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

The Creative Bubble from the Street Art Agency Launches in London Bridge

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The next series of events from the Street Art Agency following the hugely successful Femme Fierce takes place this week in London Bridge as they team up with Incandescant Artists for the first… Continue reading

Australian Artist RONE visits London paints Hanbury Street and puts on a Show at Stolen Space

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The East End of London has a reputation for attracting the very best international talent and the location of the Stolen Space Gallery on Osborne Street certainly helps with that. Last year Rone,… Continue reading

Street Art Fine Art the Book Documenting the Growth of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Launches in Soho

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The Dulwich Outdoor Gallery is a unique project and now there is a unique book to accompany it. ‘Street Art Fine Art‘ by Ingrid Beazley is the culmination of a journey which has… Continue reading

Roys People Hides Little Guys in Covent Garden as Part of the Big Issue Little Man Hunt

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Late on Tuesday evening when the revellers are drinking up and about to stagger towards the tube is not the time I normally find myself entering Covent Garden. But the location and the… Continue reading

Thierry Noir Returns to London for A Retrospective at the Howard Griffin Gallery

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Currently at the Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch, the popular French artist Thierry Noir has returned to London for his first solo show, ‘Thierry Noir: A Retrospective’ having previously visited the city the… Continue reading

Free Paint for Artists and Community Groups in Hackney from the Forest Recycling Project

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Out of 330 million litres of paint sold in the UK every year, over 50 million are unused. That, by the way, equates to the filling of 20 Olympic sized swimming pools. It’s… Continue reading

First Weekends at the Boilerhouse in Trinity Buoy Wharf one of Londons Hidden Treasures

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Trinity Buoy Wharf is an undiscovered gem. Nestled within its own little peninsula, it sits on the Thames overlooking the dominant 02 Arena and at the junction where the great river meets the… Continue reading

Welcome to the World of the Miniature as Roy’s People prepares for ‘Street Life’ his first Solo Show

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It’s amazing just how much love the little people get! Inspiring City has been out and about with many an artist but never before have so many people wanted to stop and talk… Continue reading

The Street Art Sheds of Camden Market One of North Londons Funkiest Art Projects

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Camden is a pretty cool and vibrant place at the best of times. Already it plays host to some of the best nightlife, music, shopping and food around as the crowds scrabbling to… Continue reading

Charity Depaul Teams Up with Street Artists to Tell Stories of Homelessness in the East End

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Popping up in the East End of London recently have been a series of impactful and powerful murals each one telling a real story of homelessness in the City. The project led by… Continue reading

Curious Duke Gallery team up with Be Smart About Art and launch the Secret Art Prize

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London’s hippest little urban art gallery, the Curious Duke has a secret and it’s a secret that won’t last for long as they launch their search for a new gallery star. Located on… Continue reading

An Alternative Photographic Journey through the Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel for Femme Fierce

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Last week’s Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover provided more than enough photographic opportunities to keep me busy for a while. The tunnel always attracts artists but never quite as many at one time… Continue reading

Hannah Adamaszek and Zabou team up to Paint Foxes and Steely Eyed Women in Dalston

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I do enjoy a good collaboration, even more so when it involves two friends of this blog who randomly decide to get together, go outside and find a shutter. French artist Zabou has… Continue reading

Female Artists Take Over the Leake Street Tunnel in Waterloo and Paint it Pink for International Womens Day

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The famous Leake Street Tunnel in the arches underneath Waterloo Station has never seen anything quite like this. It’s previously dark graffiti daubed walls had been turned bright pink by over 100 female… Continue reading

Interview with Artista as She Talks Toast and Prepares for her Group Show at the Cre8 Gallery

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The current character of choice is toast! Literally, it’s toast! Flying toast, toast with cheese, toast on cardboard, toast is everywhere and is the latest in the production line of fun cartoony characters… Continue reading

Post for the Curious: Curio-City opening at Curious Duke Gallery

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Originally posted on Dutch Girl in London:
Last week I joined kindred curious spirits and head off for the opening of the Curio-City exhibition at the Curious Duke Gallery (CDG). This group exhibition…