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​Artists​ ​dare​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​their​ ​dreams

a display of spray paintings on Queen Street

 ​Artists drop​ ​out​ ​of​ ​their​ ​jobs​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​their​ ​passion.

a display of spray paintings on Queen Street

Spray Paintings

Instead​ ​of​ ​finding​ ​themselves​ ​working​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​else,​ ​painters​ ​and​ ​musicians​ ​in​ ​Cardiff​ ​have​ ​found different​ ​means​ ​to​ ​earn​ ​a​ ​living.​ ​Artists​ ​on​ ​Queen​ ​Street​ ​have​ ​taken​ ​to​ ​dropping​ ​out​ ​of​ ​their​ ​jobs​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​their passion.​

​Lucas,​ ​a​ ​travelling​ ​artist,​ ​carries​ ​utensils​ ​in​ ​his​ ​trolley​ ​with​ ​him.​ ​One​ ​will​ ​often​ ​find​ ​him​ ​on​ ​Queen​ ​Street beating​ ​rhythms​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​utensils​ ​with​ ​his​ ​drumsticks.​ ​Passersby​ ​on​ ​the​ ​street​ ​give​ ​him​ ​money​ ​for​ ​his​ ​talent​ ​and​ ​he uses​ ​the​ ​same​ ​to​ ​travel.​ ​So​ ​far​ ​he​ ​has​ ​been​ ​to​ ​numerous​ ​places​ ​including​ ​Germany,​ ​France,​ ​Switzerland,​ ​Ireland,etc. He​ ​said​ ​travelling​ ​is​ ​his​ ​passion.​ ​Cliff​ ​Collings,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​a​ ​drummer​ ​with​ ​Reuben​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Rabbis​ ​and​ ​plays​ ​often​ ​on Queen​ ​Street,​ ​also​ ​gave​ ​up​ ​his​ ​job​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​his​ ​heart. He is now a busker and embraces the challenges as they come. Weather is often one of the chief concerns that dictate the timings of these artists.

Artist sits with utensils on which he drums to create music

Travelling artist creates beats through utensils

On​ ​the​ ​other​ ​hand,​ ​painters​ ​like​ ​Gavy​ ​take​ ​a​ ​more​ ​conscious​ ​stand​ ​when​ ​they​ ​refuse​ ​to​ ​work​ ​for organisations.​ ​He​ ​creates​ ​spray​ ​paintings​ ​using​ ​different​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​canvas​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​paints.​ ​On​ ​their​ ​facebook​ ​page, Gallery​ ​on​ ​Broadway,​ ​run​ ​by​ ​Gavy​ ​and​ ​his​ ​girlfriend, they​ ​call​ ​the​ ​painting​ ​​‘a​ ​form​ ​of​ ​meditation’.​ ​In​ ​refusing​ ​to work​ ​for​ ​other​ ​people,​ ​Gavy​ ​wishes​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​artists​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​space​ ​for​ ​themselves.​ ​When​ ​asked​ ​about​ ​his struggles,​ ​he​ ​said,​ ​”It​ ​is​ ​not​ ​easy,​ ​you​ ​know.​ ​But​ ​the​ ​system​ ​doesn’t​ ​help​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​that​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​change.”

While​ ​the​ ​system​ ​organises​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​artists​ ​sometimes​ ​with​ ​projects​ ​like​ ​the​ ​Cardiff​ ​Empty​ ​Walls Project​ ​in​ ​2014,​ ​at​ ​other​ ​times​ ​they​ ​are​ ​left​ ​to​ ​fend​ ​for​ ​themselves.

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