Street Art hits Josephine Avenue!
The event was created in 2002 by Josephine Avenue resident and portrait artist Timothy Sutton who saw the railings in the street and realised it was a natural open air gallery. ‘I knew that local artists were desperate to find places to show their work and this seemed an obvious solution. ‘Without local volunteers and the help of the artists this event would never have happened so it just goes to show what a little people power can do.’
International print maker Stefan Gnosspelius, who has been exhibiting since 2002, added: “This event gives first time artists a unique chance to exhibit at an affordable price and get their work shown. The atmosphere is always great and the feedback from the public is always very encouraging. It’s one of my highlights
of the year and one of the reasons I love living in Brixton”.
Over 2,000 pieces of work will be on display from over 170 artists ranging from the novice to the established, and with prices to match this is an event for all art lovers, whatever the budget. Prices range from under £10 to over £1,000 so this is a great opportunity to buy direct from a wide range of artists including painters, printmakers, street artists and photographers.
Now celebrating its twelfth year, this well established event provides:
– Affordable and credible exhibition space for new and established artists.
– A creative showcase for South London artists.
– Fund raising for local causes including their 2013 charity partners Holy Trinity School, Jubilee Primary School and the Southside Rehabilitation centre, all of whom will receive a percentage of the sales made during the weekend.
Every year the event gets bigger and better, and for 2013 they are teaming up with Positive Arts to open up a whole new area dedicated to Street Art, the centre-piece being a London Underground Train that will be painted during the weekend by some of the best known names on the scene including Mr Cenz, Solo One and Tizer. In addition to this there will be 9 more giant paintings being created live from special guest artists from all over the globe.
Additional attractions for Urban Art 2013 include the mouth watering selection of food stalls selling Mexican, Spicy Caribbean and Indian wraps, and the pedestrianised gallery area. With the Evening Standard listing them as one of the top 50 reasons for loving South London, and 10,000 visitors expected, Josephine Avenue promises to be the destination event this Summer. For more information, please visit www.urbanart.co.uk