2019 – A Year at London Calling Blog

First up in our look back at 2019 we thought we would be take a look back at what we have proactively organised and been up to about London and beyond this last year. So where to begin really, street art and blog wise it’s been by and large another fantastic and fun year for us here at London Calling Blog. Its certainly been a busy year for us here starting with the first weekend of the new year and running until the very end of 2019, over which time we are exceptionally privileged to have been able to have been involved in organizing some 80 artworks around London and 2 in Northern Ireland, hitting up walls in Penge, Anerley, Crystal Palace, Selhurst, Stockwell, Streatham Hill, Sydenham and as far afield as Derry over the year.

As is always the case we couldn’t do what we do here without the help we receive from the good friends we have made along the way and this last year was truer than ever as the amount of walls we are asked to paint gradually expands with the invaluable help some people selflessly provided to do whatever it took to make Street Art appear around London and often don’t get the credit they deserve. Thank you to everyone involved in the project so far, artists, business owners and residents, South-East London wouldn’t be looking so good without all your trust, support and time.

Firstly thank you to all the artists for coming down to paint spaces big and small to brighten up walls around the city. Secondly thank you to all the businesses’ as well as to all the residents for providing us with spaces to let the artists work their magic. A big thank you to New Art Rioter for all the help with everything behind the scenes. Big thank you to Kevin for all the help with ladders, buffing and running around Penge and South London so that walls can be painted and people can enjoy it, a lot of what has been achieved about town this last year has been made possible and so much easier through Kevin’s selfless help to the project! Big shout out and thank you to Street Art Atlas for all the help throughout the year from buffing walls to driving us and artists around town, again going above and beyond to help the artists and ourselves out, getting walls painted no matter what obstacles come our collective way. Thank you to London Graffiti for all the support from across the pond in sending international artists our way when they have visited London, South-East London has more than a few excellent additions that wouldn’t of happened with out their kind help. Thank you to CASSA for all their incredible assistance in helping us out with things around Selhurst! Thank you to Network Rail for their help in providing spaces for us to work. Thank you to Alicja and the team at the St Hugh’s Community Centre and Clarion for all their help and trust in the artists and ourselves to start painting spots in St Hugh’s Estate. Thank you to local councilors Angela and Patrick for rallying the local business’ along Anerley Hill in to donating spaces to the expanding project. Thank you to Jane and Tom at Colossive Press for all the help with the tours and stashing paint when needed! Thank you to Beth and Olly who not only provided us with a magnificent spot in Ash Grove but also looked after ourselves and Aspire so well while we set up residency in the garden for a week. Thank you to Community Magazine SE20 for allowing us to share the Art of Penge with the town in their superb publication – which has led to people providing us more spaces to paint. Thank you to Spike_ML, M_Frenchi, Tanya Nash, Portrait Per Day, Loruntomi and everyone else that helped with all the other little tasks that need to occur behind the scenes in order to make this all happen. Your help is immensely appreciated and its only fair to say that SE20 is looking all the much better for all your help. We would also like to add a few thank yous to Lawrence & Ben for providing ladders. To Joseph at the Alexandra, for being so hospitable and helping out with ladders when required. As well as thank you to everyone who lives local or has visited SE20 or anywhere else we have facilitated artwork for taking the time to come down to experience and share some of the work we have been doing in our local area to the wider world. Finally thank you to everyone who has taken the time whilst the artists have been about Penge painting to take the time to say something nice about the art they create for us to enjoy.

Thank you all most sincerely from us here at London Calling Blog, lets see what we can all make happen together next year about town! We really can’t begin to pick favourites from the selection of works below, but we would love to know what yours are in the comments. So without any further ado here is a look back at a year of London Calling Blog in 2019.

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Work by Irony for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by JXC for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by SPZero76 for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by SkyHigh for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Hunto for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Dotmaster for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Aspire for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Mr Cenz for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Aero for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by She for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Woskerski for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Core246 for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Toas for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Nolij for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by DRT for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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Work by Dope for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge..

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Work by Roo for the ‘Anythings Better Than A Blank Wall’ Paint Jam in Penge.

