Public Art in Archway
As well as the branch of the St Martin's Central School of Art www.csm.arts.ac.uk there are a lot of artists living and working around Archway. The area is also a venue for their work, much of it temporary.
Banksie's mural at the bottom of Highgate Hill was reputedly subject of a mural battle between Banksie and another graffiti specialist called Robo - or at least their teams. As a result it's been obliterated - photo to the right.
The mural on the side of the Hidwaway was created by local school kids in conjunction with the Archway town centre manager.
A mural on the side of Thomas Bros in Holloway Road was created by a student at Byam Shaw. Another decorated the side of Archway Kebabs in Junction Road.
Other unexpected works were a row of rooftop mushrooms and chairs among the trees while the Big Rock Candy Fountain on top of the tube station was a Central St Martin's project.
Check out also the cafes and restaurants which exhibit local art. These include:
782 Holloway Road, N19 2JH. Tel: 020 7272 3406 www.500restaurant.co.uk
Map (gift shop)
93 Junction Road, N19 5QX. Tel: 020 7687 4005 www.mapgiftshop.com
St John's Tavern
91 Junction Road N19 5QU Tel: 020 7272 1587
And sometimes pop up galleries in empty shops on Holloway and Junction Roads.