The Tooting Street Art Gallery

Street art in south London continues to spread, and if you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen some of the brilliant art that brightens our streets and often presents us with amusing or challenging images.

Murals have been around for some time in south London with pioneers like Brian Barnes and Greenwich Mural Workshop going back to the 1970’s and beyond. However, street art really took off with the ‘Dulwich Outdoor Gallery’ project in 2013, sponsored by Dulwich Picture Gallery and Street Art London. Following that, Brockley Max – the community festival for Brockley and surrounding areas – got in on the act, and more recently so has Brixton with a number of new works along Atlantic and Railton Roads.

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Louis Masai

Now, the latest area to become an ‘outdoor gallery’ is Tooting. The area in and around the two markets, Tooting and Broadway, is the location for a large number of new murals, some by renowned street artists such as Mr.Cenz, Louis Masai and Irony, others by less well-known local artists. The whole project has been devised and commissioned by Tooting and Broadway Markets as a way of promoting the area. We spoke to Dave Mauger, manager of Broadway Market and former editor of  Tooting DailyPRSS. Dave said that the new street art had given the area a boost and increased visitor numbers and he hoped to have more art in the near future.  Roi Mengelgrein, Tooting Market manager, said “We really wanted to get the markets and the area buzzing”.

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It’s really worth a trip to see all of this great new art; there are several works in Totterdown St. near the rear entrance of Tooting Market, with more in the Iceland car park on Tooting High St. close to Tooting Broadway Station. In Broadway Market, many of the stalls have had murals painted on their shutters so go near closing time to see them. If you’re in need of refreshment on your visit, there are plenty of places to choose from, such as Brickwood or Unwined in Tooting Market or the Pedal Back Cafe or Marrakech in Broadway Market.

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We’ll be featuring more of the murals from Tooting’s ‘Outdoor Gallery’ over the coming weeks and months on our social media, along with other murals and sculpture from around south London.

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