Art shift

The space under the Westway on London’s Portobello road has long been a prime site for accomplished and amateur street artists alike. But starting next week, a new project will see the entire space transformed by some of graffiti’s big names.

As part of the week-long project Shift-work, the Westway’s entire underbelly will be covered by artists, including Pure Evil, Blek Le Rat, Busk, Ben Eine (David Cameron’s street artist of choice), C215 and Eyesaw, as they clock in for creative ’shifts’.

The space under the Westway before the project
The space under the Westway before the project

The project can be viewed live throughout the week, before a public view on 14 August. It is hoped that the area, already known for its nearby Banksy piece and Mutate Britain exhibition last year, will be revived by this unusual exhibition and will be able to host a similar show on an annual basis.

The entire process will be filmed, and organisers are hoping to make a book and DVD to raise funds to use the space as a fully-functioning gallery that champions local talent. The book and prints from the exhibition will be sold at the Art & Design Market, which is held weekly in the space.

Under the Westway hosts work from street art greats and amateurs alike
Under the Westway hosts work from street art greats and amateurs alike

Design Week will be heading down to the space next week to take a look at the artists’ progress. Click back to take a look at the finished space.

Under the Westway before the project
Under the Westway before the project

Catch the artists at work under the Westway, Portobello Road, Portobello Green, London W10, 9am – 5.30pm on 9 – 13 August and from 11am – 5.30pm on 14 August.

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