Femme Fierce Street Art Vandalised
Femme Fierce: Reloaded 2015, the all female street art festival, has been hit by bad news about Femme Fierce murals being vandalised just a week after they were created in the Femme Fierce paint jam, an all-day street art event that serves as an introduction to the main event in March. The all female street art festival, that was previewed in Femme Fierce: Reloaded and was the most popular topic on Widewalls last week (Weekly Highlights: February 16 – 22), will bring together over 150 international and UK based female street artists to transform the Leake Street area of London to coincide with International Women’s Day and to highlight Plan UK’s Because I Am A Girl campaign. The news of the Femme Fierce murals being vandalised so soon after the event is obviously massively upsetting for all involved in the all female street art festival.
Femme Fierce Murals Vandalised
Ayaan Bulale, street artist agent and one of the main organisers behind the all female street art festival, stated for Widewalls: “Although street art is transient, the Femme Fierce project in Croydon, which was vandalised recently, was a community project beneficial to all. It planted its first seeds and deserved an opportunity to flourish, rather than have mindless idiots destroy it within a few days.” A sentiment echoed by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of the Rise Gallery in Croydon that is working with Femme Fierce on the all female street art festival, who arrived at the Rise Gallery on Monday morning to find all the Femme Fierce murals vandalised along with the windows of the gallery. The owner of the Rise Gallery, who is trying to create an Arts Quarter in the centre of Croydon stated in the local press ‘’It’s just really sad and we are massively upset’’ and wants to reach out to those responsible for the Femme Fierce murals being vandalised to prevent similar actions occurring in the future.
What Now For the Femme Fierce Murals?
As Ayaan Bulale correctly points out in her statement to Widewalls, that street art is transient in nature, but the Femme Fierce murals being vandalised just a week after the all female street art festival paint jam shows a total lack of respect by those responsible, but unfortunately there seems to be a number of people intent on acting in such a manner. You can read about such incidents in Tagging Banksy’s Spies and Vandals Attack Artwork Celebration about vandals smearing paint over award winning street art by over twenty street artists in Portsmouth, UK, including the work of My Dog Sighs in 2013. The artists involved in the all female street art festival Femme Fierce will be given the chance to fix their works or unfortunately new works will have to replace the vandalised murals.
Anyone with any information regarding the vandalised street art are urged to contact the Rise Gallery.
Latest new update: Truce agreed with the taggers, read more in Croydon Guardian.
The all female street art festival Femme Fierce: Reloaded 2015 takes place between the 6th and 8th March, 2015
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