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Preview:London Mural Festival 2020

by Luke Pettican

Bringing sensational street art & more to the public in an accessible and engaging fashion.

Excitingly, street art can be found almost everywhere in London. Areas like Shoreditch, Soho, and sort of surprisingly, Croydon are filled with work from some of the capital’s best street art. London is also awash with some incredible memorial street art, representing London’s rich cultural history. A couple of notable examples include the poignant David Bowie in Brixton and the array of Amy Winehouse tributes that are spread across Camden.

Despite, London’s reputation for stunning street art, the capital hasn’t been lucky enough to host a large-scale festival until now. The first-ever London Mural Festival will take place in September 2020; with a minimum of 20 brand-new large-scale murals being planned across the capital. Additionally, the festival will celebrate the momentous nature of their inaugural year with a weekend of activity spread across Here East and Hackney Wick.

Furthermore, the London Mural Festival will also feature a two-week programme of activities starting on the 1st of September 2020. Activities that will form a fundamental part of the festival include talks, workshops, film screenings, gallery shows and street art tours.
Speaking of the festival, Laura Citron (CEO of London & Partners) shared, “Culture and the arts are synonymous with London, and it’s the number one reason that visitors come here. The London Mural Festival is a fantastic innovative addition to our cultural landscape and really puts London in the spotlight as a dynamic and creative city”.

To celebrate the announcement of the London Mural Festival a brand-new 350m squared mural, created by artist Gary Stranger, was unveiled at Linkcity’s Hallsville Quarter in Canning Town. The artwork encompasses the phrase “From The Ground Up”, proudly exemplifying the community-driven ethos of the team behind the London Mural Festival.

Art is for everyone, and there’s no better medium than street art for making art accessible to all. While public art like the Thames’ illuminated River and Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth are accessible, their origins are still rooted in inaccessibly elusive organisation. In many ways, street art democratises the public exhibition of art, and the very nature of the medium arguably plays a crucial part in the art itself.

The London Mural Festival is organised by Global Street Art, who do incredible work across 100 countries. Impressively, since 2012 they’ve managed to help organise over 2,200 legal murals in London alone. Crucially, as an organisation, they’ve managed to perfectly interweave their determined ambition with an unmistakable sense of creative collaboration.

With confirmed artists such as Mr Cenz, Mr Doodle and Ben Eine already set to contribute to the festival, it’s almost certain to include some absolutely unmissable pieces of art. The organisers’ enthusiastically energetic and awe-inspiring ambitious approach to complementing the festival’s street art with interrelated activities looks set to make the London Mural Festival one of the Capital’s most-anticipated events next year.
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