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.

or

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

13 Comments

  1. Thanks for bringing us this IC, I will have to visit one morning before the lunch time crowds arrive, cool you got to see so many artists working. I Love that piece by The Krah.

Leave a Reply