Hanna Benihoud creates A Labour of Love and is an artist to watch for 2016

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You may not yet have seen the creations of ‘A Labour of Love’ from artist and architect Hanna Benihoud, but it is a fair prediction to say she’ll be a name to know by the… Continue reading

Elle and Marina Zumi visit London and leave some street art to remember

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So it’s often the case, you leave the house with the intention to do one thing and then circumstances take over and you go in a whole different direction. For me today was… Continue reading

Saatchi Gallery showcases some of the World’s best female street art talent with ‘XX: a moment in time’

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The Saatchi Gallery has moved back into the world of street art with a group show featuring some of the top names from around the street art world. Reading like a who’s who… Continue reading

Andrea Tyrimos brings fine art to the streets of London as part of her BRICK project

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Andrea Tyrimos is one of our favourite artists.  A fine art graduate her art is a labour of love and requires hours and days of patient work.  Yet despite this she has managed… Continue reading

Street artist Furia Ack paints giant portrait of Donald Trump and then provides eggs for passers by to throw at it

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Street artist Furia Ack, well known for his black and white portraits on the streets of London took his art to a whole new interactive level by painting a portrait of Donald Trump just… Continue reading

Where to find Shakespearean Theatres in Bankside, Shoreditch and Elizabethan London

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Think of Shakespearean Theatre and you might generally think of the Globe on the South Bank.  But that’s not the whole story of this golden age, the birth of theatre-going in England. Although… Continue reading

Blackall Street Paint Jam celebrates one full year of London Calling

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Our friends at London Calling are celebrating one full year of blogging and what better way to mark the occasion than with an all out paint jam in one of London’s most popular… Continue reading

New talent Karis Knight unveils her latest work at the Curious Duke Gallery

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The new talent that is Karis Knight is certainly one to watch. Her ever-growing CV boasts murals at Topshop’s London flagship store, and more exhibitions under her belt than you would expect for… Continue reading

Lumiere lights up London and transforms the city with a spectacular show

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Lumiere London saw the city transformed with light sculptures brightening up some of the city’s best loved landmarks. The festival organised by the arts charity Artichoke and sponsored by the great and good… Continue reading

Tape artist Benjamin Murphy causes some Gilded Chaos at Beers London

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The new show from tape artist Benjamin Murphy has resulted in another immersive experience in glorious monochrome.  Six months in the making, Murphy has pulled out the stops to make sure his latest show… Continue reading

The art world pays tribute to David Bowie as tributes fill the internet

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The first thing I read on the morning of 11 January 2016 was a facebook post from a good friend of mine who I went to college with but now see nowhere near… Continue reading

Dave the Chimp paints giant mural in London in support of Education is not a crime campaign

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The first major mural to be painted on the iconic Village Underground this year has seen a fun effort from Dave the Chimp and his placard waving beans. Painted in support of the… Continue reading

All girl paint jam on Blackall Street in Shoreditch kicks off 2016 painting season in style

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The first real paint jam of 2016 kicked off over the weekend with an all girl extravaganza on the little alley known as Blackall Street in Shoreditch. A popular spot for paste up… Continue reading

New Years Day artistic journey into the Leake Street Tunnel

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It looked like New Years Eve was brought in pretty well at the Leake Street Tunnel.  Wandering around on the first day of 2016, the debris of the night before could still be… Continue reading

Mugshots of street artists are pasted onto the walls of London as part of the PINCH project from Art No Cube

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Mugshots of some the city’s best known street artists have been appearing all over the Brick Lane and Shoreditch areas of London. Holding a sign that simply says PINCH, the artists are photographed against… Continue reading

Banksy Drinker Statue becomes the Stinker as it’s returned to Shaftesbury Avenue

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A Banksy statue stolen over 10 years ago has been returned to the London square from where it was taken complete with a few additions. Originally called ‘The Drinker’ it was a play… Continue reading

SOS takes her brand of Activist Art to Europe in order to raise awareness of FGM

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Campaigning street artist S.O.S has been taking her artistic message across borders with a recent visit to Austria resulting in a discussion with the Austrian parliament on how to end FGM and how street… Continue reading

