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  • STENCIBILITY Street Art Festival Estonia

STENCIBILITY - The Street Art Festival in Estonia in Pictures

October 15, 2016

Stencibility is a street art festival that has been held in Tartu, Estonia for 7 years now. This time the festival experimented with finding alternatives to murals and did a mural free street art festival. “For me murals and street art are two really different things. I don’t have anything against murals but if I should choose between two, I prefer working with street art as a whole. Most of the street art festivals consist of huge murals. Why would you call a festival a street art festival if you don’t use all of the potential this rich art movement has to offer?” wonders Sirla, one of the organisers of Stencibility. Here you can see a nice gallery of artworks done during mural free Stencibility fest.

Mr. Thoms’ creative approach towards painting on a building. Instead of doing a 2D flat mural, he used the architecture of the house as one part of the artwork. Whether we should call it an installation or a street object it’s definitely breaking the routine of murals as huge canvases on walls
Project “Rurales” took street art to the villages. Three Polish artists, Seikon, Krik Kong and SC Szyman drove around Estonian countryside car full of spray paint. When they found an environment that inspired them, they asked the owner’s permission on the spot and in case of a positive response, started painting spontaneously
“Rurales” artwork by Krik Kong
“Rurales” artwork by Seikon
Fra Biancoshock’s simple and clever installations show that you can mess with the public space without using any (spray)paint at all. “V.I.P. – very important poverty” in the city centre of Tartu
Fra Biancoshock’s urban intervention exhibiting the events that happened during this tree’s lifetime. All 100 tree circles have a QR code with the historical event that happened this exact year in Estonian history
Going more theoretical. Tartu University’s debate club had a debate on organic street art vs organised street art straight under the Freedom Bridge that is the most active street art place in Tartu
To encourage urban exploring a street art hide-and-seek game was held in cooperation with Nuart festival. Participants had to find 6 puzzle pieces that were hidden among other street art works all over the town. This way all of the artworks were seen but instead of following a group at a guided tour or points at a map, everyone could discover the works themselves
LavARTory program expanded the definition of public space to bar’s toilets. Toilet walls have always been a popular place to draw. Not to mention the amount of visitors the exhibition rooms have every day. In the photo you can see Izak One’s work in pub Zavood
LavARTory program. Estonian street artist Pintsel (The name means “paintbrush” in translation) in Genialistide Club. The trashiest pubs were chosen to guarantee maximum freedom to the artists, no previous sketch was needed
LavARTory program. Kairo and Mimiko’s “Sugar and death” in pub Arhiiv
Animalitoland from Argentina and Estonians Okeiko, Maari Soekov and Sänk had a group exhibition in an abandoned house in the middle of an apple garden
The exhibition “Apple garden of delights” in an abandoned house
The opening of the exhibition involved fire show, police and panel discussion on hearts and di*ks as street art classics
Left: LavARTory program. K2rte in Naiiv’s toilet / Right: Martin Gerstenberger rom Germany attended Stencibility’s open call for street artist who don’t work with murals exclusively. In Tartu he put up various sculptures made out of found objects and trash
Estonian multidiciplinary artist Frindo Kveiks enrichened Tartu cityscape with series of sculptures called “Stoned” installed in different areas around town
Introducing different street art techniques. This string art piece was done collectively by random passers-by
Introducing different street art techniques. An Estonian startup has come up with SprayPrinter. It’s a handheld printer that works with spray paint and transfers images from smartphone to any surface
The final result of a sprayprinted artwork by k2rte
A sketch competition “My First Wall” has an ambition to grow new generation of street artists. On the photo you can see 18-year old Freyja Tralla who painted with sprays for the first time in her life. She promised to do that again 🙂

All images courtesy STENCIBILITY Street Art Festival.