‘Street Art Book Art’ – a show of illuminated books by the artists of Dulwich Outdoor Gallery

photo by APHQ

Books painted by Conor Harrington and Remi Rough for the Street Art Book Art show.

You have probably seen all that street art popping up in the Dulwich area in the last couple of years. And you have probably gathered that they are pretty much all based on paintings in the permanent collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery. A large, lavishly illustrated book has been written about this strange project: ‘Street Art Fine Art’. Now 15 of the participating street artists have painted many of the covers of this hardback, and these illuminated books are on show at C&C Gallery in Forest Hill. ‘Street Art Book Art’ is on until 19 July.

Books illuminated by Stik and System at Street Art Book Art show.  Photo by APHQ

Books painted by Stik and System for the Street Art Book Art show.

These beautiful books are suspended from the gallery ceiling in specially designed acrylic holders, so you can see the backs and spines.

Books painted by Thierry Noir and RUN for the Street Art Book Art show

Books painted by Thierry Noir and RUN for the Street Art Book Art show.  Photo by APHQ.

photo by APHQ

Books painted by AP for the show Street Art Book Art

Street artists generally do their own thing.  They find walls of differing sizes, the bigger the better, paint them in their own distinctive style, and leave.  Some paint canvases and found objects to sell and make a living.  But to have 15 of the world’s top street artists paint the same small thing, and be shown together, is unheard of.

These unique objects are not for sale, but ‘Street Art Fine Art’ can be purchased at C & C Gallery both in its original hardback (discounted for the show – £40) and its updated (10 more walls)paperback version (£20).  Another book, documenting all these covers, has been produced, ‘Street Art Book Art’ – (£10).  This has been printed with 15 different covers, one of each artist, and each has a limited edition of 100.

Cover of hardback

Cover of hardback

Cover of paperback



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Some of the covers of Street Art Book Art










And one more thing – C&C Gallery is behind a great cafe called Canvas and Cream, 18 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3HF.  So you could have a coffee/meal and take a look at the show.  You can park in the Sainsburys car park around the back or take buses 176, 197, 185, 356.

Dulwich Outdoor Gallery map – the locations of all the walls in the project.

Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Facebook – up to date info on everything associated with DOG and a chance to comment.

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About Ingrid

Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee. I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 7 years old to degree level. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, a local primary school) and am now the e-learning project developer. I commission articles rather than write them and am mainly in charge of the Gallery related articles.
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