Graffiti artists help brighten up part of city

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TOP graffiti artists from Portsmouth and around the country will be brightening up the city centre this weekend by painting bold, colourful designs on hoardings.

The artists, working with the help of Portsmouth City Council, include respected names from Brighton, Southampton and London.

They will work on hoardings around the former Zurich insurance offices on Stanhope Road, which has planning permission for conversion into a hotel.

Cllr Cheryl Buggy said: ‘We have been looking at simple and cheap ways of brightening up the city landscape and hoardings offer a great canvas for that. Our first effort at Hope Street last year has made people smile even when they’re stuck in traffic. Any organisation or company that has some hoardings or walls they would like to see transformed please let us know.’

Artist Carl Downer, of Southsea creative agency, We Are Pseudonym, added: ‘It’s encouraging for us to find that Portsmouth is able to attract some of the biggest names in UK graffiti to take part in this event.’