Mexican street artists visit London and paint murals around the town

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Many people probably haven’t realised but 2015 is the year of Mexico in the UK, a year long celebration of cultural, educational and business activities between the two nations. Now, I’m not sure whether… Continue reading

Sylvia Pankhurst and the East End Suffragettes, historic locations and where to find them

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Living in East London you are surrounded by history, not least that of the suffragettes. In fact, when you come from Bow, you can’t fail to acknowledge that in actual fact you are… Continue reading

Interview with Patrick Colhoun as he brings ‘Solitary’ his contemporary sculpture show to London

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An exhibition of contemporary sculpture and mixed media from Patrick Colhoun has opened at the Ben Oakley Gallery. The final part of Colhoun’s series of three solo exhibitions which the artist has undertaken… Continue reading

Street Artists turn Dalstons newest BSMT Gallery into a black and white collaborative extravaganza

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Some of the East End’s best known street artists came together over the last week to cover Dalston’s BSMT gallery in lines, lots of lines. Locals Captain Kris, Obit, The Real Dill and… Continue reading

Art Heist comes to Soho and takes over the Circle Tattoo Parlour with a street art inspired show

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So Soho does seem like it’s becoming a popular spot these days. Not that it wasn’t popular before of course, it is after all one of the most visited tourist destinations in London.… Continue reading

Death in Dalston comes to BSMT Space with a skull filled halloween show

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A skull filled halloween show filled the basement space of Dalston’s newest gallery BSMT Space over the past week. Rapidly put together, it was a five day only event which once again managed… Continue reading

Paint Jam in the Leake Street Tunnel as Street Artists remember Ben Naz

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Street Artists once again got together over the weekend to pay tribute to popular artist Ben Naz at one of his favoured locations, the Leake Street tunnel. Occupying one end of the popular… Continue reading

Five Seconds of Summer Mural appears in London as part of Worldwide “Graffiti” campaign

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A mural appearing recently in London has got fans of the Australian pop group Five Seconds of Summer all excited as it’s just one of a group of murals the band have been… Continue reading

Alex Chinneck creates giant upside down electricity pylon sticking out of the ground in Greenwich

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Sculptor Alex Chinneck has a reputation for creating the extraordinary and he’s done it again with his latest piece, a giant upside down electricity pylon close to the 02 on the Greenwich Peninsula.… Continue reading

The Ten Artists you need to know about from the 2015 Other Art Fair at the Truman Brewery

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The annual Other Art Fair has been taking place at the Truman Brewery this week. Sharing space with the Moniker Art Fair, it’s one of the biggest exposes for independant artists around. We’ve… Continue reading

Lucas Levitan seeks to bring his Instagram Invasions to a bookshelf near you with an exciting Kickstarter campaign

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“Sometimes it’s good to dream high” says Lucas Levitan as he tells me about his latest ambition to bring his hugely popular photo invasions to the public at large. Raising money via Kickstarter… Continue reading

Interview with Ant Carver as he puts on his latest show in the Truman Brewery

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Keen observers of the East End street art scene may well have noticed Ant Carver’s work. Portraiture with a graffiti inspired twist, he is as happy putting his work up on the streets… Continue reading

Lucy Sparrow creates Madame Roxy’s Erotic Emporium and suprises Soho with felt filled sex toys

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Another epic exhibition from artist Lucy Sparrow has seen the creation of an entirely sewn sex shop in the centre of Soho. The show follows on from previous sewn extravaganzas from Sparrow. Her… Continue reading

Human Nature comes to Soho and combines environmental art with ethical design

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The Human Nature road-show rolled back into London town and combined with ‘The Art of Progress’ to take over the unique exhibition space at 19 Greek Street, a Victorian townhouse whose many floors… Continue reading

So if this is anti-gentrification then give me gentrification any day

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The smashing of the windows on Brick Lanes quirky ‘Cereal Killer Cafe’ hit the news this week. It’s perpetrators, a supposed bunch of ‘anti-gentrification’ campaigners, targeted the new business upstart as a symbol… Continue reading

Tom’s Etching Studio opens under the Peckham arches and invites bloggers to come in and make a mess

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You can’t beat a good old railway arch. Always atmospheric, you really do never know what you’ll find inside one these days, when they are not in the midst of being gentrified at… Continue reading

Studio Interview with Jonesy, the environmental artist who places bronze sculptures around the City

