The London Mural Festival is an event taking place in London throughout September 2020. Locations across the city will have new pieces of street art created. Artists from across the UK and the World will be taking part. This post and map reveals exactly where you can find each new mural. We’ll also keep adding to it over the festival.
Map of London Mural Festival Locations
Shoreditch and Brick Lane
By far the most comdensed number of new street art pieces are being created in in the area around Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Brick Lane. No suprise really. In our list of the best places to see street art in London, the areas around Brick Lane and Shoreditch are ranked number one and two. This is the heart of the scene in the city and this is where new work often appears.
Brick Lane & Spitalfields
Marija Tiurina – 78 Wentworth Street
London based illustrator Marija Tiurina’s mural sits at the corner of Gunthorpe and Wentworth Street. In the bottom right corner is a list of what she got up to during lockdown. The resultant characters are all playing out her individual lockdown experience
Woskerski – 59 Wentworth Street
Woskerski is a popular feature on the streets of London. His murals too just keep getting ever more random. For the London Mural Festival he has painted an octopus breaking in half an ice lolly. The piece can be found on the corner of Wentworth Street and Toynbee Street.
Luke Smile – 149 Brick Lane
A two part street art piece from Luke Smile covering some of the streets shutters. The full mural says ‘Happy Go Lucky’ using Smile’s distinctive typeface.
Nerone – 25 Holywell Row
We’ve covered Nerone’s work plenty of times this year. His pastel patterned flowers blend together to form an attractive style which has proved very popular. Painting at the London Mural Festival his spot on Holywell Lane is actually a shutter to a local business.
MadC – Chance Street
For years MadC’s abstract colourful mural on Chance Street has survived. A popular place for photo shoots it gained a reputation amongst photographers and filmmakers wanting colourful edgy backdrops. Bit by bit it was dogged with tagging but in many ways it only served to enhance the work and the location. MadC has returned though and for the festival repainted the wall along with the support of local artist Rosie Woods.
Rosie Woods – Chance Street
Working with German artist MadC to support her on her epic and colourful wall, Rosie Woods created a piece in her own style just opposite.
Camille Walala – Rich Mix, Redchurch Street
Rich Mix has received a giant paint over from Camille Walala. The artist is becoming more and more known for her epic makeovers and in terms of square footage this one is massive. Easily it’s one of the biggest murals from the festival.
David Shillinglaw – Zetland House, Clifton Street
A giant wall on the side of Zetland House in Shoreditch has been painted by David Shillinglaw. Known for his use of bright colour and imaginative patterning, it is an abstract delight soaring against the side of the building. The artist is well familiar with the area and there was a time when his work was more prevalent prior to moving to Kent.
Spreading further out from the conclaves of Shoreditch and Brick Lane. The London Mural Festival has made a point of spreading out even further. Places such as Hackney Wick and Walthamstow are popular locations in their own right. Big pieces from the likes of Dale Grimshaw and Faunagraphic have been added to some already impressive collections. Spots in places such as Stratford, Leytonstone and Clapton meanwhile are being added to the map. None of them are without previous history in terms of street art but none have really been known as must see places to go on the street art scene.
Camille Walala – Adams Place Bridge
Not really a mural in the purest sense but more of an installation from Camilla Walala in Canary Wharf. Her piece covers the walkway from the new crossrail complex over into the wharf. Her colours and shapes are intended to create a distorting effect as visitors walk through.
Giacomo Bufarini aka RUN – 180 Chatsworth Road
A hugely popular artist it is only right that Giacomo Bufarini paints in Clapton. This is where he lives and over the years he’s painted many of it’s walls. In the mural, his happy figures seem to be enjoying a summer party.
Jimmy C, Otto Schade & Dave Bonzai – 100 Mare Street
Three empty shop fronts have been filled with murals from locally based artists Jimmy C, Otto Schade and Dave Bonzai. All presenting their individual styles, the result is a mini gallery under the shade of a previous mural from Shepherd Fairey.
Dale Grimshaw – White Post Lane
Dale Grimshaw is known for his large scale fine art portraits. His work draws attention to the plight of the Melanesian people in West Papua who are fighting for independence from Indonesia.
