Meet Lolie Darko the French street artist bringing her sad party to London for her first solo show

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Lolie Darko’s sad faced children have been appearing around London for a while now.  Often accompanied with captions, the works stop people in their tracks as they try and make sense of the… Continue reading

Argiris Ser paints giant mural on the Village Underground wall in London for the Education is Not a Crime campaign

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Greek street artist Argiris Ser is back in London to paint the iconic Village Underground wall just a couple of weeks after he was last in the city showcasing at the BSMT Space’s… Continue reading

ROA’s iconic Shoreditch hedgehog gets an update from Jim Vision

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It’s one of the most iconic pieces of street art in Shoreditch and it’s prime location on Chance Street just by the crossing to Shoreditch High Street means that it is right in… Continue reading

Meet Alo the Italian street painter whose abstract portraits have taken over the Saatchi and the streets

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If it was a bit of a suprise back in 2014 when the Saatchi Gallery decided to award the softly spoken Italian artist Alo his first solo show, it certainly shouldn’t be now.… Continue reading

Carrie Reichardt’s West London house is covered from head to foot in mosaic by artists from around the World

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I’m sitting on the 3rd story of a scaffold hugging a house in the leafy suburbs of West London.  Around me mosaic artists from around the World are busy at work cutting and… Continue reading

Meet JDK the sculptor turned street artist making her mark in London

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We are surrounded by mothers and babies!  The Chesterfield coffee shop on the corner of the Grove and Roman roads has a playpen at the back, wifi and filter coffee. It seems the… Continue reading

Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo brings his Spaces of Hope to London

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The latest immersive show from the Howard Griffin Gallery has brought Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo back to the UK for their most immersive exhibition yet. Set within Ambika P3, a giant 14000 ft… Continue reading

The Street Art of the Ferdinand Estate in Chalk Town

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A short walk from the Chalk Farm tube station in Camden is the Ferdinand Estate, to be fair an unlikely candidate to be a hub for street art, but a place where nonetheless… Continue reading

Where to find street art and graffiti in Brighton

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Brighton is one of the biggest centres for street art and graffiti in the UK and indeed on any trip to the south coast city you cannot fail to see streets and buildings… Continue reading

A Journey around the Queer City of Soho, its clubs and its culture

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London’s Soho is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ+ scene and it’s a scene which has it’s roots back to the clubs and secretive spaces of the area where at the turn of… Continue reading

The Graffiti streets of Fish Island

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Ah Fish Island, a place we know well.  That old industrial area, now being slowly discovered by people looking for the next big thing when it comes to the search for soon to… Continue reading

Greek street artists visit London and put on a show in Dalston

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Some of the Greece’s finest street artists got an outing in Dalston as part of the latest group show to be hosted by the popular BSMT Space gallery. Featuring favourites of this blog,… Continue reading

Street Art Sculptures on show at the Unit 5 Gallery

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A showcase of street art sculpture at the Unit 5 Gallery on Hackney Road brought together some of the World’s best street artists who have showcased their works in 3D. Now we like… Continue reading

Sr. X paints the giant Village Underground and portrays an old man with pizza in his beard

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The latest artist to paint the famed Village Underground wall in Shoreditch is London based Spanish painter Sr.X.  Familiar to regular readers of this blog, we last caught up with him last year… Continue reading

Giant mural from Italian artist Vera Bugatti appears on Old Street

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A girl with green hair stares out at passers by on the crossroads junction between Old Street and Goswell Road.  In her arms she holds a chicken and on her head she wears… Continue reading

Art and Life in Beseiged Leningrad, the story of artist Elena Marttila

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For this post we publish something a little bit different and welcome guest authors Olga Kucherenko and Ksenia Afonina as they tell the story of  94 year old artist Elena Marttila, a survivor… Continue reading

Dreph street art portraits appear all over the East End

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Popping up around East London over the past few months have been a series of portraits from the London based artist Neequaye Dreph, known simply on his work as ‘Dreph’ The works all… Continue reading

Toast takes over Soho as Artista opens up her studio

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Flying toast took over Soho with one of London’s most recognisable street artists opening up her studio for a celebration of all things toast. In terms of tags, the toast has become pretty iconic on… Continue reading

Street artist Louis Masai tours America and paints endangered animals wherever he goes

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Environmental street artist Louis Masai has embarked on his biggest project to date, a tour around America, using art to raise awareness of species local to the areas he is visiting who are… Continue reading

Street artists get together to launch 2017 with a paint jam somewhere in Soho

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It’s not the most well known place on the street art scene.  In fact Soho has never really broken through as a must see stop on the street art map, there are too… Continue reading

A Street Art Journey around Petticoat Lane in Spitalfields, the forgotten street art hub of the East End

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Following on from our recent post featuring the work of Ben Eine and his alphabet on Middlesex Street, this post features some of the other work to be seen in this often forgotten… Continue reading

The Ben Eine shutter alphabet of Middlesex Street and Petticoat Lane Market

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One of the first place I ever wandered when first moving to London just over four years ago was the area of Middlesex Street better known to some as the central location of… Continue reading

Giant mural from Fanakapan covers the Village Undergroud wall in Shoreditch

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The giant wall one the side of the Village Underground has long been one of the best places to see street art in Shoreditch.  It’s size and location mean that it’s always attracted… Continue reading

Grunge artist Lora Zombie visits London and leaves a series of street art murals behind in Brick Lane

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A series of street art murals from Russian grunge artist Lora Zombie have appeared just off Brick Lane in London.  The works were a finale to a successful visit to the city in… Continue reading

London like a local! Bloggers give their tips on some of the best things to see and do in the city

