I hope you guys aren’t tired of seeing street art from across Europe yet. Because after sharing my street art discoveries in Rome, Paris and London, I recently began noticing more and more street art in Southsea.
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Southsea, Portsmouth, UK
Southsea is a town just across the water from my hometown. And because my hometown lacks everything I love about Southsea (think a pie & record shop, independent street markets, and an actual music scene) I spend a lot of time there.
Last year, a friend of mine was living just near Albert Road. Which is when I first started spotting this piece of art below…
Mural by My Dog Sighs
And since then artwork just seems to be popping out at me everywhere I go in the city!
But this post in no way will be able to cover all the amazing artwork across the city. There are a few pieces in particular that I haven’t had the chance to see in person yet.
But I have included a map at the end of this post. So if you ever find yourself on the South Coast of England, you can check out a few pieces of art for yourself.
How To Find Stunning Street Art in Southsea
A couple of years ago, Grosvenor Casino on Osborne Road closed down for good. And out of the ashes of roulette tables and slot machines rose a more creative pastime for locals: a boarded up building with plenty of space for street art.
Koe1’s portrait above isn’t the only mural to have sprung up after the closure of the casino. Below is just a few examples of how the long wall along Osborne Road has become a breeding ground for street art in Southsea…
Another one of my favourite artists that has a feature mural on this wall is Fark, who’s signature blue bird can be spotted all over the city.
Clifton Road has played quite a major role in the recent history of street art in Southsea. Just a quick look at Google Maps street view can show you just how it looked last year, when famous artists used the side of the casino as a mural for spectacular pieces of art.
However, since things went tits up between local residents and the council, the wall was painted over.
Since then, only one street artist has returned which means that, for now, a mural by Morf holds pride of place.
Tonbridge Street (a.k.a. “Southsea Ghetto”)
I recently stumbled on the self-proclaimed “Southsea Ghetto” while on the hunt for a moka pot to make my morning coffee.
Tucked away down an alley leading off from Palmerston Road, local artists have developed the space into an open air gallery for street art in Southsea.
I fund the three piece exhibition above, by Jack Williamson, on the alley leading towards Tonbridge Street. However, since spotting this photo on his Facebook page I have a feeling the artwork has already changed since my last visit.
Which is just another indicator of the ephemeral nature of street art. Enjoy it while it lasts!
But while Southsea Ghetto offers great examples of large murals, my favourite finds were the tiny spray painted figures below. While I’m pretty sure they’re all by Eins92, I’m not 100% sure about the badger!
After a bit of research (and despite the number of names on this mural) I can’t seem to figure out the artist behind it! But this mural outside the Chilli Tattoo shop on the corner of Albert Road and Duncan Road isn’t the first of it’s kind.
I stumbled on this article by Strong Island, on one of my favourite local blogs, that shows how the shop owners seem to regularly commission work. So if you’re in the area – let me know if this one’s still up!
A Map of Street Art in Southsea
Needless to say, I definitely haven’t been able to spot every mural in the city. But if you’re looking for more, there’s another great photo essay on the Strong Island website showcasing some more of the local street art in Southsea.
Also, let me know in the comments if you have a favourite!
Lots of love,