The Shoreditch Art Wall has seen more than it’s fair share of artists pop by over the last few years with its prime location widely seen as one of the key spots for street art in the city.
Now, the team behind Femme Fierce have partnered with charity Plan UK and taken over the space using it to draw attention to the charities ‘Because I’m a Girl‘ campaign.
Part of a weekend full of activities the wall is the precursor to the following days festivities taking place on International Womens Day when, in the Leake Street Tunnel underneath Waterloo, up to 150 female street artists will be gathering to transform it into a huge mix of murals and colour all in the name of Plan UK.
The two events together draw attention in particular to the issue of forced marriage and it is this which the murals on the art wall hope to draw attention to. Plan UK themselves are embarking on a major campaign to ‘give child marriage the finger‘.
Artists taking part are a real mixture with varied styles, they include top French stencil artist Zabou, Argentinas ‘Next Big Thing’ winner Fio Silva, Norway’s blue hued portrait specialist Zina and the East End’s very own LisArt.
Fio Silva – Fio Silva Facebook Page
Currently embarking on a European tour, Fio Silva is the Argentine winner of the Spring Projects International talent search to find a street art star of the future. Since in the UK she has painted walls in Croydon, Turnpike Lane and Shoreditch prior to a spot at the Femme Fierce festival in Waterloo. We featured Fio when she first came over to the UK from Argentina and this can be found here.
Zabou – www.zabou.me
One of the top stencil artists operating in London today, Zabou has been rapidly making a name for herself on the local and international scene. We’ve featured Zabou lots of times on Inspiring City and it’s easy to see why, she has a style that is constantly evolving. For more information about Zabou check out an interview with her here and her TED talk here.
LisArt- LisArt Facebook Page
LisArt is a local stencil artist known for her dynamic portraits and colourful backgrounds. She painted recently in the Croydon Arts Quarter and chose to portray Rosa Parks the American rights activist on her mural.
Zina – www.zinaartist.com
Zina is the Norwegian Queen of Blue Hue with the colour as her signature. Well known for her blue-scale portraits of women and children. She has been getting a lot of attention this past year and has painted around the World as well as extensively in the UK.
The Shoreditch Art Wall was painted by Zabou, Fio Silva, LisArt and Zina on Saturday 7 March in aid of the Plan UK ‘Because I’m a Girl’ campaign. The Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover in Waterloo takes place the day after on Sunday 8 March 2015. Pictures in this post are courtesy of Rob Wilson Jnr from Fluid4Sight