Despite their best efforts not to pigeonhole the work they exhibit, StolenSpace have quite a reputation for street art. In fact, they’re regarded as one of London’s best places for showcasing the genre. The artist-run space sits in the Truman Brewery on Osborn Street and has a history of hosting ambitious and high-profile shows. Over the years, the likes of Shepherd Fairey, D*Face and David Bray have exhibited here.
Stolen Space Gallery
According to Richard Churchill and Graham McCallum (Kemistry founders), the gallery’s aim has always been to bring design to new audiences. So it’s probably no surprise that they’ve developed into one of London’s most exciting creative venues. In its decade-long lifespan, Kemistry has had a big hand in the success of prominent British artists such as James Joyce and Daniel Eatock, while international collectives like Experimental Jetset have also chosen to show here.
Not just a clever name, Rich Mix offers creativity in all its glorious forms – live music, theatre, poetry, film, art, design and illustration. Okay, so it’s a little different from the other venues on this list, but the charity behind the cross-media arts centre, The Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, has a pretty inspiring goal – to offer the public a space to learn about the creative contributions of people from different migrant communities. Since taking over the former garment factory on Bethnal Green Road, Rich Mix has put on countless free exhibitions, screenings and performances.
Rich Mix Gallery
Charles Uzzell-Edwards, a.k.a Pure Evil, began his street art adventure in 90s California. Son of renowned painter, John Uzzell Edwards, Pure Evil’s strong graphic design background is what brought him back to London in 2007 to open his own gallery and spread his visual messages. The gallery on Leonard Street acts as a revolving door of talent, with the work of major names such as Deedee Cheriel, Poster Boy and Felipe ‘Flip’ Yung having graced its walls.
Pure Evil Gallery