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It’s April. Here’s a #KickUpTheArts for you.
Us Hackney locals are swamped with great arts and culture right on our doorsteps. From the Hackney Empire to the Geffrye Museum, the V & A Museum of Childhood to the Arcola Theatre and the Whitechapel Gallery, we really are spoilt.
But for me, so much of the best art the borough has to offer is on its streets. I don’t fully agree with Banksy when he said, “the worst place to see art is in Museums”, but he definitely has a point. When we look at art in the context of other art, we’re influenced by how the gallery has positioned the work and by what surrounding pieces are saying too. When it comes to streetart, it’s BOOM, in your face, we’re either visually arrested, or we move on.
Artists like Stik, Stinkfish, AKAJimmyC and Zabou have made this borough their gallery. Their art is everywhere - not just in the hotspots of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hackney Wick, but in Haggerston, under the railway arches in Bethnal Green and in side streets off Dalston Lane. It’s ever-changing, emotionally charged and it’s FREE for all to enjoy.
|Stinkfish, under the arches, Cambridge Heath Road|
5 easy places to see street art in Hackney (with kids)
Hackney Road - Walk from Cambridge Heath Station to Columbia Road, stop for a break at Hackney City Farm.
|ItsArtista (main) and various artists, Hackney Road|
Dalston Lane - From Amhurst Road to Dalston Junction, there’s graffiti at the old Boy’s Club, a Stik above the shops, a tiny alley opposite that’s wall to wall ace and the now iconic peace mural is outside the Eastern Curve Garden - the perfect place to end up.
|Stik, Dalston Lane|
(by the way, this twitter account is BRILLIANT for everything Wick-related)
|The Rolling People, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick|
|Various artists, Brick Lane|
The Arts Crusader⚡️