Much anticipated Fanakapan solo show launches at BSMT Space in Dalston

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There’s not many shows where you actually guarantee the level of interest will be so high that the guest list books out and anyone who is anyone will want to get along to… Continue reading

Interview with Dan Kitchener as he brings his art to Brick Lane

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We first met Dan Kitchener in 2012. He was one of the first artists we came across at the very start of this blog when he was painting a giant wall on the… Continue reading

Paint Your London turns Walthamstow into a street art hot spot

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Walthamstow has been having a lot going on street art wise for the past few years now but this month’s ‘Paint Your London‘ festival is really starting to tip the balance in terms… Continue reading

Culture map of Shoreditch gives visitors some hot tips on where to go and what to see

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A culture map of Shoreditch has been created by the developers of the ‘The Stage’, the development taking place around the around of Curtain Road and Hewett Street on the edge of the… Continue reading

Environmental artists prepare to draw attention to endangered species by painting railway arches in Tower Hamlets

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Environmental artists are preparing to create a series of murals in Tower Hamlets as part of an awareness raising project to highlight the plight of endangered animals around the world. Organised as a… Continue reading

Street art in Europe, the best artists and where to find them

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We cover a lot of London street art here on Inspiring City,  it’s where we live and the street art we see is pretty cool.  A lot of it though from people from all… Continue reading

Kate Knight paints fragile things in a show which draws attention to threatened species

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We’ve all spent a few Sundays tucked up under a duvet watching David Attenborough documentaries, after all he is the nation’s favourite Granddad, however we don’t all channel our fascination with animals into ground… Continue reading

Andrea Tyrimos paints telephone box on Southampton Row to create public art statement on air pollution

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A month in the making and a disused telephone box on Southampton Row in Holborn has received a street art makeover courtesy of fine artist Andrea Tyrimos. Part of a project with Public… Continue reading

Street art and graffiti in Hackney Wick is this the new Shoreditch

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Hackney Wick has developed over the past few years, once an industrial hub it is now the trendy bohemian neighbour of the Olympic village, just over the River Lea you can see the… Continue reading

Portraits of the artists of Femme Fierce taken in the Leake Street tunnel

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Portraits of the Femme Fierce artists taken during the 2015 festival have been released by photographer Lewis Phillips.  Lewis, a good friend of this blog, has spent a lot of time documenting the art… Continue reading

Birthday celebrations lead to a graffiti jam at Mile End skate park

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Mile End skate park isn’t a place we get to very often.  There’s a leisure centre, a running track a leisure centre and a whole bunch of five a side courts alongside the park… Continue reading

Neoh exhibits at the Moorfields Eye Hospital with Vandal Therapy

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Street artist Neoh who by day works as an art therapist with the Outsider Gallery has chosen a corridor of one of London’s best known hospitals to exhibit his first solo show. ‘Vandal… Continue reading

Street art comes to Tooting as artists create a gallery near Tooting Broadway market

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Tooting Broadway market has found itself at the centre of a mini street art takeover with artists flocking to area in order to decorate the little access road to the side of the… Continue reading

Art duo Static Press Play on their show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery

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An 80’s video game themed art show from Walthamstow based duo Static has been capturing the imagination at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho. Called ‘Press Play’ it’s a homage to the iconic… Continue reading

Facadism the laziest and most unsatisfying form of preservation is causing irreparable damage to Spitalfields and to London

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Possibly the laziest and most unsatisfying form of ‘preservation’ is the current fad of preserving the facade of an old building, only to completely gut the interior and replace it with an entirely… Continue reading

The Doodle Man doodles on walls around Shoreditch and prepares for a show at the Hoxton Gallery

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The Doodle Man has been doodling, and doodling and, well, doodling.  Most recently spending the best part of five days scribbling across the walls of a makeshift underpass formed by some builders hoardings… Continue reading

Sam Peacock unveils his new collection and draws inspiration from the myth and legend of the Sussex Peninsula

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Sam Peacock is an artist we’ve followed for a while here on Inspiring City.  We interviewed him once at his home in South West London where in his garage he has a makeshift… Continue reading

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 pylon sculpture on the Greenwich Peninsula

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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