In Pictures: The V&A's Street Art show opens at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

By Ben Miller | 08 October 2010
An image of a black, pink and turquoise spraypainting of a man
Paul Insect, The Executioner© Paul Insect
Exhibition: Street Art – Contemporary Prints from the V&A, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, October 9 2010 – January 16 2011

In a coup for the ever-impressive Herbert, the Coventry centre has become the first venue to host the Victoria and Albert Museum's Street Art show, celebrating the constantly evolving art form across buildings, bus shelters and hoardings.

A photo of two people spraypainting a virtual wall
The public were given a chance to try out some urban skills at the launch of the show on Thursday
Heroes of the UK scene are all involved, from Tank Girl and Gorillaz co-curator Jamie Hewlett to Banksy and Shepard Fairey, Sickboy, Pure Evil and D*Face.

A photo of a girl drawing on a large white wall
The exhibition takes over three galleries at the award-winning Herbert
The original curatorial vision for the show focuses on the referencing of traditional genres within street art, such as portraiture, pop art, Andy Warhol stencils, cave drawings, political tagging and psychedelia.

A photo of a man drawing on a wall
Six of the best emerging UK artists fill Gallery 1
The Herbert adds a twist to this by inviting six emerging UK artists to decorate a set of white walls in Gallery 1, where Fresh Paint lures viewers to smell every dab of paint.

A digital image of a blue dog on a roadside
Pahnl, Nowhere Near Here© Pahnl
Galleries 2 and 3 are taken over by Mohammed Ali, a Birmingham-based graffiti artist who has coined his art as "AerosolArabic", merging urban graffiti with Arabic Islamic calligraphy.

A photo of a digital artwork sprawling a tree against a wall
© Lucy McLauchlan
His Breaking Down the Wall display comprises spraypaint canvasses and video projections among work taking themes of freedom, justice and equality, following the concerns of his 15-year career.
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