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

New Boxpark ‘Pop Brixton’ opens in the town with street artists bringing the containers to life

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Brixton sure is changing and the opening of the latest BoxPark to hit the city is just another symbol of that change. Built on reclaimed land and made up of shipping containers, the… Continue reading

The first ever Brockley street art festival turns the town multi coloured

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The first ever street art festival has been held over the last week in the London suburb of Brockley. Not normally known for it’s works of art on the streets there’s a first… Continue reading

Interview with Airborne Mark, the notorious vandal painting his origami riots on the walls of London

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You’d be hard pushed to miss Airborne Mark! Known for his origami inspired art on the streets of London he is an artist who is hard to forget. Creative to the core it’s… Continue reading

Alice looks round the curtain as campaigning artist S.O.S seeks to raise awareness of FGM

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One of the most iconic images from the recent Femme Fierce festival was that of a cartoon Alice in Wonderland painted by Brighton based Sarah Gillings aka S.O.S or ‘Save Our Souls’. That… Continue reading

Interview with SNUB as he talks Robots, 2000AD and pioneering street art in the nineties

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The path from Brighton to London is well trodden and for SNUB, it’s one he’s been taking for many years. A street artist now exhibiting at the Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich his… Continue reading

Studio 189 launches with a Spring Ball and seeks to reinvent the art of exhibition

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With the prices of exhibition space often sky high across the city it is perhaps no suprise that new venues are beginning to be found and often within the most unlikely of places.… Continue reading

Alex from Looking for Heroes meets Ashley, Hannah, Neela, Alain and Chiara as part of her everyday heroes series

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In the second of our collaborations with Alex’s ‘Looking for Heroes‘, Alex meets five more everyday heroes from her travels around London and finds out their stories. Ashley – A man with a… Continue reading

Interview with DONK as he pastes on walls and prepares for his show at the Well Hung Gallery

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Donk is an artist who has intrigued me for a while. His work can be found all over the East End. Plastered across all the usual spots along the back streets of Brick… Continue reading

Roy’s People brings to life his ‘Little Heroes’ as he prepares for his next solo show at the Curious Duke Gallery

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Roy is back and this time his little people have taken on a new dimension with the ‘Little Heroes’ due to take over the Curious Duke Gallery from the show launch on Thursday… Continue reading

Camden street art scene gets a new lease of life as artists find new walls despite the redevelopment

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The Camden street art scene, so vibrant for the past few years has had to find a new centre of gravity following the massive redevelopment of the area around what was formerly the… Continue reading

Street Artists combine in order to support the ‘Save Brixton Arches’ campaign

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Street artists have gathered together to show their support for the traders currently at risk of eviction from the iconic railway arches in Brixton! Containing a variety of colourful businesses from sole trader… Continue reading

Soapbox Sundays relaunch at popular art hangout Montys Bar on Brick Lane

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Trendy street art hangout Monty’s Bar is re-launching it’s popular ‘Soapbox Sunday‘ arts market this Easter on Sunday 5 April. Situated at the top end of Brick Lane and nestled amongst art galleries,… Continue reading

Alex Looks for Heroes in everyday life and brings some positivity back to the internet

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Every now and then you come across cool little projects when trawling Facebook or Instagram which, nestled amongst the mundane and the day to day, add a real sense of light and hope… Continue reading

The Spring Projects Launch ‘Big Dream’ as they plan to bring more hopes and smiles to the streets

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Following on from the huge success of their ‘Next Best Thing’ campaign to find a street art star of the future. The Spring Projects are today going bigger and better with #BIGDREAM which… Continue reading

Interview with Argentinas Fio Silva as she paints her way around Europe and places her art onto the World stage

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I first became aware of Fio Silva through an international competition arranged by the Spring Projects to find ‘The Next Best Thing‘ in street art. Entrants from all around the World were whittled… Continue reading

Femme Fierce 2015 packs the Leake Street Tunnel as Female street artists paint it brilliant blue

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Street art has just become the next Rock and Roll! Or, so you might think. The hoards of cameras clicking away certainly gave a hint to the sort of interest this event was… Continue reading

