If you live in the Algarve region of Portugal you may have come across the street art in and around Lagos, or seen articles and images in the Tomorrow Algarve magazine.
The huge mural by Mister Thoms featured in my last post is my favourite of this year’s works, but there are lots of other quality pieces in the streets and in the old town jail.
The Old Jail
The programme entitled ARTURb is sponsored each year by Laboratório de Actividades Criativas (LAC) who are based in the town’s former jail at Rua Largo do Convento de Nossa Sra. Da Glória in Lagos (we love long street names). The internal walls of the jail are painted white each August to prepare them as “canvases” for the visiting artists who are ably assisted by Jorge Pereira, LAC’s resident artist.
This year the artists were:
Czarnobyl from Poland who works entirely using stencils and spray paint and belongs to a group of artists working in Berlin. The blue android was created from a dozen layers each using different stencils and can be found in Rua Alvaro Esteves in the Santo Amaro area of Lagos. The stencils are prepared in advance so this work took less than a morning to complete on site. He has a website at stencil-spray.de
Er’naste Nasimo – This reclining figure is the work of Er’naste Nasimo and can be found near Pepper’s bar in Rua Soeiro da Costa in the old town. Er’naste travelled from his home in Bulgaria to demonstrate his style of street art. All street art sites are agreed with Lagos Camara (Council) and permission obtained from the owners of the walls in advance. Er’naste’s website is at nasimo.org
Jorge Charrua specialises in portraits and produced several canvases for exhibition in the old jail before hitting the streets to produce the portrait shown here on an electricity sub-station in Rua da Ameijeira. This work was produced using ordinary household silk finish emulsion applied with brush and rollers. More at www.instagram.com/jorgecharrua1
Kruella D’Enfer– The above images were all shot in the street but Kruella from Lisbon, who specialises in colourful 3D art, produced the most poignant work inside the jail. It is contained in the solitary confinement cell and is a chilling contrast between a fantasy parkland landscape and the stark bars of the tiny windowless concrete cell. Her website is at www.kruelladenfer.com/
In addition to Kruella, each of the artists contributed to the “Jail Project” by producing sculptures and paintings on and in the jail. Here are some examples each with the artist’s name.
A Rusty Toolbox from Mister Thoms
The Artists with LAC Staff
Whilst the jail is not manned permanently, you will find it open most weekdays and, from experience, you will warmly welcomed and allowed to view the art free of charge. It’s perhaps best to telephone first on 00351 282 084 959.
There is an ARTURb website featuring some of the works by Jorge Pereira, the resident LAC artist, with links to all the artists participating since the programme began in 2011 which is well worth investigating. Far better to visit LAC if you are ever in the Algarve.