After Paris and Marseille, Lille and its metropole will get on May, 13th its own first street art guide.
There is a strong street art identity in Lille and its metropole which has been forged over nearly 40 years. Indeed, the territory has seen the emergence of some street art big names such as Jef Aérosol or Mimi le Clown and regularly welcomes many street artists to cultural events such as “The Talking Windows” since 2001, the International Graffiti Battle since 2009, the International Mural Art Biennial since 2013, the “Urban Experiences” Festival since 2015 and “Can’Art” since 2018.
If the metropole has hosted major exhibitions such as Street Génération(s) 40 years of urban art in 2017 (at the Condition Publique in Roubaix), Di(X) Visions - Immersion Dans Le Graffiti Nordiste, in 2017 (at the Flow in Lille), the Sueños exhibition dedicated to the artist Jef Aérosol in 2019 (at the church of Marquette-lez-Lille), it can also count on the Art Up event (Contemporary Art Fair) since 2008 (40 000 visitors in 2019) and its network of art galleries (including the “We Art Here” network) to promote the sector.
Since 2019, the metropole has also included a workshop bringing together around twenty street artists. These are the Ateliers Remyco located in Roubaix, not far from the Atelier de JonOne, also installed in the city since 2017. The territory also hosts many artists' collectives such as Des Friches et des Lettres, Epsilone, Abazedatome, Collectif Renart…
In partnership with the Hellolille attractiveness agency, Editions alternatives has made this street art guide to discover the best spots for urban art and graffiti in Lille, Roubaix, Tourcoing and their surroundings, thanks to these 8 richly illustrated itineraries:
From the train station to Vieux-Lille, destination for urban art
In Wazemmes, urban art in all its forms
From Saint-Sauveur to Moulins, Street Art XXL
Street art escape ALONG THE WATER and by bike
In the heart of Roubaix, rebirth through urban art
Street art journey around the Public Condition
Between art and cycling, on Roubaix cobblestones
Between wasteland and graffiti in Tourcoing
For each route, you will find a map detailing the route to follow and the best addresses, sections to discover emblematic artists of the district, a focus to find out more about a work, a technique, an association, and last but not least, a double page of photos in end of each route summarizing the visual identity of the neighborhood.