Femme Fierce 2015 packs the Leake Street Tunnel as Female street artists paint it brilliant blue

Street art has just become the next Rock and Roll! Or, so you might think. The hoards of cameras clicking away certainly gave a hint to the sort of interest this event was having, such is the effect of this second installment of the all female takeover in the infamous Banksy tunnel.

The much anticipated Femme Fierce returned to the thoroughfare known as Leake Street underneath Waterloo station for the second year running and transformed it into a sea of murals with artists ranging from young beginners to some of the Worlds very best taking part.

A legal graffiti spot, the tunnel was made famous in 2008 when Banksy hosted the first of his infamous CANS festivals. It was this that led to its designation as a free space for artists to paint and which set the scene as the go to place for the Femme Fierce festivities.

The Banksy Tunnel was turned blue
The Banksy Tunnel was turned blue

Hosted for the past two years on International Womens Day, the charity partner this year was Plan Uk. Their ‘Because I’m a Girl‘ campaign has been raising awareness of the issue of child marriage with a number of the Femme Fierce artists having taken part in the painting of a mural on the Shoreditch Art Wall the previous day in recognition of the campaign.

Also part of the festivities were a series of seminars on issues ranging from Marketing for street artists, the history of Leake Street Tunnel from LDN Graffiti and even one from ourselves here on Inspiring City about the way that social media has changed street art.

lilly lous tribute to Malala with Artistas spray can
lilly lous tribute to Malala with Artistas spray can

All that is for a different day though, the real action took place on the Sunday when upwards of 9000 people visited the tunnel to see the live art and to soak up the atmosphere. Students from DV8 training also took part in terms of providing entertainment as well as recording the events whilst a host of other videographers, bloggers and photographers made sure to add to the assembled body of work online.

For the artists it was an excellent opportunity to showcase their work on such as accessible stage and for the public a chance to enjoy the creation of free live art in a festival atmosphere with some of the best talents around. Needless to say there was a lot going on and frankly just too much for us to record all the artists here in this little post. We did give it a good go though so check out the gallery below to get a feel for what was an amazing day and an amazing event.

Femme Fierce 2015 Gallery

Lots of Action

The crowds in the tunnel were packed all day
The crowds in the tunnel were packed all day
Both inside and out
Both inside and out
Work in the tunnel featuring the likes of Zina and Roo
Work in the tunnel featuring the likes of Zina and Roo
Stephanie Thieu was one of the artists hosting workshops the day before the main event
Stephanie Thieu was one of the artists hosting workshops the day before the main event
Photographer Lewis Phillips set up in a portable studio to take portraits of the artists during the day
Photographer Lewis Phillips set up in a portable studio to take portraits of the artists during the day
The pimp of Femme Fierce guarded the tunnel
The pimp of Femme Fierce guarding the tunnel

Some Powerful Messages

Next Mr. R and Papa GiBs over from France to paint this powerful message.  The boys donned wigs and make up for the day to support the cause
Mr. R and Papa GiBs came over from France to paint this powerful message. The boys donned wigs and make up for the day to support the cause
Final Girls 'I believe you' piece
Final Girls ‘I believe you’ piece
Charlie Girls 3 women swapping masks
Charlie Girls 3 women swapping masks
Next to Hazard, Weardoe and Wonnersh painted what looked to be a graffiti piece.   That is until you look at the detail and realise that it contained a history of womens rights
Next to Hazard, Weardoe and Wonnersh painted what looked to be a graffiti piece. That is until you look at the detail and realise that it contained a history of womens rights
Some of the detail contained within Weardoe and Wonnershs impressive piece
Some of the detail contained within Weardoe and Wonnershs impressive piece
Anthea Missy's mural was one of the most powerful of the day.
Anthea Missy’s mural was one of the most powerful of the day showing a girl locked inside a ring.
Maga's tribute to Malala Yousafzai
Maga’s tribute to Malala Yousafzai
Georgies 'Believe in Me' piece.  Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Georgies ‘Believe in Me’ piece. Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Vanessa Longchamp also had a powerful message to give with her mural about the horrors of child marriage
Vanessa Longchamp also had a powerful message to give with her mural about the horrors of child marriage
S.O.S painted this piece to raise awareness of the horrors of FGM.
S.O.S painted this piece to raise awareness of the horrors of FGM.
The S.O.S piece was very impactful
The S.O.S piece was very impactful
Mutiny chose to use the event as a means of drawing attention to the plight of birds at threat from extinction
Mutiny chose to use the event as a means of drawing attention to the plight of birds at threat from extinction
Whilst this artist chose to draw attention to the plight of the tiger by creating a mural made up of mini paw prints representing each tiger still active in the wild
Whilst this artist chose to draw attention to the plight of the tiger by creating a mural made up of mini paw prints representing each tiger still active in the wild

