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Help curate London’s largest legal graffiti wall


Applications accepted until 23 December 2022

Nestled underneath Waterloo station, Leake Street Arches is a celebration of urban art, dining and entertainment featuring eight former railway arches brought back to life with a community of independent restaurants, bars and entertainment spaces united in their approach to celebrating urban culture.

What makes it so special is that it adjoins London's longest legal graffiti wall on Leake Street, which has made its name as a democratic cultural venue for street art following its launch at The Cans Festival, hosted by Banksy.


The winner will be named Artist in Residence for 2023 and work to create regular pieces of art on the tunnel walls, run introductory graffiti classes for the public and generally become a champion for the art form and Leake Street. The winner will also receive a paid commission to create a piece of art for the offices of the owners of Leake Street Arches, LCR Property, the UK Government’s placemaking expert.


To enter the competitions, entrants must submit their applications to including the following:


  1. Name and Contact Details

  2. A theme to their residency and reasons for it

  3. Three examples of the types/style of work they would produce if chosen

  4. Artistic/Teaching Experience

  5. Statement outlining reason they should be the artist in residence for LSA and what it would mean (500 words).


The Competition will run from 03 October 2022 to 11pm December 23 2022, judging will take place in January 2023 and the announcement of a winner will be made by 27 February 2023 in time for the launch of Leake Street Arches’ Spring Season of activity.

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