Join us on Saturday 30 May 2015 for our next leisurely ride around the London cityscape. This month we will be looking at graffiti around the city.
Often thought of as a fairly recent phenomenon street art or graffiti in fact has a long history dating back to prehistoric times. It was well established in the Roman era with several notable examples in the ruins of Pompeii.
London’s street art developed more vigorously after Camden Council invited over some US graffiti artists in the 1970s.
In the UK Banksy brought graffiti into the art main stream with his work fetching hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction. Ambitious street artists now use a range of techniques and liaise with organisations that provide legal walls for large pieces.
The ride will start at 11am at the junction of Grange Road and The Grange in Southwark SE1, next to the Banksy graffiti (pictured right)
We will visit several walls in Shoreditch, including another Banksy and then go on to Fish Island and Hackney Wick.
If time permits we will also visit Camden, otherwise the ride will end in the Hackney Wick/Olympic Park area where there are many choices of rail and DLR transport. We aim to finish at 5pm. We will stop for lunch in a pub or cafe along the route.
Meet Saturday 30 May 2015 11am at the Banksy – corner of The Grange and Grange Road, SE1 3AD
All welcome: no need to let us know in advance, just turn up with a roadworthy bike
The ride will be led by LCC’s Tom Bogdanowicz