For the second time this year our friends at London Calling took over an abandoned office block in the centre of Soho and opened up its walls to artists to do with what they will in an event called ‘Gimmie Shelter’.
We covered the first event back in January and saw some pretty good art. The office block in question is sometimes given over for exhibitions and the walls of the space are a pretty expansive canvas for spray painting type fun.
Still filled with the remnants of art from the earlier event, artists from around the city came to add more. A standout piece from JXC in particular, paying homage to the evil clown from IT, found itself getting a lot of attention.
The building will one day no doubt be redeveloped. An old sixties office block nestled away on Poland Street it’s closed most of the time and only opened up on occasions for the odd charitable art show or event like this but given it’s location the developers can’t be long moving in. We also recently covered a show from Artista which was held next door where all the artworks were made out of cardboard and where the building has become a temporary studio space.
Inside, the building has clearly seen better days. The walls are decaying, the lift shafts are exposed and the elements have steadily found their way inside to slowly rot the building from the inside. All in all, it’s the perfect location for urban art and artists wanting a blank canvas on which to paint their latest work.
So for this post, let’s just show some of the art. It’s been awhile since the show but some of this work is just too good to miss.
The London Calling ‘Gimmie Shelter’ paint jam was visited on Sunday 24 September 2017. The building the event is based in, is inaccessible to the public and only made available by permission of the owners.
Gimmie Shelter Paint Jam Gallery