10,000 expected for Brixton art fair

Urban Art Josephine AvenueEverything from live street art to Arabic calligraphy will be on show in Brixton over the coming weekend in London’s largest annual open-air art fair.
Calligraphy by NushARt
Calligraphy by NushARt

Now in its fifteenth year, the Urban Art fair will see the railings of Josephine Avenue hung with hundreds of pictures while stalls sell street food and drinks.

Some 10,000 visitors are expected and more than 2,000 pieces of art will be on show.

Top graffiti artists, including south London’s Wayne Seales (Wrist 77), will be creating live at a street art area at the Brixton Hill end of the avenue.

Mr Cenz
Mr Cenz, one many street artists who will
create work during the weekend

Not only does the fair offer new and established artists high footfall but affordable exhibition space, it also raises funds for local causes.

This year’s charity partners are Holy Trinity School; Jubilee Primary School; Southside Rehabilitation project; and the Anchor Project. They will get a percentage of sales made during the weekend.

Prices should range from £10 up to £1,000 and painters, printmakers, street artists, photographers and mixed media creators will be selling their wares.

Urban Art Josephine AvenueJosephine Avenue resident and portrait artist Timothy Sutton created Urban Art in 2002. He saw the railings and realised they made the street a natural open air gallery.

“I knew from experience the lack of affordable and credible exhibition space so this was a bit of a no-brainer really,” he says.

Print maker Stefan Gnosspelius, who has been exhibiting since 2002, says: “The atmosphere is always great and the feedback from the public is always very encouraging.

“It’s one of my highlights of the year and one of the reasons I love living in Brixton”.

Harriett Riddell sewing her amazing portraits
Harriett Riddell sewing her amazing portraits

The fair runs from 10am to 6pm on both days. Josephine Avenue starts near the Sainsbury’s at the junction of Tulse Hill and Brixton Water Lane.

More at the Urban Art website

Admiring the work of Alce Harfield
Admiring the work of Alce Harfield


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