The Fitzrovia Noir Intervention Art Trail will be launched this Saturday, 2 April.
Born out of a project to document the demise of Middlesex Hospital, Fitzrovia Noir is an artists' collective that specialises in putting art in non-gallery spaces and sites undergoing major transition.
The Intervention Art Trail will see contemporary art installed in 25 non-gallery locations. Follow the trail up Charlotte Street, taking in Andrew Jose hairdressers, Palms of Goa restaurant, across into The Surplus Store and Jonathan Quearney tailors on Windmill, back onto Charlotte to Chivers Flowers and Reynolds Café, into residential windows on Scala Street, then Pollock’s Toy Museum and The Hope pub on Whitfield Street, along Tottenham Street, south down Cleveland taking in The Button Shop (on the site of a former home of Charles Dickens and family) and west across Mortimer to Ligne Roset and Mortimer’s Café.
Eyes on the pavement by 28 Tottenham Street, for a miniature artwork by ‘Gum Man’ Ben Wilson.
To celebrate the launch Paul Willetts, author of 'North Soho 999' and biography of legendary Fitzrovian Julian MaClaren-Ross, will lead a free, 90 minute walk around the trail on Saturday 2 April at 2pm. Meet outside The Marquis of Granby, junction of Rathbone Place and Charlotte Street. This will finish in the Wheatsheaf for a book signing and a gathering of artists involved in the project.
Also, on Saturday, once you've got your mits on a copy of the map from any of the participating venues or downloaded from the website, Reynolds Café on Charlotte Street is generously offering you a free coffee to caffeinate you up for the trail ahead.