It was first held in Sulitjelma in 2015, where seven international and national artists came and left their mark on the abandoned mining community.
Urban art is experienced most often - as the name implies - in urban areas. Up North Festival chose to invite internationally renowned urban artists Sulitjelma summer of 2015 aroused so much attention, including in the main blogs for street art, like Wide Walls and Street Art News. Urban art surrounded by magnificent North Norwegian nature put art form - and artists - into new and unique surroundings.
"Insomnia" by Millo, Italy
(Tjærandsengården, Storgata 30 Bodo)
Millo is an Italian artist whose real name Francesco Camillo Giorgino. He characterized by large murals that have friendly residents who explore their urban surroundings. He uses simple black and white lines with touches of bright color when necessary, and often contain elements of architecture in its multi-story windows.
His work has been exhibited in London, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Milan, Rome, Florence and more.
In 2014 he won b.Arte competition which enabled him to paint 13 multi-storey windows in the city of Turin (IT).
"Malstrøm" by David de la Mano
(Soløybuilding, Moloveien 20 Bodo)
David de la Mano is a Spanish artist who paints large murals and street art with silhouettes, trees and other monochromatic images. Many of his pieces are collaboration with fellow artist Pablo S. Herrero. David work can be found throughout Norway, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Florida, Brazil, Taiwan, Paris, Spain and the UK.
"After School" by Rustam QBic
(Kongensgate 20, Bodo)
The Russian artist Rustam Qbic specializes in street art that seem larger than life. His paintings are saturated with lush adventure, colors and defined by a playful sense of the absurd. Emerging in both expected and unexpected places, his paintings adorn not only the walls of dilapidated buildings, but residential blocks.
There is an amazing sense of synthesis between Qbic's art and its surroundings. His art recalls the various designs of house and home, nature, and man's role. The juxtaposition of the familiar with the unexpected evokes a magical sense of whimsy.
(Sjøgata 18, Bodø)
Phlegm is a British Sheffield-based muralist and artist who first developed his illustrations in self-published comics:
The name "Phlegm" came from one of the four temperaments in ancient Greek medicine, blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm (Phlegm).
Phlegm its storybook-like images is half childlike, half threatening. Often the town setting for his long lanky half human, half woodland creatures. His work is exclusively in monochrome.
Each subscription is part of a big story that extends worldwide, in countries such as Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, USA, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Australia
The last piece of the street art in Bodø is this butterfly painted by Martin Watson in may 2018. Located next to the restaurant Burgasm.
We encourage you to take a walk through the city streets. There are several artists, including SinnSykShit (Dronningensgate, alley by NOK gallery), dot dot dot, and Alte Østrem (Torghallen) who created gorgeous works.