Heerlen Murals organised a wide range of interventions and activities from August till December 2016 in and around the center of Heerlen, in the Netherlands.
This year’s theme is called “There’s more than meets the eye” and it deals with the diversity and the ‘do it yourself’-mentality of the art-form. The artists were challenged to produce works that either have a worldly or local context.
During the event murals were created by world-renowned artists making their Dutch debut in Heerlen. AEC from Ukraine, Aryz from Spain and Nunca from Brazil painted for the first time in the Netherlands. This edition offered more highlights with Isaac Cordal leaving a trail of Cement Eclipses characters in the center of Heerlen, which are unique in the Netherlands. On top of that, an international art panel was held and the event also hosted the European premiere of the documentary “Wall Writers”.
HRLN Murals 2016 presents an eclectic selection of (inter)national artists from the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil and Ukraine. The art on display includes murals, works on canvas, installations, illustrations and photography.
The participating artists of 2016 are:
Outdoor: AEC Interesni Kazki (UKR) Aryz (SP), Ben Eine (GB), Bier & Brood (NL), Dzia (BE), Isaac Cordal (SP), Nunca (BR), Serge Verheugen (NL) and Zedz (NL)
Indoor participants: “Berlin Calling” exhibition: Base 23, Bruce & Mina, Chrisse Kunst, Felix Gephart, LowBros, Matthias Gephart, Stohead, Untune, Poet73
This exhibition was organized in collaboration with Urban Spree in Berlin
“ Infatuated” photo exhibition: Daantje Jacobs (NL), Dieter Weinkauf (DE), Henrik Haven (DK), Nicole Blommers (NL), Regina Weinkauf (DE)
This exhibition tells the story of five aficionado’s. It asks: “what integrates and motivates these treasure hunters to find these works of art regardless of the circumstances?”
“In Dialoog” exhibition: Burpk (NL), Mike Moonen (NL), Viswerk (NL). This show studies the dialogue between the work of three artist in conjunction with the viewer whereby self expression is the focal point.
Heerlen Murals is a project of “Street Art Foundation” the foundation’s objective is to gain positive attention for Heerlen. In addition to challenge artist and offer inspiration through
interventions in the public space art and informing the public by hosting events. This refreshing art movement thrives in public. A city as a public exhibition space, so that everyone from young to old can enjoy great art for free and be inspired by the painted murals.
Check out our recap below with photographs from Henrik Haven.