We would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who turned out for the 5 hour marathon free street art tour we led around Penge! We had a lovely time sharing 70 of the towns 200 artworks with you all.
We have to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated today towards replacing the equipment lost in the fire - including all the people who attended who we know had previously donated.
In our ask for £700 on Go Fund Me, we have generously being donated over 5 times that! £3,040 has been donated via Go Fund Me and a further £746 has been donated at the recent open days and during our tour.
We are absolutely humbled by the scene's and local community's response to our time of need. This project around SE20 has always been For the People, By the People, and that's more true than ever!
Thank you to everyone who has shared, reached out and been incredibly generous with the donations. The project won't even break stride thanks to you all. We at London Calling Blog will remain eternally grateful as to just how much people appreciate what we do and how much they want it to continue.
Thank you also to our band of ever-merry helpers, the project wouldn't be wear it is without @bullieboy @streetartatlas and @janegibbensmurphy selfless help on a regular basis! Thanks guys!
Lastly, thanks to everyone who posed for this wonderful shot from @streetartatlas!
Some of you may have already heard, this week the storage unit where we kept our equipment experienced a fire. Frankly, It’s hit us hard. We’ve lost virtually everything (painting equipment, ladders, dust sheets etc). The collection had been built up over seven years via donations or purchased by ourselves. We used it to support artists' creative oppurtunities, and in turn brigthen up our home town.
We’re not going to let this stop us from continuing to paint SE20, but until we can gather replacements it does significantly limit what we can do.
To help us get back on our feet, we will be running a street art tour on Sunday the 14th May 2023. As always, admission is free to all, but this time we will have donation buckets set up if you would like to help us in recuperating.
Any amount would mean the world to us, and we can’t wait to see you all there.
If you can’t make it to the tour but would like to make a donation, we also have a gofundme here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/replace-our-painting-equipment-lost-in-a-fire
Sunday 14th May
The tour will be commencing at 10am from Penge East Station where we will be discussing many of the 200 artworks currently up for our #SprayExhibition20 community Street Art Project around Penge and Anerley.
We are an unfunded, non-profit art group sharing our passion for Street Art around our home town of Penge. Working with artists and residents to shape and manage public spaces to brighten the area and the lives of the people who live here.
Independent of business or council organisations we volunteer our time and energy to create a public platform for the love of the art, free from the influence of advertisers and marketers.
Established in January 2015, we have created a brilliant landscape of local and international murals in and around the Penge area. So far we have facilitated over 700 Street Art works across south London.
Do you have a public wall space that could use some brightening up? A gable end that needs a mural? Donate your wall to the project here.
Big thank you to all the wall owners, artists and volunteers who contributed to the project in 2022! With your help we opened 55 mural locations and facilitated the creation of 493 public artworks!
Penge on the news! Big thanks to the BBC for coming out and seeing what we've been doing in Penge.
We had the privilege of being invited on to BBC Radio London by Salma El-Wardany to discuss London's street art scene, it's history and where some of the best pieces to go and see art around the capital.
MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who turned out in the cold and those who stayed for our almost 7 hour street art tour marathon in memory of Gordon Gibbens. Thanks to your support we raised £258 for the St.Christopher Hospice on Lawrie Park Rd. If you would like to donate, Gordon's daughter and son-in-law are still selling their wonderful publication 'How Graffiti Saved My Dad's Life (At Least For A While) - via https://colossivepress.bigcartel.com All proceeds from the book go to St.Christopher's from where Gordon made his final graffiti photographing ventures.
Thank you Gordon, for supporting and sharing the art in Penge from the very beginning
" Absolutely beautiful love love love them makes Penge beautiful thank u all u artists x "
" I’ve seen a couple of these by accident and didn’t realise there were so many. Absolutely brilliant."
" Well done, what you’ve achieved in Penge is fantastic. I’ve enjoyed watching the artists and exploring SE20. It’s even better now I know that Penge East is only 12 minutes from Brixton. "
"Love the artwork really brightens up the place"
Our project spans the whole Penge area, Including Anerley and Crystal Palace.
Travelling by train? Penge West station on the National Rail & Overground Lines is a great place to start. From there you can walk east down Penge High Street where a lot of the art is located.
For the exact locations please check out our Charity Art Tour page.
Penge, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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