In Philadelphia, back in the mid-1960′s, some bright spark decided to write his name on a wall in spray paint. It’s safe to say that it really caught on. Tagging and bombing became the accepted form of urban demarcation, a way of stamping both individual and gang identity on the fabric of the City. Half a century later and street art has expanded its horizons somewhat. The emergence of Banksy and the place he soon occupied in the consciousness of middle England has forced the entire nation to look again. The people who once denounced the hoodlums scribbling on their walls are now cutting murals out with angle grinders and toting them at Sotheby’s. Hang-Up Gallery has pulled together some of the world’s foremost street artists, Banksy included, taking a moment and reflecting on how far the form has come. Downstairs Italian artist RUN has installed a replica of his studio to allow viewers to immerse themselves in the creative process.
N16ExhibitionSaturday March 22