Artist FAQ & Info | Upfest

Artist FAQ & Info

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

Still got a question? email


What's new for 2021?

Due to current restrictions in place, we have split rhe festival into two phases, phase 1-  75 walls in 75 days will take place between May- July.

We have a provisional date for phase 2- The festival - live painting in Greville Smyth park, this wil be 28th- 29th August


Will the festival be co-vid secure?

Yes, we are working very hard on plans for all eventualities to bring you a safe and creative event, in line with government guidelines.


How do I register to paint at the festival?

Due to the cancellation of the festival in 2020 registration will not take place for 2021. If you were accepted for 2020 you will automatically be allocated a space for 2021

If you are an accepted 2020 artist, we have sent emails out at the beginning of May, if you haven't received yours then email 


When can I paint?

All confirmed festival artists will be able to paint between 11am - 8pm on Saturday & Sunday. All artists painting pre-festival the dates will be arranged directly.


Where does Upfest take place?

Upfest takes place In Bedminster which is situated in South Bristol (about a 15 minute walk from the city centre). The Festival will take place at Greville Smyth Park and the Tobacco Factory.




How big are the painting spaces?

The space allocated will be what you requested when you originally applied, don’t worry if you have forgotten we will confirm the size when we get in touch in December

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 ( as you were before)  which are erected for the festival, it will be suitable for spray paint, markers, and paints of most kinds.


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').



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 centre there is a bus service direct to North Street this is the number 24

Car Share, there are several car share websites available here are a few options


By Bike, additional bike racks will be available at Greville Smyth Park


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.


When shall I arrive?

We recommend for artists painting at the festival, 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. For those painting pre festival, dates will be arranged directly.


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 Full Moon hostel (Stokes Croft)

The Lanes hostel (Central)

Mercure Grand Hotel (Central)


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

You will need to attend registration between 9.30am & 10.30am on Saturday More details regarding location will be available early March.


I can’t make registration what do I do?

Head to the sales desk, 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 registration 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 early March


Can I order paint?

Each artist will receive a small amount of free paint or posca pens, an order form will be sent out early March, 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 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 14th May


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 14th May


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 we would ask that you email over images of the work, so please photograph all artworks you are sending to us. 


Will you pay for my artwork 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.