions to inspire climate conversation with Bristol mural_ Artist Jody, Credit Neil James Brain
Upfest Summer Editions to inspire climate conversation with Bristol mural.
Artist Jody, Photo Credit Neil James Brain. 

Upfest Summer Editions crafted with Posca, honours the Tobacco Factory’s sustainable ethos as the community hub celebrates 25 years in Bedminster.

This new piece pays tribute to Greta Thunberg, the 15-year old Swedish environmental activist famous for starting the school strike for climate and raising awareness for the impact the world’s climate crisis has on younger generations.

Jody is an Upfest veteran and his iconic work has donned many of South Bristol’s walls. Creating thought provoking pieces that explore tougher themes, his style often includes strong photorealistic female portraits in a dark and glamorous aesthetic.

Jody comments; "I've always wanted the opportunity to paint the tobacco factory wall - it’s the biggest and most challenging wall in Bristol. I was approached with a very specific brief of the Climate Change Crisis and Greta, the teenage activists name was mentioned, I immediately jumped at the chance to paint someone so relevant and outspoken. I hope that the finished wall will cross all barriers of age, ethnicity and language to make a bold statement about the about the environmental struggle that we all face."

Steve Hayles, founder of Upfest comments: “The response to Upfest Summer Editions has been great and we’re really happy to continue to bring world class artists to Bristol in a year that we are having a break from the main festival.

“We love to see art comment on topical issues and this new piece by Jody we hope will help to create more conversations on the issue of climate change and its effect on our community. We hope that his work will resonate with the people who come to see it and inspire some to learn more about the issue.”

George Ferguson, who started the Tobacco Factory project in 1994 as an experiment in cultural regeneration, said “On our 25th anniversary, I wanted to give a Bristol artist the opportunity to express our strongly held ethical and environmental principles on our 50 foot high wall, by celebrating all the young people fighting climate change, personified by the inspirational Greta Thunberg”

The Tobacco Factory will celebrate their 25th anniversary this bank holiday weekend with a neighbourhood event. The weekend’s programming includes further work from Upfest Summer editions by seven artists on various walls around the building’s car park.

Those keen to keep track of the Upfest Summer Editions should follow @Upfest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and announcements as to when new artworks are being produced throughout the year.

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