Brockley bids for Street Art Festival

As we reported in July, Londonist is looking for a neighbourhood to host the Global Street Art Festival next year. Brockley's been nominated by a local resident and is shortlisted among the big dogs, including Walthamstow, Poplar, Leyton, Stoke Newington and Streatham.

Brockley's pitch by Ian is as follows:

The Brockley/Crofton Park/Honor Oak Park/neighbourhoods of Lewisham in south east London would really benefit from some exceptional street art. The community is diverse, independent-minded, and supportive of the local arts scene. 

Some corners of these neighbourhoods are beginning to thrive due to some great community initiatives but some corners would certainly be improved by inspired mural work. It would certainly be appreciated here more than in some London areas! 

Essentially, I’m proposing art on a strip that runs through three interconnected neighbourhoods — along Brockley Road, from the Brockley Overground, through Crofton Park, to the bottom of Honor Oak Park. Much of the area off this drag is residential and the art would really create a unifying aesthetic on this main road.

Click here to cast your vote. Voting closes on the 12th. If Greater Brockley works together, we can do this.

14 comments:

anon said...

Done! This would be awesome for the area. everyone should vote!

Michael Shaeffer said...

Me too. Get voting peeps.

Paco rib shack said...

Nice idea one thing Lewisham needs is a bit more public art, shame Ladywell isn't included somehow as would be good to get some colour on the walls of the grim bridge. Think the flaw is the voting process, it allows you to vote as many times as you like and doesn't block the same IP address from voting infinite times. So the winner could be the group of people who literally sit all day voting, opening page afresh, voting, opening page afresh etc ad infinitum... Perhaps someone could pay a group of students to do this for a couple of days?

James said...

Wow that's great, legal graffiti that will be inflicted on all whether we like it or not.


I hope the whole community can decide if they want it and not just Ian who has nominated us.


I really hope somebody else wins!

Monkeyboy said...

what EVERYONE? since when does everyone have to endorse any public art? if its a wall owned by someone and they give it permision whats the problem?

Molewife said...

Was on a bus through East Dulwich the other day and saw so much great street art - it really enhances the area. I've voted - I really hope we win!

teahound said...

I've voted too. I think it'd be great to win. Thanks to Ian for nominating and to Nick for publicising it.

Brockley Nick said...

If Brockley were to win, there would be further discussion about which walls, etc, were to be covered. It wouldn't be a free-for-all.

Algernonian said...

I suspect James has never seen real high-quality street art. The street art festival in Bristol is something to behold. The quality of the work and skill of the artists far outweighs anything I've ever seen in a gallery. Truly breathtaking.

pete tank said...

you are joking of course, I was born in bristol - the graffiti visible in many parts of the city is without exception truly dreadful - it's disgraced many elegant (and many inelegant) buildings.
This type of thing is legalised vandalism - lowest common denominator 'artwork' and, because of it's positioning, almost unavoidable. At least with stuff in art galleries you can choose whether or not to see it . . .
I voted for Walthamstow - it's a dump that even graffiti wouldn't brighten up

Algernonian said...

I'm talking about Upfest - a street art festival in Bristol that has only been running a few years - not generic graffiti in and around the city. You obviously haven't been. For most people, graffiti is the horrific tagging and scribbles on anything kids with a can of paint can reach. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm assuming this global street art festival would not be a gang of yoofs let loose with some spray paint, rather highly talented street artists who make a living from their considerable skill.

lord rogers said...

I've been to bristol several times in the past couple of years so I have seen, yes, and that's what cemented my opinion.

Monkeyboy said...

police are appealing for information about this guy http://mumbailaity.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/16460384_300e4fae58.jpg

Ben Oakley said...

Hello we have SNUB coming to do a show in April do you have any walls The show is called SHORT FUSE @ the benoakleygallery.com

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