Busk One – Hackney Bridge
A little further away across the canal can be found Busk One’s contribution. Painted onto the corrugated iron side of the new Hackney Bridge centre. It’s a mixture of styles blending graff with a more realistic painting style.
Gary Stranger – 2 Claude Road
Another mural hidden away on the back of a gable end. From Gary Stranger it says ‘Keep Your Mind Busy’. His unique lettering style is one which he’s cultivated for years.
Adriana Jaros – 95 Essex Road corner of Griggs Road
Illustrator and designer Adriana Jaros wall in a suburban Leyton street is a tricky one to photograph and do it justice. Jaros is an example of how artists from differing backgrounds are now exploring street art. Her mural is abstract filled with shapes and patterns and filled with rich browns and yellows.
Lucy McLaughlin – Filly Brook, 392 Grove Green Road
A typically swirling abstract piece from Lucy McLaughlin looks over the Filly Brook bar in Leytonstone. Painted on a particularly tricky pebble dash surface. Her work seeks inspiration from the local environment. Taking on the feel of an area it flows naturally and intuitively into her art. The finished piece is a result of that.
Philth & Captain Kris – Aberfeldy Street
Down in the midst of Poplar two gable end walls form painted ends to the colourful Aberfeldy Street. A community hub its certainly one of the brightest streets in London. Philth’s wall is a delicate floral scene whilst Captain Kris has written a piece which says ‘Against All Odds’. Both works at either end are fitting additions to a street which has already embraced street art.
1UP Crew – 98 Gibbons Road
A mural best seen from the platform of the DLR to Canary Wharf. Germany’s 1UP crew are a legendary graffiti crew. Still maintaining their anonymity they have nonetheless been expanding into festivals recently. Their piece for the London Mural Festival is a simple effort complete with nods to other artists.
Ed Hicks – 5 Westfield Avenue
Ed Hicks large scale wrapping of a series of office containers can be seen near to the Westfield Shopping Centre by the Stratford International station. His mural needs to be looked at from a certain position for it all to join up though that’s probably not essential. It shows a natural landscape in Ed’s identifiable style.
Adele Renault – 40 Water Lane
Belgian artist Adele Renault’s work is hidden within the streets of Stratford. It’s a delicate mural of what appear to be feathers. The work she says is dedicated to two local schoolchildren, Uche and Chichi, who stopped by everyday to see her work.
Mur One – 37 Cruickshank Road
Some pure abstraction from MurOne, a Spanish artist painting for the festival. His wall is deep in the suburban streets of Stratford. Full of bright pop art inspired colours and shapes it’s quite something to see.
Ben Eine & Rachel Joy – 187 Lea Bridge Road
A collaboration between two master letter writers. Ben Eine needs no introduction, he’s been painting the streets of London with his alphabets for years. For Rachel Joy meanwhile it was her first time with a spray can. Quite an apprenticeship therefore to be teamed up with one of London’s most recognisable artists. The mural called ‘Stronger Together’ took the word stronger from Eine’s typeface and ‘together’ from Joy’s.
Faunagraphic – 1 Essex Close
From Sheffield via Bulgaria Faunagraphic’s colourful piece can be found a short walk from Blackhorse Road tube. Showing a kestrel sitting on a magnolia tree, it was chosen by local residents. Her work is known for featuring the natural world. Being so close to Hackney Marshes it’s an appropriate mural for the area.
Nerone – 76 St Mary Road
French artist Nerone is well known for his colourful murals. Blending faces with the natural world, they are impactful wherever they are placed. We’ve featured his work a few times this year already. His mural on Chance Street was worth seeing and his work on a luxury cruiseliner was spectacular.
Mr Penfold – 85 Byron Road
Once known for his characters, Mr Penfold has evolved into one of the finest abstract artists around. His work in Walthamstow is a fine example of that.
Hunto – 9 Higham Hill Road
Hunto’s work is always extraordinary to see. His art reminiscent of a street art Picasso. The mural on Higham Hill Road is full of abstract faces and by some way the brightest mural we’ve seen so far.
South of the river has been up and coming in terms of street art for a number of years now. Areas such as Penge, Dulwich, Bromley and Croydon have all been establishing their own scenes. It’s meant that the area has really opened up to street art with festivals and events becoming ever more regular. The London Mural Festival has tapped into this. A giant Mr Cenz mural in South Norwood overlooks the Crystal Palace Ground and incorporates their eagle symbol. In Peckham, Japanese trio Suiko, Imaone and Fate have combined on an anamorphic spectacular.
