Femme Fierce 2016 takes over the Leake Street Tunnel

Femme Fierce returned for it’s 2016 and it’s third annual outing in the Leake Street tunnel. This year though it was on a lesser scale from previous events and not this time taking place on International Women’s Day.

Instead the 2016 version was more of a decent sized paint jam with a variety of artists, male as well as female painting at spots in the tunnel.  Gone was the background colour scheme and extras of recent years but that didn’t seem to matter to the artists who took part or the visitors who came to watch.

French artist Tattu at Femme Fierce 2016
Tattu by her wall

Artists from around the World

Still artists from all over the World and the UK turned up to paint with people coming from as far afield as France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Dubai and Finland.  A variety of backgrounds were included too with what might be described as more traditional street art being combined with graffiti writing.

In fact, although it wouldn’t have been immediately obvious, there were two events running simultaneously, with the Femme Fierce 2016 artists competing for space alongside as a smaller collective of artists who had banded under the banner of ‘The Artists’, the latter being a mixed gender crew.  The pictures from all the works are included in the gallery below.

Kamilla Lucarelli
Work in progress from Kamilla Lucarelli

Femme Fierce 2016

For us here at Inspiring City it was still a great day with some great art.  Although if Femme Fierce is going to happen again to the extent that it has done in previous years, then it really will need to go back to it’s original date of March to coincide with International Women’s Day.  There the combination of female street artists with the publicity that the day brings, really manages to generate the interest of the press and the public alike.

This time there were a few standouts in terms of artists for me, Tattu from France and Kamilla Lucarelli from Italy created some impressive pieces and it was the first time I’d managed to see both of these artists in action.  From the more traditional graffiti side, another artist I’d not come across before, Rubie from Leeds, impressed with her lettering.

Rubie Femme Fierce
Rubie a graffiti writer from Leeds

There’s no doubt that Femme Fierce is a great event with a strong brand and even with a low key setup it still has the potential to capture the imagination of the public.  Fingers crossed next year it will be back to business as usual because when it works, Femme Fierce is one of the biggest and best street art events out there.

Femme Fierce took place on Saturday 7 May 2016 in the Leake Street Tunnel in Waterloo. It is the third consecutive event that the event has been held.  To see art from Femme Fierce 2014 and Femme Fierce 2015 click on the links.

femme fierce Dala
Finished piece from Dala
Femme Fierce
Dala from Sheffield
Rubie femme fierce
Finished piece from Rubie
rubie femme fierce
Rubie finishing off her piece
kaliedoscope eyes femme fierce
Kaleidoscope Eyes hanging out at the end of the tunnel
Kaleidoscope eyes femme fierce
Completed piece from Kaliedoscope Eyes
Amelia Unity Femme Fierce
Unity finishing off her wall
Piece from Amelia Unity and Pyklops femme fierce
Tattu femme fierce
Tattu finishing the detail on her wall
Tattu Femme Fierce
Tattu in action
Mondi Femme Fierce
Mondi next to her piece
Jane Mutiny Femme Fierce
Jane Mutiny
Jane Mutiny Femme Fierce
Jane Mutiny in action
femme fierce
Piece from Giulia Menny Cosco
Femme Fierce
Eroica from Spain
Dina Saadi Femme Fierce
Dina Saadi work in progress
Dina Haadi Femme Fierce
Dina Saadi
Dina Saadi femme fierce
Work in progress from Dina Saadi
Georgie Femme Fierce
Georgie by her finished wall
Georgie Painter Femme Fierce
Georgie Painter in action
femme fierce
Nora Helsinki working on her piece
Femme Fierce
The outside of the tunnel with work from Nora Helsinki in the foreground
hazard femme fierce
Miss Hazard finished piece
Hazard femme fierce
Miss Hazard piece with the tunnel
Femme Fierce Peachez
Peachez next to her Flamingo
Femme Fierce
Peachez work in progress
Aliss Curtsi
Aliss Curtis
Aliss Curtis Femme Fierce
Aliss finishing off her piece
Femme Fierce Supernoba noba
Finished piece from Noba
Finished work from Thingie
Thingie Femme Fierce
Thingie in action
ODK Femme Fierce
Sometimes there is no darker place than our own thoughts – ODK
JDK Femme Fierce
JDK painting in the same location as last year
Bea Toa Femme Fierce
Completed piece from Bea Toa
femme fierce Bea Toa
Work from Bea Toa next to a tag wall
Kamilla Lucarelli
Work in progress from Kamilla Lucarelli
kamilla Lucarelli femme fierce
Kamilla Lucarelli in silhouette
Andromeda femme fierce
Piece from Brighton based Andromeda
Evay femme fierce
Work form Evay
Thundercunt femme fierce
Completed piece from Thunderc_unt
Giusi Tomasello Femme Fierce
Work in progress from Giusi Tomasello
Giusi Tomasello Femme Fierce
Giusi’s finished work in the tunnel
Sophy nails femme fierce
Sophy Nails in action
Sophy Nails Femme Fierce
Sophy Nails respect
Mimmit Peinttaa femme fierce
Piece advertising Mimmit Peinttaa by Rosa Kivinen the all female street art event happening on 20th August 2016 in Finland
femme fierce
Models pose before the unfinished work from Rosa Kivinen
Femme Fierce
Not sure who this artist is any ideas please let me know
Cat and mouse from Avalele
Thingie and Artbyfane Femme Fierce
Work from Thingie and Fane next to each other
Femme Fierce
Piece from KitKat Taylor
femme fierce
Femme Fierce

