This September, Croydon hosted RISEfestival, London’s newest and largest international urban art festival.
RISEfestival curated by @Monoprixx, @Wherethereswalls and RISEGallery, is a celebration of the globally recognised movement that is urban art. In a short time, this increasingly popular art form has not only caught the imagination of people around the world but has grown its identity with visual diversity at an incredible rate. It is becoming harder to find a town or city in any part of the world that doesn’t feature some form of urban or street art.
As the organisers state, Urban art prides itself on being for the people because it isn’t confined to the constraints of interior walls that are often hidden inside a museum or gallery. Due to the work being on display in the streets – 24/7 – urban art is not only accessible to all but continues to evolve organically at an amazing rate. Those who know have seen how urban art can build a sense of place for an area, also helping to affirm its identity. This kind of art can truly reflect and represent its community, with a diverse approach that means most people will find something that they find aesthetically pleasing.
For its first edition artists from countries all over the world showcased their work there, and murals popped up in and around the town centre. The artists line up featured 60+ artists from 12 countries including Aida Wilde, RUN, BKFoxx, Phlegm Dotmasters, Cityzen Kane, Sickboy, Ghaleb Hawila, Love Pusher Doudou’Style and many more!
It was so well received by the locals that it is now planned as an annual event! The RISEFestival was packed with activities such as graffiti workshops and street art tours. This is one of the first time a council backed a street art Festival in London and this was the very first International event of its kind in the city. For more info, there is also an app which is called Rise Festival.
A number of unique pieces have been created, check them out below.
All photos courtesy of Monoprixx.