Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Kelly ventures out to Shoreditch to see how art plays a big part in the area's appeal and vibrant culture.
All throughout London, art graces the walls of buildings, fences, and even exists beneath people’s feet as they make their way through the city each day. In East London’s trendsetting Shoreditch neighborhood, there’s no shortage of it. From Banksy’s work to the work of a man who creates tiny masterpieces on people’s hardened gum, art truly remains all over.
Street art in Shoreditch.
For my Post War British Pop Culture class, we ventured out to Shoreditch to take in all of the art it has to offer. In class, we learned about the area’s street art. We also learned about how the area is transforming with gentrification. As more hipsters move into the area and bring instagrammable coffee shops with them, the area has become more desirable. Rent hikes have forced immigrants who have lived there for years to leave.