Street art show Moniker International Art Fair launches tonight, promising to be an urban alternative to much of the highbrow art on display at London’s Frieze Art Fair.

The show, which launches in London’s Shoreditch tonight,  will see a swarm of urban art galleries come together to exhibit – and flog – the wares of some of the world’s top urban artists underneath the brickwork arches of Village Underground.

The Village Underground
The Village Underground

East End-based Black Rat Press will be there representing Ben Eine, Shepard Fairey and golden boy Banksy, but there will also be galleries from Berlin, Los Angeles and Milan on hand to exhibit the work of some less well known names.

In an attempt to make the fair more interactive, Moniker have created six ‘project spaces’ where six selected artists will be producing site-specific works during the fair. Ben Eine – famed for his colourful, human height letters – is amongst them, adding more of his work to a part of town already scattered with his bright typography.

Ben Eine's 'Calculate' piece outside of the show. Photography by Carl Cashman.
Ben Eine’s ’Calculate’ piece outside of the show. Photography by Carl Cashman.

Fellow Brit and taxidermist Polly Morgan will produce a space in her cadaverous style, as will German duo Herakut, Icelandic painter Katrin Fridriks, Pop Art-inspired Steve Powers,  and Japanese-Brazilian writer Titi Freak.

Work by Polly Morgan
Work by Polly Morgan

Don’t expect the fair to be an anti-commercial paradise but as its free – unlike Frieze which will set you back £25 – it’s well suited for younger crowds more interested in seeing work than buying it.

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