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

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

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 Paint in 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