Some of the most talented street artists in the world have contributed to what’s on show in Croydon.
But, so far, the most famous of them all, Banksy, hasn’t paid the borough a surprise visit to add his own masterpiece to the growing collection.
Asked if any approach has been made to try and get him to pay an undercover visit, Kevin said: “We would, of course, love to have him here, he’s an amazing part of this movement.
“For this upcoming exhibition, though, we haven’t reached out to his people, but we won’t rule anything out for the future.”
Kevin is sure that this is just the start of an expansion of the street art movement in Croydon, and thinks there is a realistic possibility that Croydon could have the biggest collection of street art in Europe within the next two years.
He understands, though, that while street art is widely popular, there could be some people who won’t be too keen on the latest additions.
“We have tried to make sure that all the art is as inclusive as it can be for the whole community,” he said.
“We want to be considerate of everyone so we can think of how best to benefit Croydon with the new installations.”
Croydon already has dozens of pieces of incredible street art across the borough.
Rhino by artist Sonny on Croydon High Street is visible from both the Croydon Flyover and High Street and is probably one of the largest pieces of street art in the borough.
It shows a remarkable image of a rhino’s head jutting forward over the shoulder of a young child.
Artist Sonny said he spent a lot of time looking around London for the perfect place to paint the enormous mural, which he created to raise awareness about endangered animals.
The RISE Festival will run between September 1 and 15, and will feature a whole host of free workshops and events for all ages, as well as the new murals.