Camden street art tour (by Global Street Art)

 

London is renowned for its street art. Mostly around Shoreditch and Brick Lane – I do have my favourite streets there. Camden is getting quite big on this map now, someone told me recently. Camden? To be honest, although that area is the fourth most visited in London by tourists, seeing more than half a million people a week, I usually just go from the tube to the market and from there along the canal. I had no idea where to start.

Nelly, who manages tours for Global Street Art was my saviour. Every day at 11am, she takes a group on an urban safari. A detail worth noting, though: Global street art is not of these tours making money from pointing out murals here and there, surfing on the marketing wave generated by this alternative art form. They work with the communities and international artists to get permission for festival and legal walls, then document the new pieces, putting them forward on social media. From this, the artists may very well get a commission at some point. Win-win.

I had tried a couple tours in Shoreditch but they did not know much more than I did and left me disappointed. Nelly is not just a guide – she is truly passionate and knows the artists. She will tell you which ones came back to repair damage on their piece (Bambi for example on one of her Amy Winehouse portraits, changing the colour from red to yellow as she did. Or Dan Kitchener, since a bright white electric box was placed right in front of his colourful painting, disguising the two obvious squares). That Otto Schade makes his ribbon drawings from just one ribbon from start to finish. She will show you pieces so well camouflaged on the way you would never have noticed them although they are in plain sight – like the interactive game by SAKI&Bitches, four modern pin ups, each part of the body rotating, allowing you to create new characters – it’s right there at a pedestrian crossing close to the market. You will learn that Louise Masai only paints endangered species. That C3’s gorgeous faces are self-portraits. That Alanizart does not use scaffolding but a roll with a very long handle. Who is a hobbyist or a full time artist.

And so, taking hundreds of pictures, we marvelled at the richness of the neighbourhood. Given that street art can survive years or merely days, it’s comforting to keep a souvenir, just in case. Camden is being redeveloped with luxurious apartments, things are moving fast. Himbad’s house below was destroyed the day after my visit. The walls are falling – new ones will have to be found…

Back to where we started, it seemed impossible that two hours had already gone by. So many images to process! You really need to plan time afterwards to retrace your steps. Nelly smiles – you’ve only seen half of it, she says! Amazing the friendliness you feel for the street artists without even meeting them. I’ll be back. Not only to see the new pieces but because she’ll tell me more about them.

 

 

Global street art – Camden street art tours

 

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