Artist FAQ & Info

We have tried to answer all your questions here, please read them first. 

Still got a question? email


When is the next Upfest?

We are having a break in 2019, The festival will be back in 2020


How do I register to paint at the festival?

Registration will open on our website towards the end of the year


When can I paint?

All confirmed festival artists will be able to paint between 11am - 7pm on Saturday  & Sunday . Monday is primarily a kids activity day and a public viewing day for completed artworks, the Monday is a reserve painting day in case of consistent bad weather over the weekend. 


Where does Upfest take place?

Upfest takes place across Bedminster & Southville which is situated in south Bristol (about a 15 minute walk from the city centre). Upfest takes place across 35+ venues and locations centered around the 2km stretch of North Street. In recent years the festival has grown and now includes satellite painting locations along East Street, West Street & Winterstoke Road.


Can I collaborate with another artist or paint as part of a crew?

Yes, on the registration page please select if you wish to register as an individual, pair or crew you will need their email addresses and full information of each person in your pair/crew in order to register.


How big are the painting spaces?

Only request the size of space you are comfortable to paint, selecting an XXL space just because it’s on the list may mean you or someone else is not offered a space.

Individuals and pairs:

Small 1.2m wide x 1.2m high (4ft x 4ft)

Medium 1.2m wide x 2.4m high (4ft x 8ft)

Large 2.4m x 2.4m (8ft x 8ft)

XL 3.6m wide x 2.4m high (12ft x 8ft)

XXL 6m wide x 2.4 m high (20ft x 8ft)


Crews: (Below is the space per crew member. A crew of 5 requesting an XL space would receive an 18m x 2.4m sized space.)

Crew Medium 1.2m wide x 2.4m high (4ft x 8ft) per crew member

Crew Large 2.4m x 2.4m (8ft x 8ft) per crew member

Crew XL 3.6m wide x 2.4m high (12ft x 8ft) per crew member


What will I be painting on?

With over 300 artists painting and bricked surfaces limited, most artists will be offered a primed boarded surface which are erected for the festival, it will be suitable for spray paint, markers, and paints of most kinds. Due to boards being re-used each year we no longer allow paste-ups.


How much does it cost?

Upfest is free! It is free to register and if you're accepted to paint, it's still free! It is also free for visitors to attend the festival.


Does Upfest pay for my materials?

Hosting 300 artists means we can’t provide all your paint but each artist will receive a small amount of free paint, an order form to select your free paint will be sent out once you have been accepted, you will also be able to order additional paint through us at a discounted rate, we recommend international artists use this service as many airlines don't allow you to travel with spray paint.


Does Upfest pay for my travel / accommodation?

NO,  Due to the number of artists attending the festival we can’t pay for individual travel or hotels, we can recommend some cheap places to stay (see 'Where can I stay').


I don't have facebook/website what do I do?

If you have no social media or website then please email images of your work to please ensure you have included your artist name in the email, only email images once you have registered.


When do I find out whether I have been accepted?

Within a month after registration ends


My friend / crew member has now asked if they can paint with me, is this okay?

If you have been accepted to paint and another unregistered artist asked to paint with you, this is okay but you will need to share the size of the space you have been allocated. Unfortunately they will not be listed in the program / website and they will not receive any free paint.


Can I change the size of space I requested?

Yes, as long as we have the space available, email with your artist/crew name and size you would like to paint and we will see what we can do.


I can no longer attend what do I do?

Please email, with your artist name, this is really important to allow us to reallocate the space to one of the artists on our reserve list.


How do I get to the festival?

The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads this is a 20 min walk to the festival,

The nearest coach station is Bristol central station this is a 25 min walk to the festival

From Bristol city center there is a bus service direct to North Street this is the number 24


What’s the closest airport to the festival?

Bristol International airport 6.5 miles (airport bus or taxi’s available for transfer to accommodation)


Cardiff international 58 miles (train journey required into Bristol aprox 50 minutes), but worth checking as flights sometimes cheaper.


London Airports 100 miles (train / coach journey required to Bristol aprox 2-3 hours), but worth checking as flights sometimes cheaper.


I need a letter for a visa what do i do?

If you require a written invitation for your visa, please email  with your full name, passport number and  artist name.


