Waterford City & County Council and The Walls Project.

The city of Waterford is in the process of urban regeneration. The city entered into a period of economic decline after the collapse of a few major industries, particularly since the crisis of 2008. The city was left with one of the highest youth unemployment and emigration rates in the country, turning many parts of its centre into ‘ghost’ areas with empty buildings and a lack of cohesion among its remaining inhabitants.

Resulting from a desire to regain momentum, the city undertook activities to improve the life quality of those living and working in the city. Through initiating cultural activities that have a strong focus on co-creation and cultural participation, Waterford has seen an upsurge of involvement of their citizens in street arts. Waterford City & County Council's (WCCC) development of the ‘Three Sisters 2020’ European Capital of Culture (ECoC) bid and the city’s Cultural Quarter Strategy support cultural collaboration with street arts and festivals. Closely linked to the strategy is the Waterford Walls Festival (WW), managed by The Walls Project, that is strategically supported by WCCC.
The Walls Project is a creative agency who manage the delivery of large scale public and private artworks across Ireland and Europe. Within Ireland, the project has painted large scale mural artworks in Cork City, Dublin City, Co. Wexford, Co. Laois, Kilkenny City as well as Waterford City and County. The annual Waterford Walls Festival, running since 2015, is Ireland's largest International Street Art Festival and seeks to use Mural Art to connect communities and stimulate the development of run-down areas. With WW, The Walls Project has facilitated the transformation of derelict buildings in the city with Mural Artworks, installing over 100 large scale public artworks, which have regenerated and transformed Waterford City Centre.