THE country’s most talented urban artists descended on a former market for a mass street art festival.

The likes of RYCA, Pure Evil, Zeus and Copyright mingled with youngsters and adults alike at Brighton’s Circus Street market for the first event of its kind in the city.

As well as live painting and stencilling, the event saw urban music and dance performances and lots of local food and drink stalls.

The event, which was part of Brighton Fringe, was put on by city art galleries artrepublic and Ink_d.

Lawrence Alkin, who owns artrepublic, said: “Street art has become highly collectable in recent years with artists making headline news for their wonderful creations.

“Urban ArtFest represented a fantastic and rare opportunity to meet these highly skilled artists and see their wonderful work created up close.

“I am delighted that artrepublic and Ink_d, as leading galleries representing this art form, worked with Brighton Fringe to create a fun packed day for everyone.” Among the other artists who showed off their skills at the free event were David Walker, Carne Griffiths, Hutch, Cassette Lord, Jimi Crayon, Gemma Compton and Dylan Floyd.

As well as the workshops, there was also an opportunity to buy many of the artists’ works on the day.