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An amazing turn out for our tour of SprayExhibition20 in memory of Gordon Gibbens and to raise funds for St Christopher’s Hospice from where Gordon made his final Graffiti ventures. We had an amazing turn out with over 50 people joining us for the 4.5 hour walk around Penge in the sunshine, torrential rain and hail stones. People traveled down from Bristol, Edinburgh and even Brussels to enjoy the towns art. We had an amazing day and including some further book sales of copies of ‘How Graffiti Saved My Dad’s Life (At Least for a While)‘ a book about Gordon Gibbens written by his daughter Jane Murphy a total of £377.20 was raised thanks to the generosity of everyone who came along.

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Airborne Mark discussing his work for our tour of SprayExhibition20 in memory of Gordon Gibbens and to raise funds for St Christopher’s Hospice.

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‘Ravenscroft’ by Airborne Mark in Penge placed up ‘In Loving Memory of Gordon Gibbens’ a local truly dedicated photographer who is sadly no longer with us, a friend of Airborne Mark’s and the whole scene. 

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‘Snow Queen’ by Giusi Tomasello in Penge.

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‘In a Silent Way’ by Aspire in Penge.

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Work by Fanakapan in Penge.

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Work by Face The Strange in Penge.

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Work by Face The Strange in Penge.

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Work by Darry Perier in Stockwell.

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Work by Panmela Castro in Stockwell.

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Work by Jane Mutiny in Penge.

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‘Fleeting Dream’ by Aito Kitazaki in Stockwell.

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‘HANA EMI’ by Aito Kitazaki in Penge.

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Work by Sune Nesu in Penge.

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Work by Irony in Anerley.

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Work by 0707 in Stockwell.

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Work by No Title in Stockwell.

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Work by SkyHigh & Irony Selhurst.

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‘The Breach’ by Airborne Mark in Selhurst.

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Work by DRT in Stockwell.

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Work by Irony in Rosemount, Derry, Northern Ireland.

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Work by Irony in Rosemount, Derry, Northern Ireland.

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‘Snazzy Mc Jazzy’ by Impulse in Stockwell.

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Work by 0707 in Stockwell.

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Work by Sr. X in Stockwell.

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Work by Aspire in Stockwell.

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Work by WRDSMTH in Streatham Hill.

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‘Indelible’ by WRDSMTH in Penge.

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‘Nightfall’ by WRDSMTH in Penge.

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‘Psycho’ by TRUST.iCON.

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‘London’s Finest’ by Olivier Roubieu in Stockwell.

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Work by Airborne Mark in Penge.

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Work by Aspire in Anerley.

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‘Botanical Thingamajig’ by Woskerksi in Stockwell.

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Work by Olivier Roubieu in Selhurst.

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Work by Sir92 in Penge.

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Work by Juan2 in Selhurst.

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Work by Maikel Walkman in Selhurst.

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Work by Jane Mutiny in Selhurst.

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Work by HNRX in Selhurst.

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Work by Frankie Strand in Selhurst.

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Work by HNRX in Crystal Palace.

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Work by Jimmy C in Penge.

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Work by DRT, Nathen Bowen, Many Faces & Fink 22 in Selhurst.

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Work by Fink22 in Crystal Palace.

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Work by Sel in Crystal Palace.

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Work by Hunto in Penge.

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Work by Hunto in Anerley.

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Work by Hunto in Anerley.

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Work by DRT in Crystal Palace.

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Work by STRA in Crystal Palace.

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Work by STRA in Crystal Palace.

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‘Keep US Cool’ by STRA in Penge.

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‘Donkey Generation’ by STRA in Penge.

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‘Evolution’ by STRA in Sydenham.

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Work by Krudspen in Penge.

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Work by Spray Saint & Krudspen in Penge.

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Work by Irony in Penge.

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Work by Aspire in Anerley.

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Work by Irony peering over works from Roo & Airborne Mark in Penge.

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Work by Aspire in Crystal Palace.

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‘SEALed’ by Airborne Mark in Anerley.

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Work by Wild Drawing in Penge.

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Work by Aero in Penge.

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Work by Aspire.

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Work by Aspire in Penge.

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Work by Woskerski in Anerley.

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Work by Aspire in Penge.

 

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