Unit 5 a new gallery space from Alternative London opens in the East End

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East London’s latest gallery space has opened just off the Hackney Road between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch. Run by the team behind Alternative London, best known for their street art tours and graffiti… Continue reading

The street art of Clare Street in Bethnal Green

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It’s a little street easily missed just off the Hackney Road but over the past year it’s had more than it’s fair share of street art painted on it. Clare Street is an… Continue reading

Louis Masai prepares for a mural tour of the USA to raise awareness of endangered species

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Popular London based artist Louis Masai has become well known over the past few years for his campaigning murals raising awareness of the plight of endangered species from around the World. Now, he’s… Continue reading

Cute cats take over the adverts in Clapham Common tube station

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Pictures of cute cats have replaced the adverts in a fluffy take over of Clapham Common tube station. The result of a Kickstarter campaign, Cats not Ads have certainly made their mark and… Continue reading

Giant murals from Axel Void, Pref and Gary Stranger add to the street art of Hackney Road in London

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On the corner of Hackney and Colombia road, a new mural can be seen.  A collaboration between two street calligraphers well know on the streets of London, Gary Stranger and Pref.  It says… Continue reading

The street art of North Street in Bristol

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One of the best places to find street art in the country is Bristol and one of the best places to see stuff in that city is in the south on a road… Continue reading

Giant wooden replica of old London burns on the Thames to commemorate Great Fire of London

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We are packed together on the banks of the Thames on the embankment near Blackfriars standing opposite the Oxo Tower on the other side of the river.  The reason?  A giant floating wooden… Continue reading

Buildings which survived the Great Fire of London and where to find them

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The great fire of London devastated the old medieval city.  Starting in Pudding Lane at the king’s bakers it spread quickly defeating all attempts to stamp it out.  A combination of unfavourable winds… Continue reading

Just who is the real Banksy? We look at the best contenders in the search for the World’s most elusive street artist

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We love a good Banksy conspiracy theory here on Inspiring City and to be fair there is nothing better to get tongues wagging it the World outside the immediate street art sphere than… Continue reading

Sr.X’s Pork Loin Roast serves up a tasty treat in the BSMT Space gallery in Dalston

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Spanish artist Sr. X has been a regular on the streets of London for the past few years.  His art, a mixture of 50’s pop culture imagery often with a fair bit of… Continue reading

Where to find street art in Bristol

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When thinking about the best places to see street art, Bristol is the sort of place that comes high on the list. For many, it is the undisputed capital of street art and… Continue reading

New talent abounds at the Curious Duke Gallery in the latest of our Spotlight series

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by guest blogger, the Curious Duke Gallery’s Sinead Loftus There is a corner of London that introduces art lovers to new artists from the UK and abroad, and that corner is East London’s… Continue reading

Sculpture in the City 2016 lands in London and brings public art to the centre of the city

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Sculpture in the city, the free annual art event which places sculpture in spots around the city of London has once again returned. With a variety of art on display, there are 19… Continue reading

Lucy Sparrow aims to bring her special brand of felt magic to create a fabric convenience store in New York

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There simply is no stopping Lucy Sparrow.  From launching her highly successful ‘Cornershop‘ project in London’s Bethnal Green in 2014 she has taken the art world by storm with a series of immersive… Continue reading

Photos from the Whitecross Street party 2016 as the street artists and musicians take over

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It’s one of the best and friendliest festivals of the year and one that we keep coming back to here on Inspiring City, not least because it’s also held on one of the… Continue reading

A quick street art tour of Camden in London

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Camden is certainly one of the best spots to see street art in the City of London.  It’s a place that we return back to again and again especially as, over the past… Continue reading

Thousands march in London to demonstrate against Brexit and to support the European Union

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An estimated fifty thousand people marched through London from Hyde Park to Westminster in order to show their support for the EU and their disdain at what they saw as the lies told by… Continue reading

Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park Soanes Centre gets a street art makeover

