Street Art has many forms, different techniques have evolved to suit different artistic strategies and different environments. Stencilism is most closely associated with street art’s emergence in the early to mid 2000s thanks mainly to Banksy and the many artists he influenced and inspired. Muralism, on surfaces ranging from building site hoardings to massive end gable walls has come to dominate the public’s awareness of street art over the past ten years. Street art is most profound as an outlet for the unsung, the outsider, the radical and the romantic and the most convenient format for unauthorised street art is the paste up – images on paper glued to external surfaces.
On the heels of London’s first Mural Festival last year, 2021 brings The London International Paste Up Festival. 100s of pasteup street art pieces over 6 locations featuring many artists seen in London for the first time and many old favourites.
The formal opening night takes place this Thursday 4th November at The Hoxton Gallery and the festival runs until Sunday the 7th. On Sunday I will be leading a free tour of the paste up locations and the art will remain visible for viewing for varying lengths of time depending on the location.
The full schedule can be seen below and you can check their Instagram for any updates including information about the concluding tour.
All photos Dave Stuart (except the LIPF program)