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One of the most varied artists on the East London street art scene is Jonesy, a man equally at home casting bronze or producing paste ups. He is a multi-faceted talent and his… Continue reading

Ten top abstract sculptures in the City of London

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The City of London is well known for its public art and in particular its sculpture. Look around pretty much every nook and cranny and you’ll probably bump into a statue of some… Continue reading

Colour the Capital from the Forest Recycling Project brings giant murals to the city

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The latest project from the Forest Recycling Project (FRP), Colour the Capital, is the latest way in which unwanted paint can end up transforming the environment and, in this case, providing the raw… Continue reading

Zina paints spectacular glow in the dark mural in Shoreditch as part of Sony Experia Campaign

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Norway’s London based artist Zina is certainly one of the East End’s most prolific street artists. Her distinctive blue hued portraits are difficult to miss especially when painted in large scale and combined… Continue reading

The Art of Paul Don Smith one of Londons most prolific street artists

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You don’t need to travel far in the East End of London to come across some work by the prolific Paul ‘Don’ Smith. Known for his multi-layered stencil portraits, Don’s work is impossible… Continue reading

Treatment Rooms Artists turn London black cab into travelling mosaic to raise awareness of the plight of Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore

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The team of artists known as the ‘Treatment Rooms Collective’ have embarked upon an ambitious project to entirely cover an iconic London black cab with intricate mosaic. Known as the ‘Voodoo Zulu Liberation… Continue reading

A Free Historic Walking Tour around Old Street and Moorgate in London

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The third in our series of curious routes, free historic walking tours around the edges of the City of London, we explore the area around the Old Street Roundabout. Now sometimes known as… Continue reading

Highlights from the Whitecross Street Party 2015 as the non conformists return

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The popular Whitecross Street Party returned for another year and moved from the two day extravaganza of the past few years to a more packed one day affair. As usual visitors could expect… Continue reading

Photography exhibition ‘About a Strand’ by Lewis Phillips highlights Mental Illness and homelessness on the streets of London

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A powerful exhibition from photographer Lewis Phillips has taken a rarely seen look at life behind the facade of one of London’s busiest and well known streets! The Strand links Trafalgar Square to… Continue reading

Meeting of Styles returns to Shoreditch and finds a home at the Nomadic Community Gardens

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The Meeting of Styles festival returned to Shoreditch last weekend for another paint packed festival filled with art, music, food and some all round relaxing vibes particularly enhanced by this years location at… Continue reading

Street Art comes to Margate as the Affordably Affordable Art Boutique opens in the town

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In amongst the day trippers on the busy high street overlooking Margate Beach an interested crowd has gathered near an old retail unit, which for over a decade has had it’s entrances boarded… Continue reading

Interview with Hannah Adamaszek as she seeks serenity in her latest show at the Curious Duke Gallery

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The gallery is serene! This is perhaps not suprising given that the artist on show is Hannah Adamaszek. Someone who last showcased in the same gallery, albeit in a slightly different location, over… Continue reading

Battle Cancer graffiti event in Leake Street draws a crowd and raises money for Cancer Research

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The latest paint jam in the Leake Street tunnel saw it taken over as a whole bunch of graffiti artists gathered to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research. It isn’t the first… Continue reading

Street Art Book Art launches in Soho and celebrates the artists of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery

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The Dulwich Outdoor Gallery has been a labour of love for the past few years. Curated by Ingrid Beazley, it has turned the streets of leafy Dulwich into one of the country’s must… Continue reading

Environmental Artists place their mark on Munro House in Leeds as Human Nature leaves its legacy

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Munro House in Leeds describes itself as being the gateway to Leeds Art Quarter and you can see why. An imposing building built in Leeds industrial heyday it now houses creative studios and… Continue reading

A Free Street Art Tour of Bethnal Green and Hackney Road in London

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This year has seen a further shift in the centre of gravity of street art in the city. Further east from its heartland of Shoreditch artists have been finding spots around Bethnal Green… Continue reading

Interview with Ben Oakley as he tells the World “it’s the least I could do!”

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We’ve often covered Ben Oakley shows here on Inspiring City, but usually it’s in his role as the owner and curator of the popular independent gallery that bears his name, nestled within the… Continue reading