NDSM Urban Arts Square: United Painting

The Welcoming Carpet United Painting Kings Spray

United Painting created a large flat-lay piece for the 4th edition of Kings Spray, a festival curated by Street Art Today. The artwork became part of the collection of our graffiti and street art museum. 

In the midst of Kings Spray’s installations, the socially active collective United Painting realized a floor painting with the help of refugees.

The Welcoming Carpet United Painting Kings Spray

The collective at work. Photo by Marco Buddingh

I really enjoyed having our participants from the asylum centre here to celebrate creativity together with a lot of ‘big names’ of the art scene. What we did at Kings Spray is what we call ‘The Welcoming Carpet’. Through the workshops that we gave and the experience that we had with different communities, we develop certain patterns from different cultural backgrounds of people. As a result, we share multiple cultures together in the same art piece. The Welcoming Carpet gives attention to the refugees situation. It allows people to connect and integrate together in an art form

Sidney Waerts, United Painting

The Welcoming Carpet United Painting Kings Spray

Sidney Waerts at work. Photo by Paolo Giannotti

With the goal of creating painting projects to change the social environment of difficult communities, United Paintings is part of a bigger community art project called Favela Painting. Favela Painting started in 2007 when the founders –Dré and Jeroen- painted a large artwork in Rio de Janeiro with members of the local community.

The Welcoming Carpet United Painting Kings Spray

A collaborative carpet. Photo by Marco Buddingh

After many organic art interventions abroad, Favela Painting was invited to work on the surrounding wall of a former prison in Amsterdam. The Bijlmerbajes prison was set to host more than 1000 refugees.

The project marked the beginning of United Paintings. Together with Bijlmerbajes’ residents, the artists transformed a huge grey building and its iconic six concrete towers into a work of art. Most noteworthy, this artwork was designed and realized by the people living there.

The Welcoming Carpet United Painting Kings Spray

Picking the right stencil. Photo by Marco Buddingh

A similarly multicultural group joined Kings Spray 2019. They realized a beautiful carpet of intricate geometrical patterns, which shows off a bold orange color. Orange, in fact, is the traditional color of the Dutch King.

The Welcoming Carpet United Painting Kings Spray

Sindey Waerts takes a final group pic. Photo by Paolo Giannotti

The carpet is part of the collection of Street Art Today graffiti and street art museum.

Header photo by Paolo Giannotti


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Street Art Today is a platform for promoting street art and a full-service Urban Contemporary and Street Art agency. We enjoy working with globally recognized artists on award-winning art projects. We’re also the organizers of the annual Kings Spray Street Art Festival. Currently we're working on creating the world's largest street art museum in a former shipyard warehouse at NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam.