East London celebrates creativity with unusual exhibitions, galleries of all sizes and lots of new talent. In fact, there’s so much art around that it spills on to buildings and roads in an ever changing display. You may encounter a Banksy mural, an impromptu performance or elaborate street art on your way back from shopping for groceries or taking a run.
PEER is an art gallery and independent organisation within the bustling, culturally and economically diverse area of Hoxton. The gallery is committed to engaging with the local community and supports public art commissions as well as established exhibitions. Come here to check out bold new artists as well as established names on the contemporary art scene.
Raw Labs is a creative arts hub located in the Royal Albert Wharf area championing arts, culture and creativity (and serving great coffee too). Try your hand at designing your own tote, meet emerging creators and artists from the community or enjoy a film screening, talk or life drawing class.
Poplar Union is a fully fledged arts and community centre in the East of London built to nurture and tap into the creative flare of this part of the city. Expect great community spirit, classes and exhibitions.
God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow is a psychedelic neon light paradise filled with vintage signs, installations and bright artworks. The owner and artist started out making signs for seedy Soho and ended up fashioning props for the likes of Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick. Great place to visit if you want to brighten up your world for an afternoon (or your home for a lifetime!)
Street art; you can’t mention art in East London without touching on street art. There is a lot of it around, on buildings, walls and street corners. Expect to see masterpieces from the likes of Jerome Davenport, Stick Studio, and Thierry Noir.