Femme Fierce and Plan UK team up to transform Shoreditch Art Wall in aid of the Because I’m a Girl campaign

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The Shoreditch Art Wall has seen more than it’s fair share of artists pop by over the last few years with its prime location widely seen as one of the key spots for… Continue reading

Argentinian street artist Fio Silva wins International Talent Search and Prepares to Hit London, Amsterdam and Milan

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An international search for a street art star of the future has concluded with Argentinian artist Fio Silva winning the prize and coming to the attention of the wider street art world. Organised… Continue reading

Spotlight on the artists of the Femme Fierce Kickstarter campaign, Joyce Treasure, Candy Lo, Mish Chang, AR, Artista and Karis Knight

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A few months ago Inspiring City teamed up with Femme Fierce and filmmaker Daniel Lucas of Dpict Media to film the Kickstarter video which ultimately did it’s bit to help raise the £2500… Continue reading

Top Greek street artists Simoni Fontana, Mariana Cute and Cleo43 prepare to hit the Banksy tunnel for Femme Fierce

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Three of Greece’s top street artists will be amongst the 150 artists taking part in the next edition of Femme Fierce on International Womens day 8 March 2015. Simoni Fontana, Mariana Cute and… Continue reading

Photos from the last days of Camden Lock Market as the Redevelopment gets underway

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The street art sheds of Camden have become a popular destination for lovers of urban art over the past few years. One by one the sheds were painted outside of opening hours with… Continue reading

Femme Fierce join forces with the Rise Gallery to transform sixties shopping centre in Croydon

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In an appetiser to the main event, the juggernaut that is Femme Fierce rolled into Croydon town and brought live street art to the shutters of South London. Joining forces with the Rise… Continue reading

Sam Peacock prepares for ‘Fractured’ his latest show at the Curious Duke Gallery

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Spend any sort of time with Sam Peacock and it is likely that two topics will be raised, Rugby and Fracking! Rugby, as in the town and not the sport, because that’s where… Continue reading

The Spring Projects search for the next best thing prepares to uncover a street art star of the future

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From life as an investment banker through into a career in fashion, the life of Bri Patty has had many twists and turns on a journey which has led to ‘The Spring Projects‘.… Continue reading

Borondo wows Shoreditch with ‘Animal’ an immersive solo show at the London Newcastle Gallery

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Spanish street artist Borondo has become a well know feature on London’s streets over the past few years with his work popping up at regular intervals. Often grand in scale and deeply impressive,… Continue reading

Interview with Mark McClure as he visits his giant wooden mosaic in the Olympic Park

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The hoardings are finally beginning to come down at the Olympic Park! They’ve been up there a while to cover the ongoing development work but also at the same time inadvertently covering up… Continue reading

Street Artists turn Camden into a massive outdoor gallery as the developers prepare to move in

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Camden has long been growing in terms of it’s popularity for street art but the past few months have seen a real burst of activity. Dotted around the Camden Lock area we’ve already… Continue reading

Art Map London launches search for free artist spaces in the city

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It’s a common problem within the artistic community! You want to exhibit your work and get yourself out there but you can’t find the space and when you do, it’s often over-priced because… Continue reading

A Street Art Journey to the Trellick Tower in West London

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The Trellick Tower is a grade II listed building in the Royal borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Designed by architect Erno Goldfinger it was completed in 1972 and based on the Balfron Tower,… Continue reading

Rockwell House closes its doors for the final time, another casualty to the sprawl of the ever growing city

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Rockwell House, so often the venue to be at the centre of the Shoreditch art scene is to be no more. Celebrating it’s final party on New Years Eve, it was to be… Continue reading

Artists say Je Suis Charlie as they pay tribute to murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists

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Artists from around the World have been posting their tributes to the murdered cartoonists from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. From all different genres of the art world, artists have been expressing… Continue reading

Femme Fierce 2015 Launches with a Kickstarter Campaign and promises to be bigger than ever