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A couple of months ago we were asked to contribute to a feature on the travel site ebookers called ‘London like a local‘.  It asked bloggers from the capital to give a list… Continue reading

A huge line of Dominoes snakes through London and then gets knocked down as part of the London’s Burning festival

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The recent London’s Burning festival caught the imagination in more ways than one.  A giant series of events featuring some spectacular public art exhibitions was the city’s way of celebrating 350 years since the… Continue reading

Inspiring City Podcasts

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Podcast interviews with artists from the street and urban art scenes

Andrea Tyrimos creates ‘Bipolar Picasso’ a new show to raise awareness of Mental Health

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It was sitting in a cafe in Holborn back in February 2016 that Andrea first told me of her passion for mental health and how she felt that it didn’t get the attention… Continue reading

Time is short so the Time is Now as Looking for Heroes embarks on a Mother Daughter tour of America

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We’ve enjoyed watching the social media journey blazed over the internet from our friends at Looking for Heroes over the past few years.  Originally an Instagram channel celebrating the achievements and lives of… Continue reading

The Top 10 Moments from the first full year of Dalston’s BSMT Space

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Dalston’s BSMT Space has been open for just over a year but in that time it has managed to establish itself firmly onto the already vibrant art scene of East London. Starting a… Continue reading

Unit 5 a new gallery space from Alternative London opens in the East End

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East London’s latest gallery space has opened just off the Hackney Road between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch. Run by the team behind Alternative London, best known for their street art tours and graffiti… Continue reading

The street art of Clare Street in Bethnal Green

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It’s a little street easily missed just off the Hackney Road but over the past year it’s had more than it’s fair share of street art painted on it. Clare Street is an… Continue reading

Louis Masai prepares for a mural tour of the USA to raise awareness of endangered species

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Popular London based artist Louis Masai has become well known over the past few years for his campaigning murals raising awareness of the plight of endangered species from around the World. Now, he’s… Continue reading

Cute cats take over the adverts in Clapham Common tube station

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Pictures of cute cats have replaced the adverts in a fluffy take over of Clapham Common tube station. The result of a Kickstarter campaign, Cats not Ads have certainly made their mark and… Continue reading

Giant murals from Axel Void, Pref and Gary Stranger add to the street art of Hackney Road in London

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On the corner of Hackney and Colombia road, a new mural can be seen.  A collaboration between two street calligraphers well know on the streets of London, Gary Stranger and Pref.  It says… Continue reading

The street art of North Street in Bristol

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One of the best places to find street art in the country is Bristol and one of the best places to see stuff in that city is in the south on a road… Continue reading

Giant wooden replica of old London burns on the Thames to commemorate Great Fire of London

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We are packed together on the banks of the Thames on the embankment near Blackfriars standing opposite the Oxo Tower on the other side of the river.  The reason?  A giant floating wooden… Continue reading

Buildings which survived the Great Fire of London and where to find them

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The great fire of London devastated the old medieval city.  Starting in Pudding Lane at the king’s bakers it spread quickly defeating all attempts to stamp it out.  A combination of unfavourable winds… Continue reading

Who is Banksy? The main contenders in the search for the World’s most elusive street artist

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We love a good Banksy conspiracy theory here on Inspiring City and to be fair there is nothing better to get tongues wagging it the World outside the immediate street art sphere than… Continue reading

Sr.X’s Pork Loin Roast serves up a tasty treat in the BSMT Space gallery in Dalston

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Spanish artist Sr. X has been a regular on the streets of London for the past few years.  His art, a mixture of 50’s pop culture imagery often with a fair bit of… Continue reading

Where to find street art in Bristol

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When thinking about the best places to see street art, Bristol is the sort of place that comes high on the list. For many, it is the undisputed capital of street art and… Continue reading

New talent abounds at the Curious Duke Gallery in the latest of our Spotlight series

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by guest blogger, the Curious Duke Gallery’s Sinead Loftus There is a corner of London that introduces art lovers to new artists from the UK and abroad, and that corner is East London’s… Continue reading

Sculpture in the City 2016 lands in London and brings public art to the centre of the city

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Sculpture in the city, the free annual art event which places sculpture in spots around the city of London has once again returned. With a variety of art on display, there are 19… Continue reading

Lucy Sparrow aims to bring her special brand of felt magic to create a fabric convenience store in New York

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There simply is no stopping Lucy Sparrow.  From launching her highly successful ‘Cornershop‘ project in London’s Bethnal Green in 2014 she has taken the art world by storm with a series of immersive… Continue reading

Photos from the Whitecross Street party 2016 as the street artists and musicians take over

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It’s one of the best and friendliest festivals of the year and one that we keep coming back to here on Inspiring City, not least because it’s also held on one of the… Continue reading

A quick street art tour of Camden in London

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Camden is certainly one of the best spots to see street art in the City of London.  It’s a place that we return back to again and again especially as, over the past… Continue reading

Thousands march in London to demonstrate against Brexit and to support the European Union

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An estimated fifty thousand people marched through London from Hyde Park to Westminster in order to show their support for the EU and their disdain at what they saw as the lies told by… Continue reading

Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park Soanes Centre gets a street art makeover

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Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, the green eco oasis in the middle of the sprawling urban environment of Mile End has been having a bit of a makeover of late courtesy of some of… Continue reading

Cities of Hope brings some of the World’s top street artists to Manchester

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Some of the World’s biggest names in street art descended on Manchester’s urban Northern Quarter over the month of May to take part in Cities of Hope, a street festival aimed at raising… Continue reading

Street art in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and where to find it

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Manchester’s Northern Quarter has received a makeover as street artists from around the World descended on the city to take part in the Cities of Hope festival. The area was already a good… Continue reading