Brixton murals

Mural: "Painting executed directly on to a wall or ceiling" (Oxford English Dictionary) The OED definition means that the first murals were prehistoric cave paintings dating back some 60,000 years.

Somewhat more recently, many people regard the golden era of mural art in London to be the late 1970s and the 1980s. Certainly, many of the best known in Brixton date from that time, such as Big Splash in Strathleven Road, the murals in Brixton station and Bellefields Road, and – of course – Nuclear Dawn.

More recently, a new generation of street artists have brightened our streets with their work. The most famous must be David Bowie in Tunstall Road (2013). We are trying to record as many as possible. With new ones appearing all the time (and, sadly, some existing ones disappearing), this will always be a work in progress.

For more information about each mural, click on its image. The map below shows the location of the murals.