It often seems that art in the UK schools is being marginalised . This to me seems to be short sighted. After a few of our recent trips, we have seen how street art has benefited the local community and economy. In Funchal, Madeira, local artists had painted the doorways in an old part of town and businesses had moved in to cater for the tourists. In Kamloops, Canada, alleyways had been painted to attract people to that district and in Valencia two run down parts of town had been transformed by the street art, Because of this people were now going on organised tours to see this work and providing employment for locals as well as customers for shops and restaurants..
In the city of Penang, Malaysia, which we visited earlier this year, had even been listed as a world heritage sight because of the artwork. This is one way that art can transform areas and if you think of the UK street artist, Banksy, these artists can become famous often selling their work for premium prices.
Having enjoyed the walk around Valencia, here are more of the artworks to see and enjoy. You may even recognise some of the artists from my last post.