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Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, the green eco oasis in the middle of the sprawling urban environment of Mile End has been having a bit of a makeover of late courtesy of some of… Continue reading

Cities of Hope brings some of the World’s top street artists to Manchester

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Some of the World’s biggest names in street art descended on Manchester’s urban Northern Quarter over the month of May to take part in Cities of Hope, a street festival aimed at raising… Continue reading

Street art in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and where to find it

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Manchester’s Northern Quarter has received a makeover as street artists from around the World descended on the city to take part in the Cities of Hope festival. The area was already a good… Continue reading

Spotlight on Sarah Fosse an artist with a unique view of London

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Sarah Fosse is an artist whose work we’ve enjoyed for a while here on Inspiring City.  It’s her unique views of London, the city in which we live which caught our imagination.  Using… Continue reading

Meeting of Styles UK returns to Shoreditch in London for 2016

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One of the biggest street art events of the year ‘Meeting of Styles’ has returned to Shoreditch for the third year running.  More specifically the Nomadic Community Gardens has hosted the event for… Continue reading

Sara Le Roy showcases her 3D Tales in the Truman Brewery

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We don’t often feature pop up shows here on Inspiring City but wandering around the former courtyard of the Truman Brewery the other week we came across an interesting one. 3D Tales by… Continue reading

The Seven Stars on Brick Lane the former murky East End pub which is now a street art hotspot

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It often gets featured and it often gets visited, in fact no self respecting street art connoisseur misses it when visiting the area and that’s because the Seven Stars car park at the… Continue reading

Street Art duo Clandestinos paint shipping containers on the Haggerston Riviera

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Shipping containers on the Regents Canal in Haggerston have received a makeover courtesy of art duo Clandestinos.  The riviera as it is known to the locals is just a short walk from Haggerston… Continue reading

Dan Rawlings burns and cuts his way through to his first solo show at the Curious Duke Gallery

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Fresh off the back of his maze of art and live performances at the Goods Shed in Stroud, artist Dan Rawlings is heading to London to cut his mark on all things scrap… Continue reading

Femme Fierce returns for 2016 with another all female jam in the Leake Street Tunnel

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Femme Fierce returned for it’s third annual outing in the Leake Street tunnel although on a lesser scale from previous events and not this time taking place on International Women’s Day. Instead the… Continue reading

Shakespeare’s Lost Playhouse: The Curtain Theatre

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Last month saw the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In those 400 years, no other writer has made such an indelible mark on British culture and world literature. Shakespeare is believed to have… Continue reading

Cheo creates ‘Mr Graff’ the newest member of the Mr Men family

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As part of their 45th anniversary celebrations the team behind the Mr Men and Little Miss characters have teamed up with Upfest, Europe’s largest live street and urban art festival,  to introduce the latest member… Continue reading

Spotlight on Portuguese street artist KAS painting puzzles around Europe

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Portuguese but now living in Brussels, KAS started writing graffiti back in 1999 on the streets of Porto before taking a break only to relaunch himself back in 2014. “I paint on the… Continue reading

Yvonne Wayling and Kim Tong combine to create some compulsive beauty in Greenwich

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We are back at the Ben Oakley for what is the first show this year for the shabby chic gallery under the covers of the new completely remodelled Greenwich Market. There, Ben Oakley… Continue reading

Nomadic Community Gardens just might be one of the coolest spots to hang out in London right now

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From a barren patch of waste ground to a bustling hive of share and share alike community goodness, the Nomadic Community Gardens has evolved dramatically over the past year and it’s quite remarkable… Continue reading

Spotlight on Elno the Spanish street artist making her mark on London

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It’s a couple of years since we first met Elno, the Spanish artist who first appeared on the London scene during the 2014 Femme Fierce festival. There, with her pink hair blending into… Continue reading

Andrew Millar breathes life into the polaroid with a unique show in London

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Following the closure of the Polaroid company in 2008, Polaroid artists were thrown into despair over their future; never has a modern art form been cut off so abruptly. That was until the… Continue reading

