Croydon is undergoing a lot of redevelopment at current, which will continue over the coming years, however one positive aspect of this is the creation of the new Arts Quarter in Croydon. There are currently six pieces in the sector with plans to have 120 painted over the coming year, which will be changed on a rotation basis.
This Sunday Femme Fierce will be in Croydon as a prelude to their main event scheduled on 8th March at the Leake Street Tunnel, for International Woman’s Day. Femme Fierce is an all female street art community from all over the world and is the product of the very diligent work of festival organizer Ayaan Bulale. Femme Fierce launched last year at Leake Street on International Woman’s Day and achieved success with entering the Guiness Book Of World Records for the largest spray paint mural created by a team as well as drawing in a crowd of 25,000 people throughout the day to witness the event, all done to promote awareness and raise money for Breast Cancer.Care. This year Femme Fierce Reloaded will be back at Leake Street on March 8th, as well as hitting Croydon on Sunday 15th February as a warm up, with plans to paint some 60 pieces across the walls, shutters and hoardings that comprise the Arts Quarter. So as a prelude to the weekends paint jam, of which I shall certainly be in attendance and reporting back on, I thought i would share with you the existing pieces to be found in The Quarter.
Stunning work by Gnasher.
Close up of the left shutter from Gnasher.
On the left of the Gallery you will see this delightful piece from local artist Mr Cenz.
On the other side of the Gallery can be spied this piece from UK female artist Artista, of whom i don’t know whether she will be in attendance at the Femme Fierce paint jam this weekend, but is certainly signed up for the main event on March 8th.
Piece from Eska & Morgazmik in St Georges Walk.
Also in St Georges Walk is this piece from Brazilian artist Decolife.
Dan Kitchener’s ‘Blurred Lines’ on Park Street, added just last weekend and (covered here).
On Tamworth Road at the Steel Point Tattoo shop can be seen this beautiful piece, again from Gnasher, and is well worth the 10 minute detour from the Arts Quarter to see.