Inspiring Free Stuff to do in London during July 2014

July is proving to be an exciting month event wise and it looks like Inspiring City is going to be having a busy time getting out and about with the camera. What’s better, a lot of the stuff is entirely free, so for a summary of what’s going on in London have a look below and try to get along. Whitecross Street Party – Saturday 19 July and Sunday 20 July 2014 Live music, great food, street entertainers, a cool market and some amazing art will all be on show at one of London’s funkiest annual festivals.

Live painting will also be taking place with some of our favourite artists including Hannah Adamaszek and Andrea Tyrimos. Inspiring City will definitely be spending time here it’s one of our favourite free festivals of the year. Whilst you’re there make sure you also pop into the Curious Duke Gallery to see their great 60 Days of Summer show featuring some amazing art and look out for some of Roys People which will be dotted around the place.

Andrea Tyrimos painting on Whitecross Street in 2013

Andrea Tyrimos painting on Whitecross Street in 2013 there will be more live painting ths year

Sclater Street Stalls – Saturday 19 July 2014 10am – 6pm The launch of Sclater Street Stalls on (you guessed in Sclater Street) in London promises to be an exciting new market in the heart of one of London’s trendiest districts. Food, crafts and some great stalls from artists and local brands. Live painting will also be taking place with the likes of Rugman, The Girl with A Curl and Joyce Treasure all getting in on the action.

Rugman's work will be able to be bought on the day and maybe he'll even be there live painting himself

Rugman’s work will be able to be bought on the day and maybe he’ll even be there live painting himself

Huguenot Threads Festival – 9 July to Sunday 20 September The yearly celebration of Huguenot influence and culture in London and the East End has a load of free events taking place within it including talks, walks and open house visits. Check out the Huguenot Threads website to find out more and see what appeals

Poster for the Huguenot Threads festival

Poster for the Huguenot Threads festival

Flesh – Saturday 19 July 2014 5.30pm A live multi dimensional arts project in Trafalgar Square with artists Victor Ivanov and Lewis G Burton. FLESH is focused on a chicken skin body suit that Ivanov has sewn around Burton’s body from head to toe. The event has been supported by Art Map London.

Flesh will be a live event in Trafalgar Square from 5.30pm on Saturday 19 JUly

Flesh will be a live event in Trafalgar Square from 5.30pm on Saturday 19 JUly

Girl Effect Live – Sunday 20 July 2014 ON and around Brick Lane there will be a series of events including live painting from Amara Por Dios. The Village Underground wall has also recently been painting with mural from Lakwena Maciver. In the evening at the Village Underground there will be live music from Jessie J. The festival is all about using the power of girls to break the cycle of global poverty. Free events in the day take place at the Vibe Bar, the Dray Walk Gallery and the Loading Bay on Dray Walk, all just off Brick Lane. Check out the Girl Effect website to find out more.

The Power of Girl on the Village Underground by Lakwena Maciver

The Power of Girl on the Village Underground by Lakwena Maciver

Brick Lane Art Auction and Village Fete – Thursday 24th July and Sunday 27th July A combination of fundraising events for Ability Bow, a specialist gym catering for people with disabilities in the East End. The art auction lasts from 6pm to 10pm on the 24th at the Beach Babylon on Brick Lane and the Village Fete takes place at St. Matthews Church grounds on Sunday 27th from 12pm. Check out more information here.

Two events raising money for Ability Bow, the mobility gym

Two events raising money for Ability Bow, the mobility gym

Other great Art Shows to see during July

Forever Summer at Lik + Neon by Animaux Circus running now until 27th July It’s always great to see the fun, vibrant work from the circus and this show at Lik+Neon on Scalter Street promises to be a colourful treat.

Forever Summer by Animaux Circus

Forever Summer by Animaux Circus

John and George at the Howard Griffin Gallery now until 17th August The second solo show from John Dolan features his relationship with with dog George plunging the gallery head to toe in George portraits. The Howard Griffin just off Shoreditch High Street near the station always puts on a great installation so try and get along.

John the Artist and George the Dog in their regular spot on the Shoreditch High Street

John the Artist and George the Dog in their regular spot on the Shoreditch High Street

60 Days of Summer at the Curious Duke Gallery now until 30 August Some of the Curious Duke Galleries best artists are on display in this jam packed group show on Whitecross Street with some excellent work on show.

The 60 Days of Summer at the Curious Duke

The 60 Days of Summer at the Curious Duke