Meeting of Styles UK returns to Shoreditch in London for 2016

One of the biggest street art events of the year ‘Meeting of Styles’ has returned to Shoreditch for the third year running.  More specifically the Nomadic Community Gardens has hosted the event for the past two years.

As venues go, the gardens are pretty special.  An eco oasis in the middle of London’s East End.  Just round the corner from the busy vibrancy of Brick Lane it was until a few years ago a cordoned off strip of waste ground which was formerly a railway siding.

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Popular Birmingham based artist Annatomix showing off her balancing skills in the tunnel

Organised by the End of the Line crew and sponsored this year by Relentless the event took place over May bank holiday weekend and featured a number of artists we’ve featured on this blog before alongside a host of others coming especially for the event.

The set piece wall for the event is the giant side of a railway access tunnel, it’s one of the biggest walls in the area available for artists to paint on although it’s access is strictly restricted to this one event.  It’s previous iterations over the past two years have been impressive with multiple artists using cherry pickers to add their sections to what ultimately becomes an epic collaboration.  You can see results from 2014 here and 2015 here.

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Neonita van painting in the gardens


Meanwhile just behind the wall, the access tunnel itself has also been opened up as a painting spot. Normally off limits from street artists it did instead attract taggers and fly tippers resulting in a less than perfect atmosphere, if artists are allowed to freely paint in the tunnel beyond this event then there’s no doubt it will change the dynamics of the space. The likes of Annatomix and Airborne Mark in particular were two of the artists we know well who were breaking in the spot.

Finally around the corner on Pedley Street, Fanakapan and Louis Masai returned to an area of town they know very well although this time in a collaboration to raise awareness of dangers facing dolphins.  The duo’s joint effort pictures the dolphins as toys, Fanakapan creating toy balloon creatures and Masai creating toy patchwork ones.  The premise being that once they are gone, the only thing left will be the toy.   This piece though focused more on the way giant sea creatures are treated particularly those in captivity.

So anyway there was lots going on in what was a sunny bank holiday weekend.  The vibe in the gardens was great with music, food and plenty of drink.  Eventually this spot will go, it’ll be taken over by developments so enjoy it while it lasts, it’s a unique place and a fitting host for the London leg of the Meeting of Styles.

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The Nomadic Community Gardens with work from Balstroem and Candie
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Chilling out in the May sun
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The giant wall painted by various artists
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The dancefloor with the wall behind
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‘Perhaps Contraption’ performing an imprompu gig
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The gardens at night

Pedley Street Art

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Fanakapan painting as part of his collaboration with Louis Masai
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One of the stand out pieces from the event the collaboration between Fanakapan and Louis Masai is intended to draw attention to the plight of oversized sea creatures which are kept in cramped conditions for the enjoyment of the public.  They also suffer from over-fishing.
Sea creatures crammed in the tank


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Work from the Horror Crew with Louis and Fanakapan painting in the background
Eye from Voyder on Pedley Street
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Wum Zum
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The Nomadic Community Gardens

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Elfin at work
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Completed piece from Elfin swimming with Polar Bears
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Candy Lo
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Candy Lo
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Candie from the Girls on Top crew
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SPzero76 painting with Squirl
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SPzero76 and Squirl’s finished piece
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Spzero76 and Squirl also snuck in another one on a wall around the corner in Allen Gardens
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Balstroem painting a van
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Sick Mushroom from Belgium
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Van painting from Neonita
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Work from the guys at Hull Graffiti
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The British Lion by King Raptuz
Another of the stand out pieces from the day


The Tunnel

The tunnel next to the gardens was opened up for painting for the first time
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Annatomix painting a giant bird
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Completed piece from Annatomix
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Airborne Mark painting in the tunnel
The finished piece from Airborne Mark
Completed piece from Krishna
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Hanging rabbit from Thisone


The Meeting of Styles took place over the weekend of 28th and 29th May 2016 at the Nomadic Community Gardens in Shoreditch.



  1. Great coverage of the whole event Stuart. I’ve enjoyed individual pics on IG but exciting to see it all as a piece. And you captured the vibe well too.

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