The Camden street art scene, so vibrant for the past few years has had to find a new centre of gravity following the massive redevelopment of the area around what was formerly the Camden Lock Market.
Once known for it’s street art sheds, the area of land on either side of the railway arches running along Water Lane is no longer accessible as the bulldozers have moved in and started to clear the space. It was something that had long been on the cards and so in the intervening few years the area had become a playground for street artists as they came from all around the World to add their mark to the burgeoning popularity of Camden as a destination.
Now, a new centre has been found and the project led by local organisation ‘The Real Art of Street Art‘ shows no sign of abating despite the wholescale demolition of walls which had once been full of art. Now the new place to be is the area around Hartland Road and Hawley Mews, just a short walk down the Chalk Farm Road from the area of the canal and the railways arches. There works from Otto Schade, Dan Kitchener, Hunto and Simoni Fontana can be seen amongst a host of other artists who have been adding their mark to the area over the past few months.
It’s a good sign of the reputation Camden has built up over the past few years which shows no sign of abating as more and more wall owners are willing to allow street artists to come and showcase their work. The area even boasts its own series of street art tours. Once the almost exclusive domain of the area around Shoreditch and Brick Lane, now mural making organisation ‘Global Street Art‘ has got in on the act and started to offer the only tour of any note around the street art of the area.
It means that the thriving Camden scene has been given a whole new lease of life and with the promise of more to come, it’s the art lovers who will truly benefit.
The new walls of Camden were visited on Monday 6 April 2015, all walls have been organised by ‘The Real Art of Street Art‘. Inspiring City has covered the evolving art of Camden extensively in the past and other articles can be found below:
A Whistle Stop Street Art Tour around Camden Town
The Street Art Sheds of Camden, one of North London’s Funkiest Art Projects
Water Lane in Camden gets a street art makeover as Boxhead adds to Londons latest outdoor gallery
Street Artists turn Camden into a massive outdoor gallery as the developers prepare to move in
Photos from the last days of Camden Lock Market as the development gets underway
New Walls of Camden Street Art Gallery
Street Art Videos – Hunto by ‘Street Art Shorts’
Zabou’s ‘Disconnected’ by Lazy Eye Productions