10 Artists which the Other Art Fair has taught us we should be looking out for

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One of the country’s largest art fairs has been taking place this weekend in the East End of London. The Other Art Fair has been sharing space at the Truman Brewery complex to… Continue reading

Interview with Artist Mr Cenz as he exhibits his new show ‘Distortions’ at the Pure Evil Gallery

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Look around the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane and it’s likely that at some point you’ll see some work from spray paint maestro Mr. Cenz. Now exhibiting with the Pure Evil Gallery… Continue reading

A Floating Building in Covent Garden and a Melting Wax House in Bankside, amazing creations from artist Alex Chinneck

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Look hard enough around London and you never know what you’ll find. Works of art abound and it’s not just the obvious that you need to look out for. With works from artist… Continue reading

Ana Tzarev’s Love & Peace Campaign Places Giant Flower Sculptures in London and around the World

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Just up the road from the Tate Britain on London’s Millbank sits a giant purple flower! Overlooking the Thames and sitting near to Vauxhall Bridge it’s just the latest in a series of… Continue reading

The Hepworth Gallery, the Jewel in Wakefields Crown

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It may seem an unlikely location for one of the country’s newest and most impressive art galleries but the northern town of Wakefield is fast gaining a reputation for high quality art. Never… Continue reading

Interview with Sabina Andron as she curates her first group show at the Curious Duke Gallery

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It seems right that we should be meeting in Leake Street! The famous legal graffiti spot underneath the arches of Waterloo Station and sometimes known as the ‘Banksy Tunnel’ has long been of… Continue reading

Artists Paint for Peace in Shoreditch with Events Leading up to International Peace Day

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International Alerts ‘Talking Peace‘ festival has been getting into full swing throughout the month of September with a whole range of artists giving their time and talent to help start a conversation about… Continue reading

Interview with Artist John McCarthy as he Crumples Paper, Paints Portraits and Prepares for his next show

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I’ve always had a strange fondness for Flemish glass!  Odd you might think that I should bring this up in an interview with fine artist John McCarthy but there is a reason and… Continue reading

Talking Peace Festival Launches in London and uses Street Art to start a Conversation

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International Alerts Talking Peace festival has launched in London with a celebration of World Food and great art! The idea is simple, start a conversation over a shared meal or through a common… Continue reading

Interview with Street Artist AR as she prepares for her show with Boxhead at the Well Hung Gallery

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I do enjoy going to Camden.  Now, admittedly that in itself isn’t suprising it is a cool place, if a little busy and with a little bit of an edge at times.  The… Continue reading

Dream to Screen Young Film Making Competition Announces Finalists for Public Vote

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Finalists for the UK’s newest and quite possibly most exciting young film-makers competition have been chosen and are awaiting the public vote. The brainchild of Cineworld Cinemas, the competition aims to give talented… Continue reading

Public Paint Jam at Sclater Street Stalls brings Street Art to the Masses

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For lovers of live street art one of the best places to see artists in action is every other Saturday on Sclater Street, the little thoroughfare that links Shoreditch with Brick Lane. Already… Continue reading

Five Hidden Historical Wonders Preserved Below the City of London

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London has a long and glorious history, over years and years it has transformed itself time and time again and quite literally has rebuilt itself many times over. The city that we see… Continue reading

The Top 10 Best Places to see Street Art in London

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London is one of the World’s best places to see street art and artists come from far and wide in order to paint it’s walls.  The East End of London in particular has… Continue reading

Artists Unite for Peace as Part of International Alert’s Talking Peace Campaign in London

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“Peace begins with words.   Peace begins with people and communities talking to each other and finding common ground, or at least starting to listen to each other.  That’s really the first step.”… Continue reading

Lucy Sparrows Felt Cornershop Opens on Wellington Row in Bethnal Green

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“I never knew that I needed this in my life, but I did, I really did.”  The overheard thoughts of one of the Cornershops satisfied customers as she left the East End’s most… Continue reading

A Curious Route Walking Tour around Whitecross Street and the Barbican

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One area often overlooked given it’s proximity to the likes of Shoreditch, the City and Clerkenwell is the bohemian paradise of Whitecross Street. In itself a thoroughfare leading from Old Street to the… Continue reading

