New Boxpark ‘Pop Brixton’ opens in the town with street artists bringing the containers to life

Brixton sure is changing and the opening of the latest BoxPark to hit the city is just another symbol of that change. Built on reclaimed land and made up of shipping containers, the park itself is not permanent. It will also soon fall victim to a more permanent structure but it’s going to be a good few years until that happens and until such time it looks set to become the go to area of the town.

The containers themselves, at one time to be found travelling the high seas, now play host to a number of exotic eateries, bars and coffee shops. There’s also exhibition spaces and the intention is to eventually expand even more and build an event space.

Scaffolding up on the outside of the park with work from Giusi Tomasello, Azarro Amoy and Elno

Scaffolding up on the outside of the park with work from Giusi Tomasello, Azarro Amoy and Elno

Of course the changes happening in Brixton at the moment are bitter sweet. Pop Brixton sits next to the Brixton Arches, the residents of whom are faced with eviction as Network Rail seek to redevelop the area further. Some of the tenants currently making a living from the arches have been there for many years and, should the evictions go ahead, will need to re-evaluate what to do next.

Street art of course has played a big part in drawing attention to the plight of the tenants of the arches and they’ve now become an outdoor art gallery in themselves. Walk around when the shutters are down and you’ll see some of London’s finest street art talent on display. Pop Brixton has picked up on the arty vibe and the plan is to eventually paint as many of the shipping containers as possible. Brixton, it would seem, is loving the street art.

Mutiny placing the finishing touches onto her Atlantic Blue Fin tuna

Mutiny placing the finishing touches onto her Atlantic Blue Fin tuna

And that, of course is what interests us here on Inspiring City! The fact that the likes of Mutiny, Giusi Tomasello, Azarro Amoy and Frankie Strand have already painted in the park is appealing. Combine that with the promise of more outdoor art to come from the likes of Brazilian artist Deco and Spanish artist Elno and we thought we might be in for a bit of a treat.

So, to see what was going on, get a flavour of the action taking place and of course to see some of our favourite artists in action. Inspiring City travelled down to Brixton to get some pictures and a feel for what promises to become one of the coolest spots in town.

Pop Brixton opened on 29 May 2015 and was visiting by Inspiring City over the weekend of 13/14 June 2015. It is open from 9am to 11pm on most days of the week and can be found at 49 Brixton Station Road, a short walk from the tube line. You can find more posts about the street art of Brixton and the Save the Brixton Arches campaign by clicking the links.

Pop Brixton Gallery

Elno and Deco next to Deco's soon to be finished piece

Elno and Deco next to Deco’s soon to be finished piece

Deco's finished piece in Brixton

Deco’s finished piece in Brixton

Elno mid way through her mural

Elno mid way through her mural

Elno's painting boots getting some more action in Brixton

Elno’s painting boots getting some more action in Brixton

Sketch from Elno before it went onto the wall

Sketch from Elno before it went onto the wall

Finished Elno piece

Finished Elno piece

Giusi Tomasello working high up on the scaffold in Brixton

Giusi Tomasello working high up on the scaffold in Brixton

Giusi trying not to look down

Giusi trying not to look down

Finished Giusi Tomasello work

Finished Giusi Tomasello work

Azarro Amoy painting in Brixton

Azarro Amoy painting in Brixton

Azarra and friend finishing off her piece

Azarra and friend finishing off her piece

Finished Azarra Amoy work

Finished Azarra Amoy work

Frankie Strand painting lizards outdoors

Frankie Strand painting lizards outdoors

Crocodile by Frankie inside the boxpark

Crocodile by Frankie inside the boxpark

Frankie's lizards on the street

Frankie’s lizards on the street

Frankie taking a break

Frankie taking a break

Frankie Strand and Mutiny having finished their piece at Pop Brixton

Frankie Strand and Mutiny have been painting together quite a lot recently

Atlantic Blue Fin tuna by Mutiny

Atlantic Blue Fin tuna by Mutiny

Close up of Mutiny's African Wild Dog

Close up of Mutiny’s African Wild Dog

Mutiny's exotic pigeons inside the boxpark

Mutiny’s exotic pigeons inside the boxpark

Mutiny's finished work

Mutiny’s finished work featuring an Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna, Lears Macaw, African Wild Dog and an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher