Urban Art in the open air

6 July, 2017

Written by: Tim Sutton, Urban Art

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Brixton showcases a wealth of creative talent and affordable art at London’s largest annual open-air art fair.

Urban Art Fair 8 & 9 July 10am to 6pm Josephine Avenue SW2

There’s free entry to an amazing selection of artists’ work all along the pavements using railings on both sides of road as an open air gallery. It is a fantastic opportunity to see original pieces, talk to artists face to face, and learn the creative processes behind them.

Pictures, people and prices

Over 1,000 pieces of work will be on display from over 100 artists, from the novice to the established. Prices 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. This is an event for all art lovers, whatever the budget.

Sales and fundraising

Now celebrating its sixteenth year, this event provides:

  • Affordable, credible exhibition space for new and established artists.
  • A creative showcase for South London artists.
  • Fundraising for local causes. This year, Holy Trinity School, Jubilee Primary School, Southside Rehabilitation project and the Anchor Group will receive a percentage of sales made during the weekend.

Art plus food

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 of this summer. Additional attractions include our mouth-watering selection of food stalls – Hot Mexican, Spicy Caribbean, Healthy Smoothies and amazing coffee.

The original artists

Urban Art was created in 2002 by Josephine Avenue resident and portrait artist Timothy Sutton who 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.’

International print maker Stefan Gnosspelius, who has been exhibiting since 2002, added: “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”.


Examples of the art can be found at the Urban Art website.

Urban Art wish to thank Jardine Lloyd Thompson and Veolia Environmental for their support

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