Whitecross Street Party 2013 – The Rise of the Non-Conformists

The Whitecross Street Party was certinaly the place to be this weekend! A fun, lively couple of days when Whitecross Street, a little road just north of the Barbican Centre, shuts down, turns around and gets funky.

Street artists, entertainers, stall owners and street food vendors all play their part in the eclectic mix of the event with live music provided by a big stage. Kids taking part in street dance classes, hula hoop workshops and environmental workshops all add to the family atmosphere of the event.

Masterminded by Terry Baden, himself a street artist, the title ‘Rise of the Non-Conformists’ is a tribute to the characters from yesteryear who would have lived in the area. From the website Baden explains “Artists and mavericks used to hang out in this area of marshland- in gambling dens, whorehouses and drinking hovels away from the law. This is what spawned the idea for what is now the Whitecross Street Party and ‘Rise of the Non Conformists’. I would imagine these characters rising up from the earth to dazzle us with their creative offerings.”

It’s a great event with some great people and funnily enough I took some pictures.

The Rise of the Non-Conformists poster

The Rise of the Non-Conformists poster

Jimmy C in action painting on Whitecross Street

Jimmy C in action painting on Whitecross Street

Lots of street artists were in action

The Krah begins his work

Airborne Mark stops to talk to a fellow artist

Airborne Mark stops to talk to a fellow artist

Andrea Tyrimos painted this 'Hole in the Wall' just round the corner from the Curious Duke Gallery

Andrea Tyrimos painted this ‘Hole in the Wall’ just round the corner from the Curious Duke Gallery

Andrea Tyrimos in action

Andrea Tyrimos in action, she looks lonely here but in reality the public were loving her art with lots of people stopping to talk

Andrea also has some pieces showing in the Curious Duke Gallery

Andrea also has some pieces showing in the Curious Duke Gallery

Louis Masai painted these beautiful parakeets

Louis Masai painted these beautiful parakeets

Sliks contributed this to one of the shop shutters on Whitecross Street

Sliks contributed this to one of the shop shutters on Whitecross Street

Hannah Adamaszek also had a painting on the street

Hannah Adamaszek also had a painting on the street

Hannah is also exhibiting at the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street, it's well worth a look

Hannah is also exhibiting at the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street, it’s well worth a look

As part of the show on the day Hannah collaborated with Kristen Gaudio Endsley to produce this great work

As part of the show on the day Hannah collaborated with Kristen Gaudio Endsley to produce this beautiful piece

In the Curious Duke Gallery itself Kef was doing some live drawing

In the Curious Duke Gallery itself Kef was doing some live drawing

Kef also had some artwork showing on the street

Kef also had some artwork showing on the street

Lots going on with this giant inflatable tentactle dominating the skyline

Lots going on with this giant inflatable tentactle dominating the skyline

Art and fashion combined with more than a few photo shoots also happening

Art and fashion combined with more than a few photo shoots also happening

Dale Grimshaw added this incredible piece to the show

Dale Grimshaw added this incredible piece to the show

And of course Teddy Baden himself drew this.

And of course Teddy Baden himself drew this.

I first visited on the Saturday morning and went back on Sunday evening. By then a lot of the ‘street art in action’ had been completed with some great works on show with the artists able to interact with an appreciative public.

The Krah has a very unique style

The Krah has a very unique style

Zadok was going right until the end.

Zadok was going right until the end.

Idiom were there at the end too

Idiom were there at the end too

Miss Wah drew this fun loving piece

Miss Wah drew this fun loving piece

Airborne Mark has a unique style and a fun series of characters

Airborne Mark has a unique style and a fun series of characters

My Dog Sighs painted this superb Catwoman

My Dog Sighs painted this superb Catwoman

Jimmy C's final portrait incredible as always

Jimmy C’s final portrait incredible as always

For more information about the Whitecross Street party try the official website here.

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for more information about the art exhibited at the Curious Duke Gallery try here.