Graffiti Goldrush


In 2017 we broke into the international arena with Wallin' for the first time with the exchange project 'Graffit Goldrush'. Graffiti Goldrush 2017 is a graffiti exchange project between Ghent and Lisbon. Some of our local artists went to Loures to paint a mural, and vice versa. We wanted to give local artists the opportunity to paint a mural abroad, in order to attract international interest.

In Portugal, we found a structural partner in the organisation of Loures Arte Publica. They had managed to create 100+ murals in 3 years in one of the roughest neighbourhoods of the province. The aim of this project is to upgrade the social housing company and improve the image of the neighbourhood.

In Belgium, we joined the Ghent street art festival 'Sorry, Not Sorry'. By doing so, we wanted to contribute to the profiling of the City of Ghent as an open-minded art city that welcomes and embraces talent from all over the world.

We were looking for artists who were in an important phase of their career and developed their own style. For the Belgian delegation we invited A Squid Called Sebastian, Cee Pil and Solid. From Portugal we received the artists Marianna PTCS, Violant and Nuno Viegas. (photos in that order)

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The whole project was shown in a documentary, filmed and edited by videographer Fausto Fazzari. We spoke with the local government in both cities to hear their vision behind the initiatives. We also did interviews with the artists involved to get an idea of what drives them as artists. Watch the video here!

Once back in Belgium, we wanted to transfer the concept of Loures Arte Publica to a similar neighborhood in our city, namely New Ghent. This later developed into the project The Goldmine, which will be specified on our website very soon!

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