Water Lane in Camden Gets a Street Art Makeover as Boxhead adds to Londons Latest Outdoor Gallery

These days one of the most exciting places to see street art is in Camden as the sheds and walls around Camden Lock Market continue to be painted at a rate of knots.

Curated by The Real Art of Street Art, I first visited the project last month when Zabou was painting one of the sheds. Since then loads more have been completed and the only frustration is that you can’t see them all as when the market is open as when the doors are open the art is hidden from view. Given that the painted sheds are workplaces in their own right it means that you’ve just got to visit before or after closing time. Time it right and the place becomes an outdoor street art gallery in it’s own right.

Boxhead in front of her mural on Water Lane
Boxhead in front of her mural on Water Lane

This time, Spanish artist Boxhead was painting. Not one of the sheds, but one of the old railway arches on Water Lane leading into the market. A number of the other arches have already been painted with the likes of Borondo, Artista, Vanessa Longchamp, Nemos, Saki & Bitches and SPzero76 all adding to the art of the arches.

Pop around the corner and there’s more. Taken on an impromptu tour of the area by The Real Art of Street Art the size and scale of the plans to transform the area became clear. There’s a lot of space to fill that’s for sure and more and more artists are becoming involved.

Boxheads mural incomplete when I visited but well on the way
Boxheads mural incomplete when I visited but well on the way

But for today, it’s Boxhead, originally from Zaragoza but living in London for a few years now she told me that this just might be the biggest wall she’s ever painted. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be finished in the time that I was there but a good start had been made to the mural which eventually would feature two of her unique Boxhead characters scrabbling over…erm…another box!

Needless to say she has one of the most individual and unique styles around and has been pretty active recently around the streets of London Town. The only thing for certain she says of her Boxhead characters is “they’re not hiding from anything”. All have their own unique little personalities that’s for sure.

But Box’s mural is only part of the story, the area has loads more art since when I last visited in March and the best way to appreciate it, is to see it. So here we are, the art of Water Lane and Camden Market.

Water Lane Street Art Gallery

Boxhead painting on Water Lane
Boxhead painting on Water Lane
Italian artist Nemos painted this guy performing an operation on himself
Italian artist Nemos painted this guy performing an operation on himself
Spanish artist Borondo creates pieces of work that look like they should be painted with oils on a canvas
Artist Borondo creates pieces of work that look like they should be painted with oils on a canvas
Himbad has some funny little characters here he's made some great use of the bricks
Himbad has some funny little characters here he’s made some great use of the bricks
Artista has painted some more of her flying toasts
Artista has painted some more of her flying toasts
Oh... and she painted a little A shaped character, sitting on a snail with a donut cushion
Oh… and she painted a little A shaped character, sitting on a snail with a donut cushion
Artista has the best cartoony characters
Artista has the best cartoony characters
Vanessa Longchamp art reflecting in the window
Vanessa Longchamp art reflecting in the window
Vanessa Longchamp paints sad looking women with long hair, here she's painted two and it looks great
Vanessa Longchamp paints sad looking women with long hair, here she’s painted two and it looks great
Saki & Bitches joined forces with SPzero76 to paint her section of Water Lane
Saki & Bitches joined forces with SPzero76 to paint her section of Water Lane
Another collaboration, this time with The Real Dill and Captain Kris
Another collaboration, this time with The Real Dill and Captain Kris
Around the other side of the railway arches and you can see this from Himbad and Pang
Around the other side of the railway arches and you can see this from Himbad and Pang
Idiom drew this robotic woman with LED eyes
Idiom drew this robotic woman with LED eyes
Brazilian artist Narcélio Grud created this mural of entwined bodies
Brazilian artist Narcélio Grud created this mural of entwined bodies

Street Art Sheds Gallery

Unfortunately I couldn’t see many of the sheds because they were open and trading for business but I could see a few and here we are.

Punk shed by Fanakapan
Punk shed by Fanakapan
Sheds by Seeds One and Idiom
Sheds by Seeds One and Idiom
Idioms Shed
Idioms Shed
Re5et shed
Re5et shed
Narcélio Grud Shed
Narcélio Grud Shed
Saki & Bitches shed from the side
Saki & Bitches shed from the side
Elno and Saki Sheds next to each other
Elno and Saki Sheds next to each other
Sheds by Zabou, Dirty30 and Kef
Sheds by Zabou, Dirty30 and Kef
A bright yellow shed from Kef
A bright yellow shed from Kef
Typically dynamic shed from Dale Grimshaw
Typically dynamic shed from Dale Grimshaw
Hunto Shed in his unique style
Hunto Shed in his unique style

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