Street Artists turn Camden into a massive outdoor gallery as the developers prepare to move in

Camden has long been growing in terms of it’s popularity for street art but the past few months have seen a real burst of activity.

Dotted around the Camden Lock area we’ve already reported on the ‘Street Art Sheds‘ initiative which has brought artists from all around the World together to paint the outside of the market sheds occupying the space between the canalside and the railway viaduct. We’ve also looked at some of the work that’s been happening around the Water Lane area in the arches of the viaduct itself and some of the broader activity around Camden in general.

Inkfetish 'Je Suis Charlie' tribute on the side of a house in Camden
Inkfetish ‘Je Suis Charlie’ tribute on the side of a house in Camden

Led by ‘The Real Art of Street Art‘ and well supported through organisations such as Urban Nerding and ‘Hidden Streets of London‘, this activity has gone some way to transforming the area into one of the most highly populated spots for street art in the city, exclipsing in many respects even the more established East End.

Walk around Camden now particularly the Water Lane, Leybourne Road, Hawley Road and Haven Street areas and the place is awash with art on houses and walls peeking out of doorways and hidden in industrial spaces. But be quick, it may not last long, the whole area is gearing up for redevelopment with the art acting as a last hurrah prior to the bulldozers moving in.

An old chair from one of the traders sheds.  Art from Hannah Adamaszek and Fanakapan can be seen behind
An old chair from one of the traders sheds. Art from Hannah Adamaszek and Fanakapan can be seen behind

In fact as Inspiring City visited the area it was apparent that the move was already beginning to happen. The sheds near to the canalside, once occupied by a variety of traders, were being emptied with the clutter left behind from the clearouts rising in little piles around the area. Eventually this place will be unrecognisable with the footprint of space once occupied by the sheds being redeveloped into a brand new canalside quarter.

But it’s the area just outside the canalside which has seen the real boom in activity, that bordered by Hawley Road and leading into the junction with Leybourne Road. Whole houses having had their frontages painted, houses which may well have had grand histories in their own right, now just biding time prior to the destruction that awaits.

Irony and Fanakapan collaboration on Leybourne Road
Irony and Fanakapan collaboration on Leybourne Road

It’s a sign of the times as London continues to develop. Developments in the East End are seeing vast swathes of the Shoreditch area eaten up by corporate giants in an ever increasing quest for office and retail space. Whilst in Camden it looks like the ambition is to transform a district which admittedly has suffered from a lack of investment for a bit too long. The canalside by the lock always had a bit of a hard edge and sometimes it wasn’t a particularly nice place to be it will be interesting to see what the next stage of this vibrant areas future will look like.

The street art of Camden was visited on 18 January 2015. The lanes around Water Lane, Hawley Road, Leybourne Road and Torbay Street are due for demolition and redevelopment later this year.

Camden Street Art Gallery

Water Lane

Alex Senna on Water Lane
Alex Senna on Water Lane
Dale Grimshaw on Water Lane
Dale Grimshaw on Water Lane
Mr Cenz on Water Lane
Mr Cenz on Water Lane
Captain Kris and The Real Dill on Water Lane
Captain Kris and The Real Dill on Water Lane
Camden Lane
Camden Lane
Three Amigos on Water Lane
Three Amigos on Water Lane
Alex Senna on Water Lane
Alex Senna on Water Lane
Saki and SPzero76 on Water Lane
Saki and SPzero76 on Water Lane
Fish on Water Lane
Fish by RSCLS on Water Lane

Hawley Road

Dan Kitchener on Hawley Road
Dan Kitchener on Hawley Road
0707 art on Hawley Road
0707 art on Hawley Road
Tony Boy on Hawley Road
Tony Boy on Hawley Road
Trust Icon on Hawley Road
Trust Icon on Hawley Road
Irony on Hawley Road
Irony on Hawley Road
Himbad on Hawley Road
Himbad on Hawley Road
Zadok on Hawley Road
Zadok on Hawley Road
Trust Icon on Hawley Road
Trust Icon on Hawley Road

Torbay Street

The Real Dill and Buckteef
The Real Dill and Buckteef
616 on Torbay Street
616 on Torbay Street
Mr Shiz on Torbay Street
Mr Shiz on Torbay Street
Mini Deco on Torbay Street
Mini Deco on Torbay Street
Airborne Mark and Irony Collaboration on Torbay Street
Airborne Mark and Irony Collaboration on Torbay Street
Jimmy C on Torbay Street
Jimmy C on Torbay Street
Himbad on Torbay Street
Himbad on Torbay Street
Deco on Torbay Street
Deco on Torbay Street
Fanakapan on Torbay Street
Fanakapan on Torbay Street

dan kitchener camden

Seeds One on Torbay Street
Seeds One on Torbay Street
The Real Dill on Torbay Street
The Real Dill on Torbay Street
Dan Kitchener on Torbay Street
Dan Kitchener on Torbay Street

Leybourne Road

Irony and Fanakapan collaboration
Irony and Fanakapan collaboration
My Dog Sighs
My Dog Sighs
Dede
Dede
Faces on the lane
Faces on the lane
616
616
Ali Hamish
Ali Hamish
Mr Cenz
Mr Cenz
Louis Masai
Louis Masai

Haven Street

Dan Kitchener on Haven Street
Dan Kitchener on Haven Street
My Dog Sighs on Haven Street
My Dog Sighs on Haven Street
Pang on Haven Street
Pang on Haven Street

9 Comments

  1. My thoughts turn to what will happen to the painted sheds. Far tooooo good to just skip!!! Maybe someone could suggest they are sold in aid of charity! Love one in my garden..

    1. As far as I know they are scheduled for demolition. When I visited for this post they were all being emptied I’m not sure if they are even still there. They would look cool in a garden though :p

  2. I was there on the 19th January and tried to blag my way in thru security to photograph all the sheds as they were all closed and the artwork would have made good snaps, but had no joy in getting in!! I might try to get there this week…

  3. I’ve been wanting to get up to Camden as I keep seeing more and more street art appearing there, and the east end’s been a little quiet recently. My visit’s going to have to wait a few weekends as it’s dark by the time I leave work during the week, and I’ve currently got a lot going on.

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