Tribute to a Fallen Soldier as Poppies spectacularly flood the Tower of London on the Centenary of World War One

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The moat around the ancient and iconic Tower of London have been turned into a sea of red ceramic poppies.  The extraordinary artwork from artist Paul Cummins is a remarkable tribute to the… Continue reading

Roy’s People and Sam Peacock join forces to put on a show at the Timberyard in Covent Garden

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If it’s possible to draw a line from one end of the artistic spectrum to the other then it is highly likely that the works of Roy’s People and Sam Peacock would sit… Continue reading

Hackney Wick Opens it’s doors for the Hackney Wicked Festival 2014

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The Hackney Wicked festival is fast becoming the sort of event that needs to be scheduled into the calender well in advance such is it’s growing appeal.  This year saw crowds unlike festivals of… Continue reading

A Photographic Journey Along Brick Lane by Lewis Phillips

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Brick Lane is at the heart of London’s East End and attracts more than it’s fair share of photographers drawn to the area by it’s unique vibe and eclectic mix of personalities. Leading… Continue reading

Sketching Skyscrapers at One New Change as Part of the Open City Archikids Festival

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This weekend has seen the second outing of the popular Archikids festival.  First trialled last year as a compliment to the regular series of Open City events, the aim of the festival is… Continue reading

John and George a homage to a man and his dog at the Howard Griffin Gallery

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John and George is the story of one man, his dog and the extraordinary story of how he went from living on the street to one of London’s most extraordinary artistic stories. Well… Continue reading

Italian Street Artist Alo prepares for his solo show ‘Hail to the Loser’ at the Saatchi Gallery

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Italian artist Alo has become a regular on London streets over the past two years.  His abstract portraiture having become well known to followers of the street art scene and having already won… Continue reading

Highlights from the Whitecross Street Party 2014

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This years Whitecross Street Party proved to be just as fun and eclectic as it’s previous incarnations.  For Inspiring City it was the third time in a row we’d been here and it… Continue reading

Man Dresses in a Suit made of real Chicken Skin and Walks Around Trafalgar Square

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Many odd things happen in London on a daily basis.  Indeed the diversity of artistic expression in the capital is one of the things that make it great. So when a man decides to… Continue reading

Inspiring Free Stuff to do in London during July 2014

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July is proving to be an exciting month event wise and it looks like Inspiring City is going to be having a busy time getting out and about with the camera. What’s better,… Continue reading

Interview with Artist Mohammed Sami Winner of the Curious Duke Gallery Secret Art Prize

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“People have tried to kill me three times” says Mohammed Sami. Originally from Iraq but now living in Sweden the softly spoken painter has lived through some of the most difficult times in… Continue reading

Art Auction and Village Fete on Brick Lane aims to raise money for Ability Bow

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The terms ‘Village Fete’ and ‘Brick Lane’ are not the sort of terms that get used interchangeably, yet on Sunday 27th July 2014 Brick Lane will be hosting just that, albeit probably without the… Continue reading

Street Artists unite in Shoreditch for Meeting of Styles, the biggest Street Art event of the year

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The worldwide phenomenon that is the Meeting of Styles returned to London this weekend for what is now it’s fifth year. Curated by End of the Line, the Rockwell House based artistic outfit… Continue reading

Norton Folgate and Blossom Street redevelopment by British Land could see destruction of classic 19th century warehouse

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The unique area of Norton Folgate, the little former liberty joining the city with Shoreditch along the Bishopsgate road is to be redeveloped. The proposals include a mixture of plans for the site which… Continue reading

Lucy Sparrow prepares to fit out her Cornershop which launches in Bethnal Green on 1st August 2014

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“I’m going to lie down in a dark room for two weeks and just not move and have someone feed me grapes” dreams Lucy Sparrow as she thinks of the days beyond the… Continue reading

Street Artist Ben Eine Creates ‘The Review’ A Massive Mural in the Heart of London’s Olympic Park

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Ben Eine, the man who made his name painting stylised lettering all around the East End of London has created his biggest mural yet, a 385 metre painting on hoardings close to the… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of London Part 2 Crutched Friars, Holy Trinity Priory, St Helens Priory and Austin Friars

