Urban art (aka “street art,” or even “graffiti art”) has evolved from a rebellious method of inner city expression to a highly-respected art form.  Internationally famous street artists like Banksy and the Portuguese Vhils are now embraced by the fine arts community. Full festivals dedicated to urban art can be found across the globe, including Ponta Delgada and Covilhã. And now, the Conrad Algarve and Art Catto Gallery introduce urban art to the Algarve, 17-19 April, by way of a very special event, “Off the Wall.”

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“Off the Wall” takes place ON the walls, in and around the luxury resort.  For three days, from pool deck to parking garage, guests move around the hotel to observe artists creating their mural-size works.

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A work by Ivo “Smile” Santos

Artists participating include:

Bruno Jamaica   ■   Daniel Eime   ■   Ivo “Smile” Santos   ■   Gonçalo “Mar” Ribeiro   ■   Diogo “Add Fuel” Machado   ■   Frederico “Draw” Soares Campos   ■   João “Sapien”

In the first two days, a Mini Paceman, from Caetano Baviera Algarve, will be painted and remain on display at the hotel entrance. Students from art schools in Faro and Lisbon will exhibit works. And, guests can enter to win a raffle, in which the prize is a weekend at the Conrad Algarve, including a Mini Cooper driving experience. Following is the full program:

Thursday, 17th April

10.00am – The artists start to create their artwork. The MINI PACEMAN begins it’s makeover.
11.00am – Virtus Veru: “The Mob” will start exploring the hotel walls with their art.
12.00pm – Algarve University Art students, start their journey of creativity.

Friday, 18th April

10.00am – Lisbon Art University students start to create their artwork.
3.30pm to 4.00pm – Prof. José Quaresma of University of Lisbon Art College, will give a lecture on Street Art Dialogues.

Saturday, 19th April – Final Day & Party

7.00pm – “Off The Wall” tour of works, followed by music and specially created street food in the garage. Live music.


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A work by Federico “Draw” Soares

Entrance to the Saturday night €10.00 per person. The drawing for the raffle will take place at 21:00 at the indoor swimming pool. Children are welcome to graffiti their own wall. Paints will be provided.

For more information about the hotel, visit the Conrad Algarve website.

Conrad Algarve
Estrada da Quinta do Lago
8135-106 Almancil
Central Algarve

Phone: +351 289 350 700
Email:  conradalgarve.reservations@conradhotels.com

See more urban art in Portugal in our stories on Woolfest and Walk & Talk Azores.



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