With the season set to start in earnest, here are a few highlights from our annual list of street art trends.
The next season is shaping up to be a bit more diverse than ever before.
From a mix of street artists and new artists from around the world, there are many more street art projects than ever in 2019.
The UK and Ireland are still the most popular places for street artists to set up shop, with some projects coming from all corners of the globe.
But while the popularity of these emerging street artists in London and New York may seem like a positive trend, we know the truth is far from it.
From the UK and Dublin to Germany, Japan, the US and Brazil, there’s still a lot of space for street artwork to flourish in 2019 in all corners.
In this year’s list, you’ll find street art from all around the globe, with a few exceptions.
In fact, it’s the fact that there are so many great street art examples in the UK that’s so enticing, says the UK’s Joanne Mather, the UK Minister for Culture, Arts and the Gaeltacht.
“The country has a massive number of great artists who can create stunning works that you just can’t get to in London, because it’s such a busy city,” she says.
The number of artists in the world in 2019 is almost 10 times the number of in 2014, when there were only four. “
And it’s amazing that there’s so much space for the kind of creative expression that you’d find in London.”
The number of artists in the world in 2019 is almost 10 times the number of in 2014, when there were only four.
This year, there were nearly 7,000 artists in Europe, including more than 500 in the Netherlands.
But, unlike previous years, the number is rising again, as the number in the EU increases by almost 200 per cent.
The number in New Zealand is also rising, with more than 5,000 people participating in the country’s annual street art competitions, which have seen the number grow from about 400 in 2014 to more than 8,000 in 2019 – almost doubling the number from last year.
But it’s not just the number that is rising, but the quality.
This is because this year, the International Street Art Awards, a global competition organised by the International Federation of the Artistic Arts, has become the world’s most popular street art competition.
And while this is the case across the globe and not just in the US, the best of the best are still finding their feet in the capital.
With a growing number of projects in London’s Notting Hill Carnival and in New York’s Upper West Side, the city is well placed to host these competitions in 2019, as well as other international competitions in Europe.
While it’s great to see more of these amazing street art works taking place, it does come with a price, says Mather.
“There’s a price to pay for the opportunity to have a platform to showcase your work, and you don’t want to do that if you don to have your work accepted for the jury, for the prize money,” she adds.
“It’s an opportunity for people to see the work, see what the competition is about, and also the money that’s made from it.”
The art form of street painting has been evolving in the past year, but it’s still largely the same.
The artists have always had a certain style, which has always been a very influential aspect of street artwork, says Paul Rach, the editor of The New York Times Magazine.
“It’s not about the style, but that it’s something you can be proud of, that it shows the passion and the dedication that the artist put into their art,” he says.
The same applies to street art as it relates to street culture.
It’s about the way people engage with each other and how you see the world around you, and how they connect to each other.
“If you’re not doing that, it feels like a chore, because you’re doing it all on your own,” says Rach.
The art of street culture has become increasingly popular in the last few years, says Chris Jones, the creative director of Art and Culture UK.
“Street art has become such a powerful way to get people to come together and feel connected, to feel part of something larger,” he explains.
“So when people see a project from another culture that they’re interested in, and it’s being represented on their street, it can bring people together.”
There’s no shortage of street artist projects happening in 2019 around the UK, says Jones, with artists from all walks of life and backgrounds, from traditional street artists from Ireland to street artists using the technology of mobile phones and tablets.
“We’ve got so many talented people, and so many artists who are doing it in their own way, and not in the traditional way, that there is a lot that is emerging,” he adds.