Toronto artist Jieun Kim is influenced by Korean folk art.
Toronto artist Jieun Kim is influenced by Korean folk art.

The first-ever Halifax Mural Festival takes place July 11-17

The first wave of artists at the celebration of street art has been announced.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Duane Jones was curator of an art show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia when he is, in fact, the exhibition space designer of the show. The Coast regrets the error, and has updated the text below.

A celebration of street art and those who create it, the inaugural Halifax Mural Festival will take over Quinpool Road and the Halifax Waterfront for a week this July.

From July 11-17, public spaces in both neighbourhoods will be awash with colour as both emerging and established artists create new, large-scale works. So far, a handful of names have been announced, including multi-hyphenate Duane Jones (you might know him for designing the exhibition space for the show Tyranny at the AGNS, for his streetwear line Art Pays Me or for his Basquiat-inspired paintings), the artist Nessy, whose abstract portraiture and instantly-sold-out NFTs have been taking the art world by storm and Kristen De Palma, known for works rife with hand lettering and vintage glamour. Alongside this crew of locals, Toronto's Jieun Kim and Mony Zakhour have been announced as visiting artists.

More info on the festival is slated to be announced in the coming weeks, and you can learn more about each artist on the fest's Instagram page.

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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