Camden is a pretty cool and vibrant place at the best of times. Already it plays host to some of the best nightlife, music, shopping and food around as the crowds scrabbling to get into the area from Camden Town station will testify.
But now Camden is beginning to get a different kind of reputation, that of being a great place to spot street art. Already Street Art in Camden can be seen around the market and along Chalk Farm Road, for the afficionado it’s a great place to go because the art stays for a while and doesn’t tend to get tagged as much, unlike in the East End areas around Shoreditch and Brick Lane where sometimes it really can be here today, gone tomorrow.
The problem is that street art in Camden can be tricky to find if you don’t know where to look, and despite it’s quality it is fairly spread out so it’s difficult for a casual visitor to the area to find all in one go. Spending time however can be worth it with the likes of Gnasher, Dan Kitchener, Dale Grimshaw, Alice Pasquini and Eduardo Kobra all having some pretty impressive murals in this part of town.
Camden has long needed a hub and now it seems the the area around Camden Market is to be it. Artists from around the city have been attracted to the area and the famous sheds of the market are slowly but surely beginning to get a makeover. The brainchild of The Real Art of Street Art, the project aims to promote local artistic talent as well as bringing international artists to the area. The sheds themselves eventually becoming the epicentre of an artistic gallery, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in city. Camden Town could well become the must see street art destination in London.
Of course the sheds in the market are open during most days so the art won’t be able to be seen except before and after the days trading so try and get there before 10am or after 6pm. The walls on the other hand are a different matter, they never close so no matter when you go, murals are there to be seen on Haven Street and Water Lane both of which lead into the market and which would make any journey worthwhile.
When I visited on a Sunday afternoon, the market was it’s usual bustling and busy self and locally based french artist Zabou was painting her latest mural onto one of the sheds that had chosen not to open for business that day. Her mural, a siren holding a spray can with a golden halo and bright background sits next to others from Dirty30, Kef, Amara Por Dios, Dale Grimshaw and Sr.X. At the time I visited some were closed (which meant the work could be seen) but most others were open. Judging by the number of people stopping to take photos though as they passed by, the general public didn’t seem to mind too much and certainly seemed to approve of the art that was on display.
So for this post I thought I’d share some of the art to be seen around the market as well as some of the progress shots from Zabou’s latest work, take a look for yourself 🙂
Camden Market Street Art Gallery