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