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Following the success of Femme Fierce held on International Women’s Day in March last year it is perhaps not suprising that this year, 2015, it’s coming back and the ladies will be doing… Continue reading

Brazilian artist Lucas Levitan invades instagram and brings pictures to life with his brilliant cartoons

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Lucas Levitan has been taking the World by storm, or at least he’s been taking the instagram World by storm! Invading the accounts of unsuspecting users and “stealing” their photos only for them… Continue reading

Battersea Power Station, an industrial time capsule living on in these remarkable photographs

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As the city changes around us and more and more of our buildings disappear to progress it’s no surprise that the hobby of urban exploring has begun to take off.  Recording buildings that… Continue reading

20 of the Best Street Art photographs to celebrate the year from Inspiring City

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So 2014 has been a busy year for Inspiring City and as you would expect we’ve taken a lot of photographs. In fact we’ve probably taken too many, the majority of the pictures… Continue reading

The 2014 Inspiring City London Art Review of the Year

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The second full year of Inspiring City has seen the blog diversify into different genres and a spreading of our wings into different parts of London. We’ve interviewed artists, seen a lot of… Continue reading

Amara Por Dios paints her biggest ever wall at the Village Underground in London

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The massive Village Underground wall in Shoreditch is one of the most iconic spots to find street art in the city of London. Well situated just a short walk away from Shoreditch High… Continue reading

Parabola di G the new show from Giacomo Bufarini exhibits at the Howard Griffin Gallery

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Giacomo Bufarini, the artist formerly known as RUN, is the latest artist to take over the Howard Griffin Gallery with an immersive installation in black and white. The street artist has met the… Continue reading

Zabou takes to the stage at a TED conference to give insightful speech on Street Art and Graffiti

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There’s no doubt that interest in street art is growing. Around the World, the movement is evolving, cities are getting involved, books are been written and festivals are being arranged. It’s becoming a… Continue reading

To Pay or not to Pay? Why is the Question of Paying Interns in the Art Sector a controversial one?

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An interesting debate has started recently on the topic of paid internships in the art world. Of course it’s a debate that has been going on for a while in other sectors too,… Continue reading

An Artistic Journey Through Afghanistan with War Artist Arabella Dorman

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There’s a powerful emotion in the words of Arabella Dorman when she speaks of her experiences in Afghanistan.  Embedded as a war artist with the British, first visiting Iraq in 2006 and then Afghanistan… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of London Part 3, The Black Friars and the Grey Friars

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For part three of our Lost abbey’s series we focus on the old monastic buildings which used to exist towards the west of the old City of London. For part one we looked… Continue reading

Tribute to Ben Naz as Street Artists Take Over the Leake Street Tunnel for Memorial Paint Jam

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The legal graffiti space underneath the arches of Waterloo station, the Leake Street Tunnel, once again received a makeover today as the street art community turned out in force to pay tribute to… Continue reading

Inspiring City Nominated for UK Blog Awards

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Yes that’s right it’s that time of year when the UK Blog Awards come around and Inspiring City has received a nomination. Unfortunately it doesn’t tell you who nominated the blog so a… Continue reading

Interview with Street Artist ATM talking Birds, Acton and a Show at the Ben Oakley Gallery

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We are sitting in Mary’s Cafe!  It’s the sort of place that Alan Sugar would be proud.  The sort of place where the losing team on the Apprentice goes to lick their wounds… Continue reading

Who is the New Banksy? 10 artists who have been compared to the World’s most famous street artist

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There’s a staple phrase which journalists like to use when describing the work of a new artistic talent particularly if the work is on the street and that is to make comparisons to… Continue reading

Lollipop Gallery Opens in Spitalfields as a Gallery for Collectors by Collectors

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There is an undeniable freshness about Spitalfields newest gallery. The walls have been whitewashed and the wooden floorboards have been brought back to life, reviving a building that had been in mothballs for… Continue reading

Highlights from the 2014 Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Exhibition in Regents Park

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The artistic behemouth that is the Frieze Art Fair parked itself once more in Regents Park over the weekend complete with sculpture park which happily was completely free for all to enjoy. Curated… Continue reading