The street art scene in Ireland, although it’s been around for a long time, has recently seen a large increase in interest.
“It’s a small community and the majority of artists know each other and help each other out. If I was being honest though, there are a lot more cons than pros in Ireland at the minute if you want to be painting large scale murals. There are plenty of derelict buildings laying dormant in the city that need a bit of love, painting a mural is probably the easiest way to inject a little bit of life into these buildings without having to do any major construction work. If these buildings aren’t going to be refurbished any time soon they may as well look nice for the people having to view them on a daily basis. If you look at any capital city in Europe you will see a flourishing mural scene, painted by local and internationally renowned artists. As well as painting large scale murals, if you are painting on a smaller format, indoor studios are few and far between.
My only real advice is just to keep yourself busy and invest in yourself, both with time and money.
“Be proactive, don’t wait for people to offer you walls and mural jobs. Go out and paint walls off your own bat, build up a good body of work and use this to your advantage. Paint as much as you can. Don’t cater for other people’s tastes, paint what you want to paint. And most importantly, enjoy it.”
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