The Wall Therapy festival took place between July 18th and July 28th 2013 in Rochester, New York. 32 artists representing 11 different countries were present at the festival, including our very own Faith47, DALeast and Freddy Sam.


The Nuart international-in-scope street public art festival takes place every year. This year it’s happening in Stavanger, Norway. This year’s line up features our own local artists Dal East and Faith47.

From Nuart:

It gives us great pleasure to announce this years Nuart Festival line up, our most international list of artists yet. 16 artists from 11 countries spanning 4 continents are set to descend on Stavanger, a small town on the West Coast of Norway. Most of the names you will have probably already heard of. From the legendary MARTHA COOPER (US), invited as an artist in her own right and good friend AIKO (JP), enjoying a hugely successful post Faile career, to previous Nuart guests such as DAVID CHOE (US), ROA (BE), VHILS (PT) and M-CITY (PL). First time visitors to the festival include some of the worlds hottest names, artists who over the past couple of years have made a huge impact on the development of street art and who have successfully transitioned from street to gallery and contemporary art museums. South Africa’s FAITH47 and partner in crime DAL EAST (CN) will be joined by Lithuanian born, Malaysian based ERNEST ZACHAREVIC, who’s groundbreaking interactive mural work last year on the streets of Penang took the internet by storm. The UK’s HUSH continues the Asian link, though in form rather than geography, whilst Parisian based stencil artist c215, already represented on the streets of Oslo, makes a long overdue visit to the west coast. Our very own DOTMASTER (UK), known as much for his production and sometimes curation of Nuart, also makes a welcome return as an artist in his own right. 2013 also sees Nuart delving further into Norway’s scene and history with emerging international stencil artists MARTIN WHATSON, Berlin based STRØK (who graces our posters and profile this year) and DOT DOT DOT, all names we’re sure you’ll be hearing more of over the coming months and years, if not already.



Faith 47 Wall Therapy 2013 Photo by Jason WilderFaith 47’s Progress. Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Wall Therapy 2013 has kicked off, and our very own Faith47, Freddy Sam and DALeast are owning it there. Here are some updates from DALeast and Freddy Sam. Hopefully there will be some updates from Faith47 soon as well.

Freddy Sam’s Progress:

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of blog.vandalog.com

DALeast’s Progress:

DALeast Wall Therapy 2013 Photo courtesy of www.theflopbox.com

DALeast Wall Therapy 2013 Photo courtesy of www.theflopbox.com

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”