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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Rise of the Non-Conformists in Islington

Finishing touches were being made to a new exhibition of street art in Whitecross Street, Islington, yesterday.


The exhibition The Rise of the Non Conformists opened on the 11th July and will run until August 19th.

IMAGE BY WRECKAGE

Whitecross Street and the surrounding area is now crammed with works by over 30 leading urban artists.


Teddy Baden, the curator of the show and a contributing artist told me that the real highlight of the show will be a two-day street party on July 23rd and 24th. There will be live street painting by a host of artists, music, food and family friendly stuff.

One of the artists who will be taking part is Ben Wilson, the artist who paints on chewing gum. I have been a fan of Ben Wilson for a long time but had never seen one of his works for real until Teddy gave me a hint.

In Loving Memory of Linda Bassett - Ben Wilson 2011

Ben Wilson has already contributed to the exhibition with this tribute to Linda Bassett who passed away last year.  "Without Linda this project would not have been possible.  She remains infinitely loved and deeply missed.".

There is work for sale too, with 25% of all proceeds going to SHP, a London-based charity working with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Other partners, supporters and sponsors include The Barbican Centre, Peabody, Islington Council, The London Symphony Orchestra, St Luke’s Community Centre, Travis Perkins and the YMCA.

Teddy and his team must be congratulated on pulling together such a wide range of leading talent and supporters to lay on this wonderful, playful, engaging and totally free event. See you on the 23rd and 24th July!

The author of this blog is a qualified City of Westminster Tour Guide who runs unique walking tours throughout Westminster, see tabs for details.

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