Gibraltar is well known for its stellar history of artists and exciting works displayed across the city. Whether you are visiting the Caleta Hotel for its affordable and alluring luxury as well as its relaxing Gibraltar spa, or you’re here on business for a few days, the you’ll no doubt spend a little time in the beautiful territory’s town. Whilst there, you might notice murals, memorials and galleries, hinting at a hidden world of culture and creativity. With such a long history behind the territory, as well as a national pride unlike any, you’ll find a diverse range of influences on the art and street art of Gibraltar. Below are some of our favourite’s spots for a little colour, and the venues where you can find out a little bit more about the creative culture near the Caleta hotel Gibraltar.
Ben Eine was the instigator of street art in Gibraltar. Many of his works can be found on walls and buildings. The artist himself made his name in the London underground graffiti scene, his multicoloured letter prints creating a bold and eye catching statement. Gibraltar has become one of his subjects, and many of his works can be found in the city, especially at the Elliott Hotel, where you can find many other notable pieces of Gibraltarian art.
The Cavilla Gallery on Horse Barrack Lane holds its own art tour, giving you the chance to see some of the best creative works in the city, introduced by some of the cultural experts of the area. The Cavilla Gallery is also home to some great examples of international sculpture and painting. It also deals in antiquities, using Islamic, Himalayan and South East Asian art as its calling card for potential investors and buyers.
Street Art Mural Winners
As of June, of this year, the winners of the Gibraltar mural competition have been hard at work getting their pieces up and alive in the city. These murals are part of a new initiative by the Gibraltar Cultural Services, working with the Ministry for Education, Heritage, Environment, Energy and Climate Change who looked to local artists of all ages to decorate some of the towns favourite streets with murals. The successful applicants won due to their reflection of Gibraltar’s character in their work, bringing their own individual take on the area. These murals bring a new dimension to the city streets and will be on display as part of a new initiative to bring cultural and artistic development to the city.
A Boat Called Hope by Eleanor Taylor Dobbs
Eleanor Taylor Dobbs is a local artist who has collaborated with the children of the city, bringing themes of empathy, and justice to the forefront of her work. Using a sailing boat as the subject of the picture, Eleanor was inspired by the song Imagine by John Lennon as well as drawings by famous children’s illustrator Quentin Blake.
The Tunnel by Irish Town by Geraldine Martinez
The tunnel by Irish Town has been transformed into portal to a new paradise. Near the centre of the city, Geraldine Martinez’s make a wish is one of the most calming and colourful murals in Gibraltar, bringing with it themes of environmental conservation and the affect of pollution.
The Tunnel in Alameda Gardens by Paul Bush
The historic Alameda Gardens is well known to all residents of Gibraltar. That’s why for Paul Bush there is a certain sense of nostalgia which comes with it, a sense of childhood wonder which he has faithfully reflected in his tunnel wall mural, muddying the lines between reality and fantasy in a beautiful interpretation of the gardens as he saw them.