Moniker Art Fair

Want to check out and buy some ace street art? Then come along to Moniker Art Fair in East London.
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Want to check out and buy some ace street art? Then come along to Moniker Art Fair which runs from 13-16 October at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A.

The fair and events programme promises to provide something for everyone with an interest in contemporary art and culture from outside of the mainstream. Each day of the fair we have a series of events, workshops and art tours, all for free! As well as being a place to buy art, Moniker aims to be a platform for new ideas, a place to debate, all in an energised and accessible environment.

As you read this, internationally acclaimed street art super star D*face, is painting the first of our public commissions, a huge mural on Monikers entrance wall of Village Underground.

The fair officially kicks off on Thursdays with a press launch and our opening party. At the launch event our friends from Jealous Print Studio will commence their residency at the fair, releasing a gift print of ‘Cash For Your Warhol’ – free to the first 30 art fans through the doors from 7pm.

This Friday begins with Word to Mother, fresh from the launch of his solo show ‘Essence of Adolescence’, painting the first of 3 murals on Great Eastern Street. At 1pm the first of our limited prints will be released. Bangkok based artist Beejoir will be working with Jealous Print studios where you will be able to see the print making process in action and buy one of his highly collectible editions.

This will be followed at 3pm by our lecture series hosted by Cedar Lewisohn. Curator Tina Ziegler and artists Nate Frizzell and Joshua Petker will be talking about the Pop Surrealism movement and Ziegler’s book Hunt & Gather.

Saturday starts with a bang – artist D*face will be releasing a limited edition screen print ‘Going Nowhere Fast’ as the doors open at 11am exclusively for Moniker 2011. Head to StolenSpace to purchase.

Making their London debut, L.A based graffiti whiz kids Dabs Myla will be painting the second live mural at midday on the external walls of the fair.

London’s no. 1 street art website, Hooked Blog will lead a tour of some of the coolest local gallery’s as well as guiding you through an eclectic mix of works on the streets that make Shoreditch one of the best places in the world to see street art. This will be followed by an open discussion lead by the ‘Art in the Streets’ collective. (Check programme times for details).

At 3pm Cultural icon, living legend and godfather of art and politics Peter Kennard will be giving a lecture and signing copies of his new book @Earth.

Jealous Print Studio will be releasing a new print by David Cameron and Barak Obama’s favourite artist Ben Eine. Ben will be on hand, printing live and signing artworks for you from 5pm.

Sunday is family day at Moniker, so make sure you bring the kids! UK’s photo realist kings Best|Ever will complete a mural program. a last screen printing workshop will be with artists Dabs and Myla who will release a new print specially designed for kids to colour in themselves - and it’s free! At 3pm Dr. Rafael Schacter will give a talk on graffiti as ornament and street art in Madrid.

Moniker Art Fair runs from 13-16 October at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A

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