Mr Cenz – 233 Holmesdale road
A Crystal Palace fan, Mr Cenz was the perfect choice to paint a mural which literally overlooks the ground. Painted in his recognisable style it features a strong portrait of a woman combined with the eagle motto of Crystal Palace football club.
Suiko, Imaone & Fate – 101 Bournemouth Road
From Japan, Suiko, Imaone and Fate came over especially for the London Mural Festival. Their wall a the back of the Bussey Building in Peckham is an anamorphic piece. It means that you need to look at it from a certain spot for all the shapes to match up. Featuring two figures either side of a cosmic event, abstract items are either being sucked into a black hole or spewed out of it.
There is certainly a tradition of muralism in central London though over recent years it’s been hard to find willing locations. Areas such as Camden and Soho are probably best known for street art. Camden especially has a strong scene and is number five on our best places to see street art in London list. One of the biggest name artists taking part this year is D*Face. Known for his pop art style he also operates the Stolen Space Gallery. His work is always popular and can be found at the House of Zippo, a short walk from Mornington Crescent.
D*Face – Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road
One of the set piece murals for the event it’s been a while since D*Face has painted on this scale in London. His mural covers the side of the Theatro Technis an art space in the suburbs of Camden.
Various Artists – Blashford Estate, Adelaide Road
The towering Blashford Estate was a location for one of the mini paint jams as part of the festival. At the base of the tower, walkways and a childrens play area have been painted. New work added to a few existing pieces. The result being a far more colourful environment than it’s previous grey walling.
City of London
DRT & Carl Cashman – The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street
The imposing Leadenhall Building is better known by some as the Cheesegrater. It sits at the heart of the cities financial district. It’s actually closer to the East End than the central London but despite it’s proximity it’s a world away. For the London Mural Festival, artists DRT and Carl Cashman (painted by Slam & Busk) have taken some giant air vents and splashed some real colour on them. The work from both provides some real contrast between the street art and the domineering steel structures around them.
VaneMG, Tiz Creel, & Janiru – Goswell Street / Old Street junction
Painting on boards surrounding a former car park which is now a building site. The artists painting were part of Flawa the festival of Latin American Women in the Arts. The mural is a blended story about the feminine, the cycle of life and the interconnected nature of things.
Seb Lester – 10 John Street & Northington Street
Seb Lesters ‘I wish’ piece is in an area of London not normally associated with street art. It’s graceful streets are probably known more for their grand facades and historical grandeur. No suprise then that the wall has been taken with Lester’s graceful prose. “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being”.
Fatheat – Alf Barrett Playground, Old Gloucester Street
Hungarian artist Fatheat partnered with the Hungarian Cultural Institute to create his work. Called ‘Reborn’ it features the image of a head out of which is growing a whole new natural world. The space replaces an earlier mural which also celebrated Hungarian culture.
SMUG – 236 Webheath Workshops, Netherwood Street
Australian artist SMUG is a man on top of his game. Known for his giant portraits he will often paint local people. Based in the UK he’s actually got a splattering of work already in cities such as Leicester and Aberdeen. It’s his first in London though and it features a local resident, June Barber, who has lived on the Webheath Estate for 50 years.
Various Artists – Webheath Estate, Netherwood Estate
Throughout the estate there are a number of other pieces. It’s been an area painted before. In 2018 it became part of Global Street Arts ‘Art for Estates’ programme. Now for the festival they’ve returned with various artists painting locations on the Webheath Estate.
Sr. X – 2 Quex road off Kilburn High Road
London based spanish artist Sr. X has been a regular on the street art scene over the years. Known for his pop art style of surrealism. His mural on a side street in Kilburn shows a woman holding a pikachu.
Pref – Wembley Park Boulevard (opposite Cineworld)
A master of lettering, Pref is a local artist from Brent. His piece in the heart of the new shopping district of Wembley Park is also just in the shadow of the stadium itself. Known for his lettering the piece actually says ‘Better Together’ but you’ve got to stare for a bit to really make it out.
The London Mural Festival has been curated by Global Street Art. It has been taking place during September 2020 at various locations across London.