When shall I arrive?

We recommend that artists arrive on Friday so you are here ready to paint Saturday / Sunday, although Bristol is an amazing city you may wish to arrive earlier and enjoy what Bristol has to offer.


Where can I stay?

There are many hostels, budget hotels, camping sites across Bristol, when searching use postcode BS31JF for nearest available, we strongly recommend you make a reservation as early as possible as they do get booked up in the summer months below are some of the local hotels, hostels, B&B available

The Ashville (Bedminster) rooms will go very quickly.

The Full Moon hostel (Stokes Croft)

The Lanes hostel (Central)


Where do I go on the first day (Saturday )?

You will need to attend registration between 9.30am & 10.30am on Saturday. Registration takes place at the Tobacco Factory (BS3 1TF), you will need to attend registration in order to receive your free paint and get directions to your painting space.


I can’t make registration what do I do?

Head to the sales desk at the tobacco factory where the sales team can get you registered and issue your paint if you arrive late.


I’ve forgotten my registration number?

There will be lists up at the tobacco factory on the day, where you can look up your number prior to registering.


Can I get my profile added to the Upfest website and festival brochure?

Yes, We  will need a square profile image from you, it needs to be 600 x 600 pixels at 300dpi Usually it would be a picture of your street work or studio work. The image will be used to promote you both online and in the festival magazine, so find a good image.

Whilst some of you have provided us with a short profile already, please could everyone resubmit a profile up to 100 words (along with your profile image), describing you, your work and why you do it, Email to

Do I get any free paint?

Each artist will receive a small amount of free paint or posca pens, an order form will be sent out once you have been accepted


Can I order paint?

Each artist will receive a small amount of free paint or posca pens, an order form will be sent out once you have been accepted, you will also be able to order additional paint through us at a discounted rate on the same order form.


I need other materials than spray paint or posca?

There are various shops in walking distance from the Upfest gallery that sell artist materials, rollers, emulsions etc below is a list

Lion Stores 219 North street hardwars store selling emulsions, brushes, ladders, tape

Wyatt & Ackerman 30 North st, Art supply store, card, acrylic paints, brushes,pens

Colour Centre 8 Sheene rd, BS3 4EG emulsion/ masonry paint, rollers, brushes

Wilko 142-146 East st, Art supplies, hardware


Where do I collect my paint?

All paint orders will be ready for collection when you register at the tobacco factory on the Saturday morning


Can I sell artwork?

Yes, there will be a number of art sales areas at this year’s festival looked after by our volunteers. The commission on this artwork is split 50% with the artist and 50% towards the festival running costs through the Upfest sales areas the following work can be submitted. Artwork MUST be submitted in advance of the festival.

Original works on paper (Any price - Max 2)

Art prints on paper (Any price - Max 2 designs, 5 copies)

Table top items such as painted spray cans, vinyl toys and other original pieces of artwork smaller than 40 x 40cm, priced under £100

Artist Merchandise (T-shirts, Clothing, Caps, Books & Stickers)


When do we need your artwork by?

Artwork and merchandise must be sent or delivered to the Upfest Gallery by Friday 13th of July.


Can I bring my artwork on the day?

NO, as the work needs to be cataloged before it can go on display all artwork and merchandise needs to be received no later than 13th July.


What address shall I send my artwork / merchandise to?

Please send all artwork and merchandise to:

Upfest Gallery, 198 North Street, Bedminster, BS3 1JF

Please package your artwork well, damaged artwork will not be displayed, we recommend using a quality tube when sending artwork on paper.

Please include the Artworks & Merchandise submission form when you send us your items, this form will be emailed to you once your application is successful.


How long will my artwork be on display?

Artwork will be up for a minimum of a month, artwork on paper will be in the print racks at the gallery until they are sold or collected.


Will my artwork be on the Upfest website?

Unsold artwork from the festival will be added to the Upfest website, as this is a very very busy time for us it may take up to a month for your artwork to be added, to speed up the process you may be contacted for photos of your artwork, so please photograph all artworks you are sending to us. 

Will you pay for my artowrk to be returned?

No, you will be responsible for the cost of postage & packaging of any artwork you wished to be sent back if unsold.