If you think of street art in London, which area springs to mind? Shoreditch or Brick Lane, perhaps? Camden? You might not have considered Brockley, a south-east London enclave with the leafy feel of a suburb, but which lies on the zone 2/3 border, only 20 minutes away from the South bank and Tate Modern.
If you like street art, you should gen up on the area, pretty quickly.
From the 2nd to the 10th of June 2017, the third Brockley Street Art Festival will run alongside long-standing community arts festival Brockley Max. Brockley has always had an artistic feel, with Goldsmith’s University, just down the road at New Cross, churning out an alumni of artists, musicians, actors and writers, many of whom choose to settle in the local area. It’s a place that’s spawned raw talent like poet/songwriter Kate Tempest, and whose creative energy will be further boosted next year with the opening of Goldsmiths’ new Centre for Contemporary Art.
Brockley has a long history of street art. There has been a portrait of Bob Marley just outside the station for forty years. It was later joined by Maya Angelou; when the pair were destroyed as part of a redevelopment around the station, a new Marley picture was commissioned from Dale Grimshaw.
A stroll around the streets of Brockley, as well as neighbouring Ladywell and Crofton Park, will also throw up fresh, new treasures by the likes of Dan Kitchener, Disk and Insa.
Since Londonist teamed up with Global Street Art in 2015 to set up a local street art festival in London, and Brockley won the public vote, a dedicated team of volunteers has been working hard to gain permission for shutters, walls and even houses to be decorated.
During the festival itself, several artists will be at work on newly acquired spaces. Mr Cenz (Julian Phethean), Keone, The Doodle Man and local arts collective Gourmandizing, among others, will create original artworks.
which can be seen on one of the festival’s walking tours (see the website for booking details). A family version of the tour is available. For those who prefer the adult route, the tour ends in the Brockley Brewery.
I was taken on a preview of the festival tour. Here are a few more of the artworks that caught my eye.
Brockley Street Art Festival runs from 2-10 June 2017. For more information, see their website.
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