The Street Art & Graffiti Paint Jam For The ‘We Are Croydon’ Block Party

After a little spell away from the scene we here at London Calling Blog were delighted to get back out on the streets for the ‘We Are Croydon’ Block Party put on in St George’s Walk encompassing live music, DJ’s, street performance and an exhibition of local artists – which runs until August 13th – and most importantly for us a total of twenty-three Street Artists and Graffiri writers comprising some of London’s finest painters, as well as a couple of visiting international artists joining the fun, all descending on Croydon’s Arts Quarter for a rather impromptu Paint Jam which we are delighted to say we had the extreme pleasure of organizing.

Certainly an interesting canvas by any stretch, with the rather brutal and domineering 1960’s architecture providing a striking contrast for the many colourful artworks adorning its lower walls. It’s really hard to do so without sounding bias, but for us and we are fairly certain all those involved would agree, a fun time was had by all in attendance. It was a great day with beautiful sunshine, conversation and humour all punctuated and revolving around the magnificent array of artworks we got to see created in this corner of Croydon.

As is often the case we couldn’t do what we do here without the help we receive from the artists and friends we have made along the way and this latest endeavor was no exception. With that in mind  we would like to say thanks firstly and fore-most to all the artists who took part in the Paint Jam, something we can’t say thank you for enough. You all did an awesome job and we couldn’t be happier with the turn out and talent on display.

Additionally thank you to everyone else who turned out and spent the day with us, great to see so many familiar faces through the weekend and share the moment, it was a pleasure for us. Finally, thanks to Spike_ML, Tanya Nash Photography, Street Art Atlas, Wandster, Ch4bear, Kat, Not Banksy Forum, Bablu, Leanderpanda and Line And Wash. Though not present but not forgotten, thanks to M Frenchi for all the support and ideas behind the scenes, this paint jam being no exception. Last but no bit least thank you to Pigment for the help and support with sending Angerami our way. As well as thank you to Fanakapan for sending Cloakwork our way. Much appreciated both of you.

So without further ado we hope you enjoy the images from the day, there are many, but we feel the paint jam deserves it. We probably should say more about the day, but we will let the images below speak for themselves.

Thank You all involved it was a fantastic day and this corner of Croydon certainly looks better for it.

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Starting out first thing Airborne Mark & SkyHigh at work.

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Olivier Roubieu at work.

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Autone, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, Roo & Ali Hamish at work.

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New Art Rioter at work.

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Nerone at work.

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Cloakwork and Ashley Gan at work.

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Work-in-progress by Line And Wash of Cloakwork and Ashley Gan at work.

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Embroidery work by Ashley Gan.

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Nerone, Cloakwork and Ashley Gan at work.

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People enjoying the festivities in St George’s Walk.

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Autone, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark & Roo at work.

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Senor X at work.

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Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh & Roo at work.

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SkyHigh & Roo at work.

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Airborne Mark, SkyHigh, Roo & Ali Hamish at work.

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Angerami, Fanakapan & Seeds One at work with an old piece by Francesco Jacobello going strong in the middle.

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Angerami at work.

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Fanakapan and Seeds One at work.

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Autone at work.

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Ink Fetish at work.

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Ali Hamish at work.

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Airborne Mark at work.

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SkyHigh at work.

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Roo at work.

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Fanakapan at work.

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Nolij at work.

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Toas at work.

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People enjoying the festivities in St George’s Walk.

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Giusi Tomasello at work.

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Seeds One at work.

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Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh & Roo at work.

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Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark & Roo at work.

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Artista at work.

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As night draws in people are still painting and the day ends with Croydon’s Arts Quarter playing host to fantastic exhibition of local talent, live music and partying and not to forget the incredible fresh paint work throughout.

The Finished Pieces:

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Fantastic work by Line and Wash depicting Cloakwork & Ashley Gan at the wall.

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Work by visiting Brazilian artist Angerami, with his first work in London and put up without support from Pigment.

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Fantastic pair of works by Fanakapan and Seeds One which sit so well together on the main road.

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Showstopping work entitled ‘The Creation of Adam’ & based on the most iconic part of Michelangelo’s fresco painting on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, but given that Fanakapan touch by the inspired addition of gloves and a spray can at the centre of creation. Just incredible.

