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Street artists go legit in exhibition

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:12 05 October 2010

Some of the East End s most notorious underground graffiti artists will be unmasked and spraying their cans in broad daylight in an exhibition this month. The event at the new Mile End Park Arts Pavilion offers the opportunity for everyone to discover mor

Some of the East End's most notorious underground graffiti artists will be unmasked and spraying their cans in broad daylight in an exhibition this month.

The event at the new Mile End Park Arts Pavilion offers the opportunity for everyone to discover more about street-art.

Parents and children are welcome and there will be spray cans for people to experiment with.

Mile End Park has a policy is to remove any graffiti within 24 hours, but has designated street-art areas.

Michael Rowan, director of the park which is part-funding the exhibition said: "Clearly the message is that we are not into defacing buildings, but come and paint on the graffiti wall by all means."

The curator, street artist Stik who wishes to remain anonymous, has selected what he considers to be the cutting edge of graffiti.

"These artists are people who have resisted the glitz and glamour of the art world and are keeping it real," he said.

The 30-year old from Hackney added: "Graffiti can be really beautiful.

"The authorities have started to view street art as an emerging art form that they are embracing and don't seem to see the point of fighting it any more."

The show runs from 1pm to 7pm on Wednesdays to Sundays at the Arts Pavilion at Mile End Park until Sunday, November 27.

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