Femme Fierce 2015 and 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 for 2015 to the thoroughfare known as Leake Street underneath Waterloo station. This was the second year running and transformed it into a sea of murals. Artists ranging from young beginners to some of the Worlds very best took 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.
International Women’s Day
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.
Femme Fierce 2015
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
And showcasing the very best of street art talent from the UK and the World
And the winner of the most spectacular piece of the day as chosen by the judges