Camden street art scene gets a new lease of life as artists find new walls despite the redevelopment

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.

Mr Cenz art near to the Camden Lock bridge

Mr Cenz art near to the Camden Lock bridge

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

Hartland Road

Greek artist Simoni Fontana's is one of the areas most striking pieces

Greek artist Simoni Fontana’s is one of the areas most striking pieces

Fellow Greek artist Ser also painted on these hoardings.  Alas the picture isn't quite what it seems as the hoardings were taken down and then re-assembled by workmen in the wrong order

Fellow Greek artist Ser also painted on these hoardings. Alas the picture isn’t quite what it seems as the hoardings were taken down and then re-assembled by workmen in the wrong order

Ser and Simoni together on Hartland Road

Ser and Simoni together on Hartland Road

Just round the corner this work from Dale Grimshaw can be seen

Just round the corner this work from Dale Grimshaw can be seen

Art by Dan Kitchener covers a whole building on the other side of the road

Art by Dan Kitchener covers a whole building on the other side of the road

Italian artist Hunto has also gone big and his work covers the whole of this building

Italian artist Hunto has also gone big and his work covers the whole of this building

Hawley Mews

Gnasher's tribute to the muppets has been getting a lot of admirers

Gnasher’s tribute to the muppets has been getting a lot of admirers

China Girl's child playing with a rubbish heap full of money

China Girl’s child playing with a rubbish heap full of money

Airborne Mark has often painted in Camden and the latest piece in his 'Origami Riots' series can be found here

Airborne Mark has often painted in Camden and the latest piece in his ‘Origami Riots’ series can be found here

Graffiti writer 'Croc' has also got in on the act in the Mews

Graffiti writer ‘Croc’ has also got in on the act in the Mews

The talented Sr.X yet again makes a clever use of his surroundings

The talented Sr.X yet again makes a clever use of his surroundings

The prolific Zabou painted her 'disconnected' piece

The prolific Zabou painted her ‘disconnected’ piece

Mr Shiz and his dope smoking octopus

Mr Shiz and his dope smoking octopus

Collaboration between Zadok and Dotmasters

Collaboration between Zadok and Dotmasters

Close up of the characters.   Lettering on this was by Zadok and the characters by Dotmasters

Close up of the characters. Lettering on this was by Zadok and the characters by Dotmasters

Tiger by JXC

Tiger by JXC

Hawley Street

Rhino by Otto Schade

Rhino by Otto Schade

Amy Winehouse by Otto Schade

Amy Winehouse by Otto Schade

The full Otto Schade wall

The full Otto Schade wall

Stucley Place

The incredible My Dog Signs

The incredible My Dog Signs

Close up of My Dog Sighs latest piece in Camden

Close up of My Dog Sighs latest piece in Camden

Previously in the spot, Vanessa Longchamp had painted this dramatic piece

Previously in the spot, Vanessa Longchamp had painted this dramatic piece

Street Art Videos – Hunto by ‘Street Art Shorts’

StreetArtShorts – Episode 4 "Dancing In Colors" with Huntoland from Cem Sagisman on Vimeo.

Zabou’s ‘Disconnected’ by Lazy Eye Productions