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For Walls with Tongues

Carol Kenna and Steve Lobb

  • 10th – 30th May 2019
  • Project Space

Image of a wall decorated with street murals

For Walls with Tongues is compiled and curated by Greenwich Mural Workshop, a seminal arts organisation based in Greenwich.

This exhibition of street murals from 1966 to 1985 reveals the influence of muralists on the expansion of art in public spaces since the 60s and presents their lives and experiences through oral history. It celebrates the history of the mural movement in the United Kingdom and its influence on 20th-century culture, largely overlooked by the art establishment and historians.

In 1960s Britain, artists produced a profusion of street murals that became a backdrop for local celebration, encouraging a sense of place and expressing local pride. Many muralists saw their work as part of the wider Community Arts movement, using their skills to facilitate social reform and develop radical alternatives to Gallery Art. At around the same time, external murals were appearing across the world. In the USA, in particular, neighbourhood murals gave voice to people’s aspirations.

Open 10 – 30 May 2019 | Monday to Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm

Free seminar: Tuesday 14 May, 1 pm – 5 pm | Reserve your place here

The seminar will include presentations by artists who pioneered this form of street art followed by a discussion.

www.forwallswithtongues.org.uk | This national arts and heritage project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.