The RISEgallery has become a firm favourite in Croydon for those seeking some cultural inspiration – and this September once again promises to be a month that delivers exceptional inspiration with the fantastic “RISEfestival”. This urban art event will be taking over the streets of Croydon until 15th September with a whole host of events to tickle your artistic taste buds.
Celebrating the globally recognised movement that is urban art, the gallery is delighted to support and showcase the numerous talents of the international artists who have earned an enviable reputation in their field. They’re the artists known for pushing boundaries by showing exceptional creativity with the range of visual styles and techniques used in this increasingly popular art form. The urban art movement has made art accessible to all – gone are the constraints of art galleries and museums. With urban art on display 24 hours a day on the city streets depicting a contemporary style that reflects a community, urban art is growing in popularity, and the murals and graffiti we see all over the streets of Croydon places our community right at the heart of this growing visual art form.
RISEfestival is on all this week and there are a number of events you can join in with to ensure you’re part of it. Many of the events are free to attend but they are ticketed, so don’t forget to register your attendance. Click here to register your email address or take a look at the individual events and reserve your place.
Events include workshops similar to those we saw during Warhol month in September 2017. You’ll be able to choose from Calligraphy workshops hosted by Lebanese artists, Stencil art workshops and Graffiti workshops. Be sure to join in one of the walking tours running this week where you’ll see and learn all about the 60 new murals being painted in Croydon during the festival. It’s also super exciting that some of the guided tours will be taking place as the artists are working their magic, so you may even get to meet a few of them too and see them creating their masterpieces in real time! There are film viewings and an evening of talks with Artists, Curators and other super interesting folks, including Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, Owner and Founder of RISEgallery.
And if you visit the RISEgallery Facebook page you can see some of those fab new pieces coming to life. The gorgeous work by Ghaleb Hawila is already a favourite of ours!