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

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