Announced today, the first ever London Mural Festival (LMF) will take place across London in September 2020. The festival sets out to use London as a vast canvas, painting a minimum of 20 new large-scale murals across the city, accompanied by a weekend of activity at Here East and Hackney Wick in East London. The weekend will celebrate creative communities across the city, whilst introducing a new way for people to experience one of the world’s biggest art movements.
To mark the announcement and to demonstrate the ambition for London Mural Festival, a new 350m squared mural was unveiled at Hallsville Quarter in Canning Town, creating one of the largest murals in the city. The artwork created by artist Gary Stranger entitled ‘From The Ground Up’ embodies the ethos behind the London Mural Festival, the do-it-yourself spirit within street art culture and development in the local area.
Gary Stranger commented “I’m excited for the London Mural Festival. The team behind it are working hard to make it happen, so now London can take its rightful place on the stage of global mural festivals. This is the first wall of many I’m hoping to see pop-up across the city ahead of the London Mural Festival in September 2020.”
The London Mural Festival will feature a two-week programme of activities starting on 1st September that will include talks, workshops, film screenings, gallery shows, street art tours – culminating with 100+ artists painting alongside live music, DJ’s and a series of parties for a weekend of activity on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September.
The festival will showcase art from local, national and international talent. Confirmed artists include Ben Eine, Camille Walala, Dale Grimshaw, Fanakapan, Gary Stranger, Mr. Doodle, Mr. Cenz, Pref and Seb Lester, with a whole host of artists to be announced over the coming months. Applications for artists will open in 2020 but interested participants are urged to sign-up to the newsletter on www.londonmuralfestival.com to be the first to know when the application process opens.
Lee Bofkin, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Street Art, the organisation behind the London Mural Festival commented “Over the last 50 years graffiti and street art has matured as an art-form and subculture, giving rise to a major global mural movement. Mural festivals have been established in major cities around the world, but not London. Until now.”