Anyone who has stopped at Aldgate East in the past few years will have noticed the soaring number of cranes in the area. The City is creeping east, and the new apartments, offices and hotels are slowly edging out the older and more run-down buildings that gave this part of town its uniquely grubby look and feel. More is to come, further north in Shoreditch.
With the seemingly inevitable regeneration and gentrification, east London’s precious street art scene risks losing its home. It won’t be a quick transition but we’ve already seen a lot of big murals lost to the wrecking ball. Only last month we reported on the closure of the car park on Leonard Street, which was home to some of London’s finest street art murals. It's making way for a new development, including a high-end hotel.
We love street art and we think there are plenty of London neighbourhoods that could benefit from a creative mural or two. To this end, we've teamed up with Global Street Art — who have organised over 500 murals since 2012 — to put on a street art festival somewhere in London next year. We don’t know where yet, that’s up to you. Look what was organised in Sydenham last year. What about where you live?
If you think a street art festival would do your neighbourhood good, and you know community groups who are prepared to help, then let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination and a summary of why you think your neighbourhood could benefit in 50-100 words. Nominations in by 5pm on Friday 1 August please.
We'll shortlist the best, most feasible nominations and ask the readers to decide who gets it. Then everyone's invited!
Photos from Sydenham street art festival courtesy of Global Street Art.