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5th September 2018

We’re incredibly excited to announce that this month, 26 Leake Street will be hosting a retrospective art exhibition to celebrate the career of Richard Hambleton. This major new exhibition of paintings by the seminal New York street artist will open on 13 September 2018. ‘Richard Hambleton: Shadowman’ will comprise over 60 original works and photographs, including many that are rare or previously unseen. Richard Hambleton was at the forefront of the New York street art movement in the early 1980s, working alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and quickly became known for his black ‘shadowman’ silhouettes that appeared unexpectedly in […]
3rd July 2018

Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary arts festival. Each year the festival partners with a leading cultural institution and curator, focusing on a different area of London to explore its distinctive identity, culture and architecture through various forms of art. This year, Art Night heads south of the river for the first time: the 2018 trail will transform the Thames riverbank between the South Bank and Battersea Power Station, via Vauxhall and Nine Elms, taking place in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues. Ralph Rugoff and the Hayward Gallery team have curated projects by 12 internationally renowned artists to coincide with […]
6th June 2018

#MeetAndGraff is a short interview series where we meet graffiti artists working on Leake Street and learn more about their style. Name Kayleigh Marshall Graffiti Name Marshall Art Life Website www.marshallartlife.com Social Channels Follow Kayleigh on Instagram here Follow Kayleigh on Twitter here What age did you get into graffiti? My Art Life only began 2 years ago when I quit my corporate job at 23 to go full time as an artist. And only as recently as one year ago did I pick up my first spray paint can and start making a mess. I work with a lot […]
21st May 2018

It was church services at Easter in the tenth century that popularised theatrical entertainment in Britain, and by the fourteenth century, it was standard practice to perform Bible stories. From the mid-fifteenth century hundreds of indoor and outdoor theatres were emerging in London, the most famous being the Globe, well-known for staging Shakespeare’s works. Experimental theatre (also known as avant-garde theatre) began in Western theatre in the late 19th century with Alfred Jarry and his Ubu plays as a rejection of both the age in particular and, in general, the dominant ways of writing and producing plays. The term has […]
4th May 2018

Back in May 2008, Banksy held an exhibition called The Cans Festival in Leake Street, which launched our humble tunnel to fame. Banksy of course, needs no introduction. The anonymous street artist who started out in Bristol, has contributed towards forming strong political and artistic narratives and become one of the most recognised names in the street art world (if not the art world as a whole). In 2010, his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop (for which he received an Academy Award for Best Documentary) debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. If people hadn’t heard about Banksy before, they certainly had after […]