Empty Walls Festival 2014: the murals so far… photo blog by David Allen

So, we’re about halfway through the Empty Walls festival … and so we sent photographer David Allen out and about in Cardiff to track the progress of the murals newly adorning our streets. Read on for his experiences, and also to see his ace pics.

Artist: JOY

joy 2 empty walls 2014

joy empty walls 2014

The experience of following the Empty Walls project across the city was very exciting, as I had no idea what to expect from each mural. Walking from one side of the city to the other was worth finding these amazing pieces of art. It was made even better trying to pin point exactly where the art was, looking left and right, then turning a corner to find this giant piece of amazing art so different from the last.


dan green empty walls 2014

dan green 2 empty walls 2014

Artist: KERA1

kera 2 empty walls 2014

kera empty walls 2014


le super demon empty walls 2014

le super demon 2 empty walls 2014

Artist: PHLEGM

Phelgm empty walls 2014

Phelgm 2 empty walls 2014

I was born in Cardiff. When I was three my family moved to Dubai, and moved back to Cardiff when I was eight, lived here ever since. Didn’t get into photography until I was eighteen, having just finished college and not knowing where I wanted my future to be, I picked up a camera and started taking photos. It started as a hobby, I spent a year teaching myself how to work a camera and started getting better and better.


phil morgan empty walls 2014

phil morgan 2 empty walls 2014

Artist: ZED

Zed 1 empty walls 2014

Zed 2 empty walls 2014

After teaching myself to use a camera, I was determined that my future was in photography, because I thought why not make a living in what you love doing. So then I took a course in Foundation Art and Design focusing on photography at the University of South Wales Treforest campus. After receiving a merit for that course I’ve started my first year in photojournalism at University of South Wales Cardiff campus, so I can learn everything there is to know about being a photographer. So far I am loving every moment of it!

Artist: RUSS

russ empty walls 2014

russ 2 empty walls 2014

Dale Grimshaw and Ekstraterneks’ works are not completed yet, so I got a progress shot of each. David de la Mano’s work was completed but there were road works in the way and I couldn’t get a clear shot of it. All the other artists have yet to start their work. Keep your eyes on We Are Cardiff for when the festival has completed…


ekstraternek empty walls 2014


David de la Mano empty walls 2014


Dale Grimshaw empty walls 2014

Visit David Allen’s blog or catch him on Twitter @Dai_PhotoJ_USW
Empty Walls Project website


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5 thoughts on “Empty Walls Festival 2014: the murals so far… photo blog by David Allen”

  1. Great post! Im also trying to record all this pics from the Empty Walls festival! Everything keeps moving and changing!

    Just to say the one on Northcote Lane (hands, faces and telephones) is from last years Empty Wall festival and was by artist Run (who was supposed to be coming this year but has had to cancel due to other committments!) boo!


    1. Ah that’s a real shame! Yeah Empty Walls is a bit of a game of hide and seek isn’t it. It’s been so lovely having all this beautiful art pop up around the city!


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