If you’re a regular reader or follower you’ll know that SLB takes a keen interest in street art. There’s been something of an explosion of street art in south London in the past few years with areas such as East Dulwich, Peckham, Brixton, Tooting, Brockley and the South Bank displaying the work of both local and world famous artists.
Last year Herne Hill latched on to a new trend for street art – lamp post banners; all around Herne Hill you can see these banners featuring well-known landmarks of the area. The idea was to create a sense of identity and celebrate the area, as well as brightening up our streets.
Now, near neighbour West Dulwich is getting in on the act. Love West Dulwich, an alliance of local businesses and residents, has promoted a competition for street banners, with the help of a grant from Southwark Council.
There were over seventy entrants with a local connection and twenty winners were selected by the judging panel, which included local MP Helen Hayes and representatives from Dulwich Picture Gallery and Dulwich Outdoor Gallery.
The winning banners will go up on lamp posts around the area on 20th May during the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair, part of the Dulwich Festival. In the meantime you can see all of the entries at an exhibition at Volcano Coffee in Martell Rd SE21.
Art used to be something you had to go to a gallery to view, but now it’s increasingly coming out onto our streets, showing what a powerful medium it can be. Come May, the streets of West Dulwich will certainly take on a different look and these banners will give a new focus to the identity of the area.