Battle Cancer graffiti event in Leake Street draws a crowd and raises money for Cancer Research

The latest paint jam in the Leake Street tunnel saw it taken over as a whole bunch of graffiti artists gathered to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research.

It isn’t the first time the tunnel has been used in this way, the F**K you Cancer event in 2013 was one such occasion when the graffiti and street art communities came together to do what they do best. A year later they came together once again to pay tribute to popular artist Ben Naz who sadly lost his battle with the disease after fighting a long battle.

The tunnel always looks so different with many artists visiting each day.

The tunnel always looks so different with many artists visiting each day.

This time, the event organised via Facebook, was a human response to the discovery that a loved one had breast cancer. Speaking on the event page organiser Charlie Pugh said “I want to do something, I’m not sure what? Painting is some thing I do and something I love. It gives me a voice, it’s loud everyone can see it and it says listen to me.”

His wife Alice had been diagnosed only three days before and the Battle Cancer event was a means of raising money. Something that it’s still possible to do via the Just Giving page.

Oliver Roubieu and his tribute to Alice and Charlie

Oliver Roubieu and his tribute to Alice and Charlie

So for this post nothing else needs to be really said other than to enjoy the art. Nothing lasts for long in Leake Street but the point of holding a jam here is just to get people together and provide a safe and legal place for the public to come and see the artists in action. What better means of doing so than to create a whole bunch of huge murals in order to help battle cancer.

The Battle Cancer paint jam took place on Sunday 5 July 2015 and at the time of writing has raised over £1500 for Cancer Research. The Just Giving page can be found here and the original facebook event page can be found here.

Battle Cancer Paint Jam Gallery

The sign at the entrance to the tunnel

The sign at the entrance to the tunnel

The always hugely popular Roo painted a sausage dog

The always hugely popular Roo painted a sausage dog

Sky High with his almost finished piece

Sky High with his almost finished piece

The hugely talented Oliver Roubieu's work probably one of the highlights

The hugely talented Oliver Roubieu’s work probably one of the highlights

The very talented JXC has been making his mark recently.  This Hit Girl was a real treat to see

The very talented JXC has been making his mark recently. This Hit Girl was a real treat to see

Girl blowing bubbles of hope by Gnasher

Girl blowing bubbles of hope by Gnasher

The completed 'Real Dill' piece brilliant as ever

The completed ‘Real Dill’ collaboration with Dakoh

The Real Dill photographs his work

The Real Dill photographs his work

This looks like it's been tagged 'Susan Arthur' but I'm not sure if this is the name of the artist or not

This looks like it’s been tagged ‘Susan Arthur’ but I’m not sure if this is the name of the artist or not

Susan Arthur tag a bit closer up

Susan Arthur tag a bit closer up

Work from PAD, a popular artist known for his marvel characters which he often paints in the tunnel

Work from PAD, a popular artist known for his marvel characters which he often paints in the tunnel

A lot of the artists who created work on the day I wasn’t too familiar with so if anyone knows who they are drop me a line and I’ll tag them in.

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