Femme Fierce returned for it’s third annual outing in the Leake Street tunnel although 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.
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 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.
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.
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 2016 Gallery
And it wasn’t just the female artists taking part in the paint jam