Renowned graffiti artists Charley Uzzell Edwards (Pure Evil) and Dan Kitchener (DANK) will kick-off International Alert’s #art4peace street art campaign with live painting sessions in Old Street station on Monday 8 September from 12 noon.
The campaign invites talented artists to paint empty spaces around East London to explore what peace means to them. It will run until the International Day of Peace on 21 September. A selection of the artwork will then be exhibited at Hoxton Gallery, with a sale on 3 October to raise funds for International Alert’s work.
Inspired by world events, as well as their own backgrounds, the artists will use all their creativity to present their idea of peace in a fresh and challenging way.
Reflecting on what peace means, Pure Evil said: “Peace is not killing people, and not starting wars.”
According to Dan Kitchener, peace is “a state of utter calm, stillness and tranquillity”.
Ilaria Bianchi of International Alert said: “We are delighted that so many talented and diverse artists have agreed to take part in this campaign. Peace means different things to different people, so each artist will interpret the message in their own way. It will be fascinating to compare their contributions, while at the same time celebrating peace and raising support for the invaluable work of International Alert.”
More than 20 artists are creating works for this campaign, including: 616, Amara Pordios, Andrea Tyrimos, Ben Murphy, Carolina Maggio, David Walker, Francesca Love Artist, Ibrahim Fakhri, Jim McElvaney, Joel Bergner, Kef, Lana Alana, Magnus Gjoen, Mr Dane, Pang, Paul Curtis (Moose), Pure Evil, Faunagraphic, Summayya Jillani, Suzko, Tarek Tuma and Zina.
Ilaria Bianchi added: “Art in all its forms has the power to engage people in a conversation and to challenge established ideas. We hope that a broader understanding of issues of war and peace will be gained through this campaign.”
The #art4peace campaign is part of the Talking Peace Festival– a month-long series of events held by International Alert to celebrate the power of words in resolving conflicts. It will feature talks, food, comedy nights and photography. Find out more at www.talkingpeacefestival.org
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pure Evil is a graffiti artist and a descendant of Sir Thomas More, author of the controversial work Utopia. With this background, Pure Evil explores the darker side of the wreckage of utopian dreams and the myth of the apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end. Find out more at www.pureevilclothing.com
Dan Kitchener is a street artist and illustrator/animator. Dan has worked with some major stars in his career, including Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Kylie and the Prodigy to name just a few, and his work has been seen by millions over the years. He specialises in epic scale and dramatic paints. Find out more at www.dankitchener.co.uk
The #art4peace campaign will be running throughout September at locations across East London, including the Hoxton Windows Project, Old Street Peace Booth, Shoreditch Art Wall and Courtyard, Queen of Hoxton and Hoxton Gallery. For a full list of events and to find out more about the campaign, visit www.talkingpeacefestival.org/art4peace