A street art “cultural exchange” will give selected public spaces in Dundee a European twist.
Italian artist El Rughi, based in Barcelona, will fly to the city after winning Wallspot’s European street art competition Travel the Wall.
The competition had artists in Barcelona, Dundee, Aberdeen and Parma compete on their respective “freewalls” for the chance to win a trip to one of the other three cities.
C.Gul (Craig Crawford) won the Dundee competition, held in Mary Ann Lane, and will travel to Barcelona at the same time as El Rughi visits the City of Discovery.
Russell Pepper, a PhD student who set up OpenClose, which has led to neglected spaces being transformed by artwork, said the “unique” style of El Rughi, real name Riccardo Micoli, would brighten up Dundee’s streets.
He said: “This is a great chance for artists to soak up the culture and street art in their host cities. We can’t wait to see Riccardo’s unique style on the streets here. Likewise Craig has a fantastic chance to meet and connect with amazing artists in Barcelona.”
El Rughi, who arrives on Friday, will be painting a large piece on Mary Ann Lane – the city’s designated freewall.
On the Sunday he will paint a shutter at the Keiller Centre car park before flying back that night.