Brixton’s unique open-air art show back in July

paintings displayed in open air

London’s largest annual open-air contemporary arts fair returns to Brixton’s Josephine Avenue for the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July from 10am to 6m.

The usual amazing free exhibition of work will run the length of both sides of the road, using the railings as an open-air gallery.

Visitors can not only view original pieces, but also talk to the artists face to face and learn about the creative processes behind them.

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Celebrating its twentieth year, the event provides:

Affordable and credible exhibition space for new and established artists.

A showcase for local artists.

Fundraising for local causes which this year are 

All of them will receive a percentage of sales made during the weekend.

More than 1,000 pieces of work from around 100 artists will be on display, ranging from the novice to the established and with prices to match. “This is an event for all art lovers, whatever the budget,” said organiser Timothy Sutton.

Prices will range from under a tenner to over £1,000, so this is a great opportunity to buy direct from a wide range of artists including painters, printmakers, street artists, photographers and mixed media examples of which can be found at

volunteers wearing art show t-shirts
Volunteers at last year’s Urban Art

“With the Evening Standard listing us as one of the top 50 reasons for loving South London, and 10,000 visitors expected, Josephine Avenue promises to be the destination event this Summer,” said Timothy.

“Additional attractions for Urban Art 2023 include our mouth-watering selection of food stalls to sustain hungry art lovers, including spicy Caribbean, tasty treats and some amazing coffee.”

Josephine Avenue resident and portrait artist Timothy Sutton created Urban Art in 2002. He saw the railings in the street and realised it was 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 said.

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