If you don’t know already that Bristol is the home of some of the best street art out there, get to know. Proving once again how much creativity this city has to offer is a very special Christmas mural trail that’s sure to bring plenty of joy this festive season.
Netflix, Aardman and popular Bristol street art festival, Upfest, have partnered together to bring a brand new art trail to the streets of Bristol in order to celebrate the launch of Aardman’s new animated short, Robin Robin. Painting began on November 8 where one of Bristol’s most celebrated street artists, Alex Lucas, created 11 murals in Bedminster, finally completing the trail on November 23.
The Bristol artist was hand-selected by Aardman’s Dan Ojari and Mikey Please to recreate the film’s characters in her own, unique style, using the streets of Bedminster as her canvas. The writers and directors of Robin Robin said: “It’s been important to us to acknowledge the local craft and creative community within Bristol so what is more fitting to the city than a mural trail.”
You can start the trail on North Street at McColl’s Newsagents and end up at the Rope Walk on Bedminster Parade, paying particular attention to the Upfest Gallery, Rhubarb Jumble, Toyville, Viva La Mexican, The Emporium and more along the way. You will instantly recognise the whimsical characters from the ‘purrfectly villainous Cat’ (who is voiced by Sex Education‘s Gillian Anderson in the short) to Robin Robin herself as you explore through the streets to get a glimpse of them all.
The festive film is a 30-minute stop-frame musical, written and directed by Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, and was created using needle-felting techniques. With the release of Robin Robin coming to Netflix on November 24, there’s no better time to head to Bedminster and check out the new paint.