KING OF PAINT, BRISTOL
Nestling in the space between Bristol’s bus station and the Broadmead shopping centre, King Of Paint (KOP) is what Bristol’s graffiti and street art community have long been waiting for: a focal-point, in the heart of the city, just round the corner from the UK’s largest decriminalised painting zone, Stokes Croft.
On the surface KOP is a spray paint outlet and gallery space, but it also aims to be a hub for artists, run by artists, that is dedicated to giving the city’s scene a much-needed, designated space; to exhibit, meet, hang out, draw and paint. With dedicated outdoor painting spaces (including one all-weather wall), well-lit interior walls, spray paint on tap and tables where artists can sit and sketch over a cup of tea; KOP intends to be a space that is a hive of activity, buzzing with ideas, artwork and conversation; somewhere to rendezvous, plan and celebrate all that makes the Bristol scene unique. And with a team of artists with years of experience of teaching young people ‘the way of the can’ onboard, KOP is also committed to ensuring Bristol’s continued status as the UK’s most colourful city for years to come, through an ongoing programme of workshops and community painting events.
The first solo show, featuring China Mike, has been booked-in for January.
9a Haymarket Walk