And showcasing the very best of street art talent from the UK and the World

Cherie Strong normally best known for her delicate drawings did the same thing but massive and on a wall
Cherie Strong normally best known for her delicate drawings did the same thing but massive and on a wall
Miss Hazard went big with one of her familiar portraits
Miss Hazard went big with one of her familiar portraits
Neonita went bright as ever
Neonita went bright as ever
Pixie looking like she's about to get up to no good decided to paint a meditating sloth
Pixie looking like she’s about to get up to no good decided to paint a meditating sloth
Denise Mangaram aka LadyLashDee picked the same spot as last year and went bigger
Denise Mangaram aka LadyLashDee picked the same spot as last year and went bigger
Suzko went for the same cute cat as last year
Suzko went for the same cute cat as last year
Painting next to her Stedhead from the Isle of Man
Painting next to her Stedhead from the Isle of Man
Emily Evans did a large scale paste up
Emily Evans did a large scale paste up
Emily Evans piece in the tunnel
Emily Evans piece in the tunnel
Wolfmutha has a penchant for owls and that's exactly what she painted
Wolfmutha has a penchant for owls and that’s exactly what she painted
Wolfmutha in action in the tunnel
Wolfmutha in action in the tunnel
Cbloxx and Aylo produced another stunning mural
Cbloxx and Aylo produced another stunning mural
Cbloxx and Aylo next to their mural.  Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Cbloxx and Aylo next to their mural. Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Something beautiful is about to happen by Sarah Lynn Mayhew
Something beautiful is about to happen by SLM art
Haunting piece by JDK
Haunting piece by JDK
Pang mixing up her styles
Pang mixing up her styles
Sarah Doyles BooB piece made a reappearance
Sarah Doyles BooB piece made a reappearance
Float's colourful hanging baubles
Float’s colourful hanging baubles
Joyce Treasure and Annatomix
Joyce Treasure and Annatomix
Sri back with her distinctive golden style
Sri back with her distinctive golden style
1stop went for the flying hearts
1stop went for the flying hearts
Zabou decided to make a show of the whole event, probably the most popular artist with the public as she was constantly surrounded by photographers
London based French artist Zabou decided to make a show of the whole event, hugely popular with the public as she dressed for the occasion and was constantly surrounded by photographers
The Finished Zabou piece 'Girls Reload mark 2'
The Finished Zabou piece ‘Girls Reload mark 2’
Stephanie Thieu gave a workshop the day before and then painted with her mother over from France.  Her mural was a portrait of her mum
French artist Stephanie Thieu gave a workshop the day before and then painted with her mother who had come over from France. Her mural was a portrait of her mum and was a total suprise as she created the portrait without telling her anything about it.
The glamourous Anthea Missy with her unique footwear
From France but living in Belgium, Anthea Missy is a popular artist with her unique footwear
Rytual from Austria painted this striking portrait
Rytual from Austria painted this striking portrait
Fio Silva, Squarehead and Mondi
Fio Silva, Squarehead and Mondi
Fio Silva, the Argentinian street artist had won an international talent competition to paint at Femme Fierce.  This Rhino was the fourth mural she had painted in four days
Fio Silva, the Argentinian street artist had won an international talent competition to paint at Femme Fierce. This Rhino was the fourth mural she had painted in four days
Mish Chang also in the same spot and going for the mermaid look
Orginally from Singapore but now based in London, Mish Chang went to the the same spot as last year and went for her mermaid ‘fish out of water’ theme.
Swedens popular Amara Por Dios
Swedens popular Amara Por Dios
Simoni Fontana all the way from Greece.  Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Simoni Fontana all the way from Greece. Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Simoni and Cleo43 having a chat.  Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Simoni and Cleo43 having a chat. Photo by Rob Wilson Jnr
Cleo43 in the middle of creating her colourful abstract piece
Greek artist Cleo43 in the middle of creating her colourful abstract piece
Marianna Cute painted these little champions of Leake Street
Greek artist Marianna Cute painted these little champions of Leake Street
Elno portrait by Rob Wilson Jnr
Spanish artist Elno portrait by Rob Wilson Jnr
Adriana Doi's colourful piece
Romania’s Adriana Doi’s colourful piece
Guisi Tomasella painted the goddess Athena
Italy’s Guisi Tomasella painted the goddess Athena
final Girl by her mural
Final Girl came over from Canada to paint at the event
Noways Zina, always popular with the press
Norways Zina, always popular with the press
Zinas finished piece
Zinas finished piece
Artists from the next generation on this wall included Dutch talent JoJo
Artists from the next generation on this wall included Dutch talent JoJo

And the winner of the most spectacular piece of the day as chosen by the judges

Hannah Adamaszek won the judges prize for most impressive piece
Hannah Adamaszek won the judges prize for most spectacular piece
The Leake Street Tunnel
The Leake Street Tunnel

The Best of the Internet

Needless to say that with so many artists it’s been practically impossible to document everything here but luckily the festival also brought some of the best in the blogging World. So to see more check out…

Dutch Girl in London – Femme Fierce Reloaded
London Calling – Femme Fierce Reloaded Review
London Street Art Design – London Rocks Leake Street and Focuses on Zabou and Thieu
The Diary of a Journalist – The Girls Show the World how its done
Jona Quest Art – Female Street Art Festival (including video of performer Holly Flo Lightly)
Demotix – Uk’s largest all female graffiti and street art festival

21 Comments

  1. Really was a great day out for all!!!…Not even a namless brown patched elbow jumper bod could distract this from being an amazzzzzzzzzzing event!.. My awards.. Best paste up JDK, Best stencil Zabou, Best free hand Rytual,…. So many ladies really painted so well, so they are all winnnnnnners in my eyes… Roll on the next year!

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