Celebrating International Women’s Day, the WOM Collective produced a series of murals in Shoreditch’s Allen Gardens. Featuring a range of female street artists, the walls running along the overground rail line got a new coating of paint.
Women’s Day Murals
Called ‘WOM Inspired 23’ the event was in celebration of Women’s International Freedom and Respect. Part of a series of events centred around Women’s Day, artists had responded to an open call to turn up and paint. Heading to London from across the country, Allen Gardens offers one of the best series of free walls in the city.
Artworks ranged from portraiture to more abstract. Portraits included a tribute to photographer Martha Cooper from Laffiti, Morgana Dub Souljah from Apparan and Existential Bell from Shauna Blanchfield. Swindon’s Caryn Koh’s piece meanwhile featured two friends in an embrace.
Other works included stencil pieces from SoulD and 7th Pencil, a beautiful water inspired piece from Van Jimmer and a wall of breasts from Elno and Damitta. This latter piece, a celebration of the diversity of women. More stylised graphic cartoon inspired work came from Mali Mowcka, Tamoonz and Nush Poke. Their sometimes darker character art styles have become instantly noticeable on the streets. Tattoo artist Lavia and Inkblot too added bold graphic portraits in black and white.
Range of Artworks
Other artists included illustrator Jeru Draws, Lore, Lucia Segura, Lunar, Maria Linares Friere, Orange Here Too, Pjawor and Y Would U Do That. All showcasing a variety of styles, the messages of the works adding to the range of narratives on display.
The Wom Inspired 23 paint jam was held on 5 March 2023. It was organised by the Wom Collective and took place at Allen Gardens in Shoreditch.