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Following on from my first post featuring some of the lost abbeys, priories and friaries of London, part two looks at the monastic houses from within the City Walls. The reformation was a… Continue reading

Street Artists Boe & Irony Paint a Giant Chihuahua on Chrisp Street in East London

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One of the most random and yet at the same time, exceptional pieces of street art to pop up recently, can now be seen close to the All Saints DLR station, dominating the… Continue reading

Pang, Ben Murphy and Sophie Mason get together to create Morella an Abstract Extravaganza on Hackney Road

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This had been a show that Inspiring City has been looking forward to. Released just over a week ago and closing today it was a last chance to see the collaborative works of… Continue reading

South African street artist Faith 47 returns to London to paint stalking lions and unicorns

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South African street artist Faith 47 has returned to London and once again created a series of spectactular murals. Her art is dynamic, impactful and manages to blend in with the surroundings effortlessly.… Continue reading

Interview with Rugman as he Prepares for Iconink his latest show at the Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich

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“I was just really hairy” laughs Rugman when I ask him where he got his artist name from “seriously, seriously hairy”. Hence Rugman and growing up in Glasgow he still uses his childhood… Continue reading

Interview with Art Map London Founder Jenny Judova as she launches her new Kickstarter campaign

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The first time I meet Jenny Judova she is hosting a discussion. I had decided to attend a launch event for her kickstarter campaign. She wants to raise £1500 so that her website,… Continue reading

Chromatik from Earth Tone Arts gets ready to launch in Clapham at Arch 635

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The latest event from Earth Tone Arts gets ready to launch on Friday 6th June with a spray paint session featuring some of Europe’s top street art talent at Arch 635 in Clapham.… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of the City of London Part 1 – From the Tower to Bedlam and Beyond

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Before the dissolution of the monasteries which took place between 1536 and 1541, London was positively teeming with monastic houses both within and without the walls of the old city. This post looks… Continue reading

Street Artists RUN, Thierry Noir and John Dolan Take Over the Museum of London to Create Huge Mural

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The Rotunda exhibition area of the Museum of London has been taken over with the bank holiday weekend playing host to some of Londons most recognisable street artists. Over the space of two… Continue reading

Interview with Andrea Tyrimos as she Paints Bricks and Prepares for The Roadz her first solo show

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Andrea likes to paint brick. Not on brick, actual brick. The more textured the surface the better. It was a technique she started to work on back in her student days studying art… Continue reading

Save the Bees Project in London culminates with a Paint Party, Music and Free Seeds at Rockwell House

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Campaigning street artists Louis Masai and Jim Vision have joined forces over the past week to raise awareness amongst London’s Eastenders about the dangers posed to Britains Bee population. The issue has been… Continue reading

Paint Jam in East London As Artists Transform Sclater Street and Other Spots Around the City

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We always like a good paint jam here on Inspiring City and when it happens in the middle of your own backyard in the centre of East London’s urban art scene then all… Continue reading

Genesis Cinema in Stepney Green hosts ‘Embraced’ the new show from Kef!

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17th May 2014 – 16th June 2014 Genesis Cinema Mile End Road, Stepney Green Live Painting in the ‘Black and White’ Gallery at 7pm on Saturday 17th May 2014 German Street Artist Kef… Continue reading

Martin Ron’s First Ever European Solo Show Launches at Mead Carney Fine Art in London on May 7th 2014

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Argentine street artist Martin Ron has returned to London to host his first solo European Show. Fresh from the success of his visit to the city last year it looks like the capital… Continue reading

Water Lane in Camden Gets a Street Art Makeover as Boxhead adds to Londons Latest Outdoor Gallery

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These days one of the most exciting places to see street art is in Camden as the sheds and walls around Camden Lock Market continue to be painted at a rate of knots.… Continue reading

Faces in the Tunnel – A Portrait of Art in Leake Street by Lewis Phillips

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One of the fun things about the world of street art is the number of people you meet. It’s a close community and it was because of a shared love of urban art… Continue reading

The Chewing Gum Man Paints a Trail of 400 Mini-Artworks on the Millenium Bridge

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We are on the millennium bridge, St. Pauls dominating one end and the tower of the Tate Modern the other.  In the middle of the bridge lays Ben Wilson, Chewing Gum man, a… Continue reading