For the past few weeks, Croydon, a city located south of London, has been launching the first edition of the yearly Croydon Rise Festival, a celebration of UK and international urban art.
Curated by @Monoprixx, @Wherethereswalls and RISEGallery, this celebration is rapidly becoming London’s largest international urban art festival with some of the world’s leading urban artists from around the globe, adding even more colour to the Croydon skyline.
Sixty new murals have been added to the already vibrant streets of Croydon, as well as a number of new installations in and around the town centre.
Some of the participating artists include: Aida Wilde, Agent Provocateur, BK FOXX, C3, Combo CK, Dr.D, Dotmasters, Gualeb Haliwa, Hayley Welsh, Inlove__streetart, My lifein Yellow, Phlegm, Prefab77, RUN, Saroj Patel, ShakT artist, Sickboy, 5kyh1gh, Whatsisname, Wunda Boi, Zedforty40 and more…
In addition, the festival also hosted a series of free events from live music, workshops, walking tours, independent film screenings and a block party with DJs.
As a true free open air museum, here is a recap of the murals and installations by international and local artists.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of RISE Gallery said: “We’ve been driving public art in Croydon for the last four years, and Croydon is now hosting a truly international festival celebrating that. The festival will really solidify Croydon’s position on the international urban art scene as one of the key places in Europe to visit for street art.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, Croydon Council cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport said: “This festival marks another big step in changing perceptions of Croydon through the calibre of events we’re hosting, and by leading the way for London on urban art.”
Croydon Council Cultural Director Paula Murray said: “I’m so pleased at the mix we have in this year’s festival – combining local, national and international talent, and showcasing artists from diverse backgrounds, and particularly women working in street art.”
Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon BID, said: “The urban art festival will attract people from all walks of life, offering visitors to Croydon a more vibrant experience in the town centre.”
The festival is supported by Croydon Council, Croydon BID, The Arts Council and HUB.