Best English Cities For Street Art
Though it doesn’t make the top of the lists often, Birmingham has a rising street art scene that just keeps growing. Work your way away from the city centre and you will discover several noteworthy murals over the city. This place was chosen by none other than Steven Spielberg himself to film scenes from Ready Player One, which demanded an urban look and had several new pieces of street art commissioned for it, some of which featuring cartoon and comic book characters remain. It won’t take you long to find fun, bizarre or personal murals in this multicultural city that celebrates colour.
The seaside town of Brighton known for its modern culture, live music and LGBT scene is unsurprisingly home to a great deal of street art. With locations that include simple fences on the back of housing estates to entire sides of street walls coated in paint, you aren’t going to be deprived of urban art on your visit here. With places like Graffiti street, you know you are in the right place for some bright and colourful murals that feature the likes of superstar artists such as Blek Le Rat, Minty and Sinna.
If you know anything about street art, you will know that superstar stencil maker Banksy calls this south-western town home. This means that you are in the right place to spy some of his trademark black and white creations, but the famed spray can user is not the only person who has left their mark on the walls in this town. Bristol is covered with street art from notable places in the town centre to the derelict buildings and bridges on the outskirts. This place is known for being a Mecca of culture and so it makes sense that artists would flock here to show what they can do. Get ready to see new takes on famous paintings, celebrity faces and psychedelic patterns one after the other.
Of course, the capital of England is a solid bet to find some street art, in large part to a packed population and it being the very top place to launch your career as an artist from, whether you want to paint, play music or act on screen. London’s urban art scene is no different and you may find yourself stumbling across new pieces off the beaten path. Bambi’s can be seen in populated areas like Covent Garden while up and comers are spread wide, often viewed on the train tracks. If you want to maximise your viewing in your time here a great place to take in a huge sample of paint is Brick Lane. This area has quickly become popular with people from several walks of life but is predominantly a place for lovers of street art. You wont just find art outside here as several small galleries have a brick and mortar store here including Stolen Space, owned by artist D*Face. Brick lane is nonstop overlapping art that will take steady observers a good few hours to work their way down.