The Takeover Barcelona

Well I was hoping to be slightly more prolific with this blog but seeing as this is my first post in 3 months I’m going to have to claim some sort of writers block as my excuse! Or the summer heat here making me a little more dopey than usual.

Now that my excuses are out of the way lets get down to business. This weekend in Barcelona saw the innaugral ‘Takeover’ event which in the words of the organisers… “Is a street art event that brings together Barcelona and Berlin based artists to takeover an urban space and transform it into an urban oasis”

The event was held at the Nau Bostik in the city’s La Sagrera district. The Nau Bostik is a former glue factory which now houses a myriad of local events from street art to photography shows to food truck and music shows.



The takeover brought together some of Barcelona’s finest artists along with a smattering of artists from Berlin to create a truly unique event allowing various artists to collaborate on pieces that might not have been possible in a normal day to day setting.

The art created this weekend will be on show at Nau Bostik for a extended period of time allowing plenty of street art fans to witness the fruits of what was a memorable experience for the artists involved.

Here’s hoping to more ‘Takeovers’ in the future.



GO GO GO – BYG & Contorno Urbano’s 12+1 Project

Hello everyone, welcome to my very first post for my new blog, No Grey Walls! Well in fact it’s my first blog post anywhere, ever, so bear with my whilst I get my writing style down to an art… terrible pun very much intended sadly.

The main aim of this blog is to speak a little bit about the art scene here in Barcelona and hopefully bring even just a little bit more attention to some of the amazing artists that reside in this fantastic city.  The art scene is absolutely thriving at the moment and with the sheer amount of legal walls available in the city centre and on the outskirts artists appear to have taken the baton and very much ran with it. Even me who spends the majority of his time ambling around the city looking for art is finding it difficult to keep up with the sheer amount of painting that’s going on! Judging by my step counter app I am most definitely embracing the challenge though!

Speaking of legal walls, one organisation which is doing amazing things on the outskirts of the city are Contorno Urbano who have created their 12+1 project. The aim of the project is to bring the concept of gallery work to the general public on a far grander scale in the form of a giant mural. Each month Contorno partner with an artist(s) to create a new mural which will be exhibited for 30 days in one of their three locations.

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to their latest exhibit which is by a collective known as BYG. BYG are Patricia and Luis who are passionate about collage and have done multiple street interventions around Spain using their favourite technique.

Patricia and Luis believe that collage is the meeting, the surprise, what confuses and decontextualizes. That collage is discovery. And this is exactly what they want to happen in people’s minds when they pass in front of their artworks.

It’s a wonderful piece of work and I personally really enjoy the fact that areas of the city that are maybe forgotten about or don’t receive as much attention have an area where the local population can see and enjoy an amazing piece of art on a large scale. The fact that they get 12 pieces of art over the course of the year makes it even better. Long may it continue.

If you want any more information on Contorno Urbano check out their website –