Skip to content
Jobs | Contact | Tip line: 705-673-0123

Here are the walls getting an Up Here mural makeover this year

Mural painting starts next week

Up Here 5 is just two weeks away, and muralists start painting next week.

Festival organizers already announced that RISK will paint the defunct former hospital on Paris Street.

Now they've revealed the three other walls that will be painted as part of Up Here's fifth edition, which runs Aug. 16-18.

TRAV MSK, Old City Hall, 83 Cedar St.

TRAV MSK is a graffiti and street-art artist from Visalia, California. His visits to Los Angeles as a child and the graffiti culture of the city shaped his artistic aesthetic. Currently, his work reflects the shift in our society from the industrial to the digital era which can be observed in his pieces that mirror the whimsical signage of the 1950s and 1960s. Trav collages photographs of vintage signs and handcrafted typography, then arranges them in various compositions that interact with geometric patterns.   
Laura Peturson, 159 Louis St., facing Notre Dame

Laura Peturson’s practice is primarily rooted in printmaking with an emphasis on relief, screenprint, and papercut processes. Her work is narrative in nature, and draws upon archetypes from children’s literature. Her work captures an experience of childhood as it relates to place: Place as geography, place within a family structure, and the interiority that forms one’s sense of identity. Laura is based in Callander, Ontario and teaches printmaking, painting and drawing at Nipissing University. This mural is made possible thanks to the support of TD.  
Matti Lehtelä, TD Parking Lot, Massachusetts Lane

Matti Lehtelä is a graphic designer, illustrator, and dreamer based in Sudbury. Finding inspiration and beauty in the world around him — from 1990s pop culture, to Touko Laaksonen, to the vast cosmos we call home — Lehtelä pulls from these sources to create lush, technicolour, alternate realities. This mural is made possible thanks to the support of CBC Sudbury.  

Learn more about the festival at