Ice creams, sun-dried sandwiches and spray cans were all out in force on Saturday 17th June which saw the official unveiling of our open-air art gallery. We had a DJ, football for the kids and plenty of painting going on. A great day was had by all, and at the centre of it all was a wall.
We’ve taken the rear wall of Attic Self Storage King’s Cross and, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, turned it into a unique space where artists can express themselves and the local community can have a say about which artworks stay and which ones get painted over.
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Brazilian Artist and Illustrator Caio Beltran works on his contribution at the UK's first bookable interactive art space in King's Cross, London June 18th, 2017. The giant public canvas is a wall of the Attic self-storage facility on York Way, and via a web app art lovers can vote for a piece to remain or be removed and repainted.
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This was originally nothing but a dull grey wall smeared with graffiti tags overlooking the 5-a-side football pitches on Market Road. But with a little vision, a splash of inspiration and lots of elbow grease from local artists it’s being transformed into something quite remarkable.
This is London’s first bookable public art space. It’s 65 metres long and 5 metres high – one of the most impressive blank canvasses you’re ever likely to see. There are currently 7 spots available to book and paint. And the space is filling up very nicely with a dazzling variety of artworks.
Already on the wall we have London-based Spanish street/visual artist, Boxhead; fine artist Steve Russell; and Caio Beltrao Sposito who has contributed a piece called ‘I See Colours In You’, a vibrant 12 x 5 metre mural.
We’re pleased to say that other artists are already queuing up to get involved. Booked to paint we have Vanesa Longchamp, Matthew Wang and Vhils. We can’t wait to see what they’re going to contribute. We’ve even roped in a local paint recycling company to help supply the raw materials that they need to make their mark.
This is all part of Attic Self Storage’s commitment to improving the local environment and having a positive impact on the communities that we serve.
We are indebted to Central Saint Martins who have coordinated the whole affair. Special thanks go to the Director of University of Arts London’s Design Against Crime Research Centre, Professor Lorraine Gamman. And a great big shout out, high-five and back slap to Project designer and Research Fellow at UAL, Marcus Willcocks who is actively managing the whole project. Well done Marcus.
Walls so often divide us, but this one is different. We’re building a bridge between artists and the local community. If you want to find out how you can get involved, book a space or have your say, please go to www.marketroadgallery.org
If you’d just like to visit the gallery and marvel at the art on display, please nip into Attic Self Storage on York Way and we’ll be only too pleased to help you gain admittance. Tours are free, of course.
Our thanks go to Julian Dyer for his inspired and ingenious thinking on how to make use of our “big wall open-air canvas”, and facilitating the meeting with Central Saint Martins to initiate the project.
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