Street artists combine to paint murals of endangered animals in Tower Hamlets

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The hugely anticipated ‘Endangered ‘event saw some of the countries best environmental artists descend upon the railway arches of Mile End and leave the residents of this part of the Tower Hamlets with some… Continue reading

Much anticipated Fanakapan solo show launches at BSMT Space in Dalston

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There’s not many shows where you actually guarantee the level of interest will be so high that the guest list books out and anyone who is anyone will want to get along to… Continue reading

Spotlight on Dan Kitchener as he brings his light, neon and Geishas to Brick Lane

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We first met Dan Kitchener in 2012. He was one of the first artists we came across at the very start of this blog when he was painting a giant wall on the… Continue reading

Paint Your London turns Walthamstow into a street art hot spot

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Walthamstow has been having a lot going on street art wise for the past few years now but this month’s ‘Paint Your London‘ festival is really starting to tip the balance in terms… Continue reading

Culture map of Shoreditch gives visitors some hot tips on where to go and what to see

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A culture map of Shoreditch has been created by the developers of the ‘The Stage’, the development taking place around the around of Curtain Road and Hewett Street on the edge of the… Continue reading

Environmental artists prepare to draw attention to endangered species by painting railway arches in Tower Hamlets

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Environmental artists are preparing to create a series of murals in Tower Hamlets as part of an awareness raising project to highlight the plight of endangered animals around the world. Organised as a… Continue reading

Street art in Europe, the best artists and where to find them

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We cover a lot of London street art here on Inspiring City,  it’s where we live and the street art we see is pretty cool.  A lot of it though from people from all… Continue reading

Kate Knight paints fragile things in a show which draws attention to threatened species

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We’ve all spent a few Sundays tucked up under a duvet watching David Attenborough documentaries, after all he is the nation’s favourite Granddad, however we don’t all channel our fascination with animals into ground… Continue reading

Andrea Tyrimos paints telephone box on Southampton Row to create public art statement on air pollution

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A month in the making and a disused telephone box on Southampton Row in Holborn has received a street art makeover courtesy of fine artist Andrea Tyrimos. Part of a project with Public… Continue reading

Street art and graffiti in Hackney Wick is this the new Shoreditch

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Hackney Wick has developed over the past few years, once an industrial hub it is now the trendy bohemian neighbour of the Olympic village, just over the River Lea you can see the… Continue reading

Portraits of the artists of Femme Fierce taken in the Leake Street tunnel

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Portraits of the Femme Fierce artists taken during the 2015 festival have been released by photographer Lewis Phillips.  Lewis, a good friend of this blog, has spent a lot of time documenting the art… Continue reading

Birthday celebrations lead to a graffiti jam at Mile End skate park

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Mile End skate park isn’t a place we get to very often.  There’s a leisure centre, a running track a leisure centre and a whole bunch of five a side courts alongside the park… Continue reading

Neoh exhibits at the Moorfields Eye Hospital with Vandal Therapy

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Street artist Neoh who by day works as an art therapist with the Outsider Gallery has chosen a corridor of one of London’s best known hospitals to exhibit his first solo show. ‘Vandal… Continue reading

Street art comes to Tooting as artists create a gallery near Tooting Broadway market

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Tooting Broadway market has found itself at the centre of a mini street art takeover with artists flocking to area in order to decorate the little access road to the side of the… Continue reading

Art duo Static Press Play on their show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery

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An 80’s video game themed art show from Walthamstow based duo Static has been capturing the imagination at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho. Called ‘Press Play’ it’s a homage to the iconic… Continue reading

Facadism the laziest and most unsatisfying form of preservation is causing irreparable damage to Spitalfields and to London

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Possibly the laziest and most unsatisfying form of ‘preservation’ is the current fad of preserving the facade of an old building, only to completely gut the interior and replace it with an entirely… Continue reading