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Detail of work by Fanakapan.

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Detail of work by Fanakapan.

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Great work by Seeds One, the smoke effect around the central figure is so absorbing.

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Detail of work by Seeds One.

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Works by Sterling & Onion.

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Work by Sterling.

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Detail of work by Sterling.

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Work by Onion.

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Detail of work by Onion.

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Works by Sterling & Onion.

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Work by Toas.

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Detail of work by Toas.

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Work by Nolij.

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Detail of work by Nolij.

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Great and funky work from Olivier Roubieu.

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Detail of work by Olivier Roubieu.

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Work by Nerone.

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Work by Nerone.

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Detail of work by Nerone.

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Detail of work by Nerone.

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Works by Nerone & Cloakwork.

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‘Lucie – The Spunky Bae’ – by Cloakwork

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Detail of work by Cloakwork.

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Works by Nerone & Cloakwork.

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Trio of works by New Art Rioter, Giusi Tomasello & Gary Alford.

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Great work by Croydon’s very own New Art Rioter, with for us here her best work to date.

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Detail of work by New Art Rioter.

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Beautiful work bu Giusi Tomasello.

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Detail of work by Giusi Tomasello.

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Work by Gary Alford, which wins the prize with us here for most inspired piece of the day. Due to being short of time Gary Alford decided to paint a tribute to his friend and fellow artist Stik by painting a stick in one Stik’s trademark colour combinations.

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Fantastic work by Perspicere with an excellent addition to his 3D string creations by turning back the top panel to make his string work appear as if it is turning a page.

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Detail of work by Perspicere.

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Detail of work by Perspicere.

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View of works along Katherine Street.

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Old works by Autone & Itaewon on the left and masterfully added to by fresh work by Autone on the large panel to the right.

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An awesome array of works by Autone, Irony, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh, Roo, Artista & Ali Hamish.

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Work by Autone.

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Detail of work by Autone.

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Fantastic work by Irony, with an inspired use of the arches and preexisting bike rails.

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Detail of work by Irony.

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Work by Irony.

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Work by Ink Fetish.

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Detail of work by Ink Fetish.

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‘King Folds Kong’ by Airborne Mark, an excellent piece with so much depth and subtlety about the powerful subject.

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Detail of work by Airborne Mark.

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Excellent work by SkyHigh, just so striking, love the reflection in the eyes.

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Detail of work by SkyHigh.

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Fun-fueled work by Roo.

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Detail of work by Roo.

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Couldn’t resist snapping some unsuspecting victim at this point.

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Ever vibrant work by Artista.

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Detail of work by Artista.

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Detail of work by Ali Hamish.

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Works by Ali Hamish & Senor X.

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‘The Void’ by Senor X, an excellent piece to sit at the end of these arches.

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‘The Void’ by Senor X.

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Detail of work by Senor X.

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A photo opportunity we couldn’t resist stealing from the talented Tanya Nash, sorry and cheers Tanya.

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Superb set of works by Irony, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh, Roo, Artista, Ali Hamish & Senor X.

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Works by Irony, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh, Roo, Artista & Ali Hamish. What is so impressive here for us is not just the calibre of the works across the board, but the sheer range of styles presented by the nine artists who painted these ten arches

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Works by Irony, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh, Roo, Artista & Ali Hamish.

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Works by Irony, Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark & SkyHigh.

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Works by  SkyHigh, Roo, Artista & Ali Hamish.

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Works by Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark, SkyHigh, Roo & Artista.

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Works by Ink Fetish, Airborne Mark & SkyHigh.

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Works by Airborne Mark, SkyHigh & Roo.

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Works by SkyHigh, Roo & Artista.

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Works by Roo & Artista & Ali Hamish.

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What a view in Katherine Street now.

This impressive array of fresh works can be found in the block around St Georges Walk, encompassing Katherine Street, Park Street and Park Lane in Croydon.

2 comments on “The Street Art & Graffiti Paint Jam For The ‘We Are Croydon’ Block Party

  1. Great line up, didn’t get to see all the finished work or artists but what I saw was fantastic! Couldn’t ask for a better or sunnier day!

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