LondonistHighlights Of 1,000 Murals Organised By Global Street Art
It’s been three years since Global Street Art (GSA) started and already it has organised 1,000 murals painted by hundreds of artists across London and beyond — in fact the organisation has been responsible for over half of the murals in the Brick Lane area since 2012.
GSA's CEO and co-founder Lee Bofkin tells Londonist: "When we started there was no plan, just a notion of wanting to support art and artists, which is still very much at the heart of what we do. Most days someone is out painting a space we look after — think of it more as gardening than curating."
That same spirit was especially evident at the recent Brockley Street Art Festival, which came about through support from Londonist and Brockley organisations.
Bofkin adds: "We don’t mark the walls we look after so walking around the streets of east London you might not know how facilitators like us work with artists but it’s a story with good lessons. The notion is that street art doesn’t need anyone like us — it doesn’t need anything. It’s a culture that self-sustains because artists want to paint and will find their own walls. However, when you make it easier for artists to go out and do what they do best the city benefits because there’s more art."
In the gallery above, Bofkin takes us through some of his favourite murals from the last three years.