And it wasn’t just the female artists taking part in the paint jam

airborne mark
An origami gun from Airborne Mark
Airborne Mark
Airborne Mark painted an Origami gun in the tunnel
Femme Fierce
Model poses by the entrance to the tunnel
Perspicere femme fierce
Work from Perspicere with one of the pieces created in the alternative event
femme fierce
A model poses by an unfinished wall
Graffeeney femme fierce
Grafeeney with a wall he painted in the Leake Street Tunnel during Femme Fierce
Olivier Robieu
Model next to work from Olivier Robieu
Olivier Roubieu Femme Fierce
Models pose by work from Oliver Robieu whilst the artist watches on
Femme Fierce
Street arts sucks – it must be true it’s written down
The Tunnel


  1. I enjoyed my visit this year just like the past two years, but there was maybe not the quality as in previous years…. Always a pleasure meeting both street art lovers and the street artist. I think your summing up on the event was spot on Stuart… One thing you missed was the rabbit tile on the outside of the tunnel at the Lower Marsh Street entrance by Chinagirl Tile. I only spotted it on my way out to go home. She also painted a mauve pony at the other end! Pleasure talking to your fellow blogger Tanya at the event… I fear catab that you see very little by the time you visit… There was tagging over during the same day almost before the paint was dry!!! Very big thanks to all the artist taking part on a lovely warm day..

    1. I didn’t realise Chinagirl Tile had been there thanks for the tip Mitch I’ll try to spot that and the pony too. Did she do it in tile?

      1. No…The tile was a rabbit and the painting of the pony was next to Dala

    1. Always tricky with the tunnel to get there without them being completely painted over. Chances are there will still be some good work which replaces it though

  2. No one should encourage another Femme Fierce paint jam until the problems from 2015 are resolved, by giving people what they are owed

  3. Hi Stuart

    The artist painting the eyes and hand design next to Kamilla Lucarelli is called Giulia Menny Cosco… I gave her my black book to sign and I think she thought I just wanted her name rather than a tag or drawing (as she printed her name and nothing else).

    I went back to Leake Street the following day and most of the pieces had been painted over – more were left at the open end and a few such as Tattu and the graff pieces.

    All the best, Paul


  4. Nice coverage Stuart and some great shots. I’m still sifting through my shots. Was the female graff part of Femme Fierce or the mixed jam? There were some beautiful pieces that I’ve captured which I assumed were part of FF but maybe were part of 2nd jam.

    1. Most were painting as part of Femme Fierce but there were a few painting with the artists jam. To be honest it all got quite mixed up so pretty difficult to tell

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