I saw this post and thank you for the positive comments,about the project we run in Penge and sharing the art as well as the links to our blog - which is how i found this converation.
Anyway the reason there is so much street art in Brockley/Honour Oak is because that area won a competition through Londonist Magazine to host a funded street art festival which has now run annually for 4 years.
As for Penge JMLF you have a few misconceptions about the project, which are to be expected. We are the ones actively encouraging the art in the area with the help of the talented and generous artists. This project is not run by the council or the local business association or the Penge Tourist Board - the latter two of which are very supportive of the project - this is a non-funded, non-profit project which has been facilitated entirely between ourselves, the individual space owners and the artists on a individual spot-by-spot basis. The project is not about financial gain and it is disappointing that people believe this project was initiated and maintained as part of some business plan to redevelop the town and bring more people to the shops. It’s great that the art achieves this but this project is about bringing art and creativity to the community for everyone to enjoy. Not for anyone to profit from - other than hopefully the deserving artists.
The project has grown organically from a few businesses trusting us to add some creativity to the area, resulting in a steady expansion of people, business and residential, wishing to get involved and offering us more spaces for artists to work, resulting in the gallery that is now Penge. Something which has taken 3 years of hard work. Events like the recent Paint Jam are great for the town and certainly bring people from near and far to see the results, but they aren’t part of any town led initiative, it was on that occasion just to celebrate 4 years of our blog and a bit of fun and good way to keep things fresh and interesting.
This project took off because the art is of such a high standard and more people wanted it, hasn’t been part of any planned or committee initiative to build to this point. We have put artists to each space based on what would work for the location and who would want to paint it. The best way to convince people in other towns is for them to see it which is tricky when trying to start out. Penge was skeptical at first, but now. We also now currently run projects with residents in Stockwell and Selhurst and like Penge we started with a few spots, people saw how good it was and gave us more spots to paint. If anyone can find a good wall for us to get painted in Sydenham, we are sure we can do it and subsequently get more people interested.
Additionally we organized the Parakeets by Aero on Newlands Park that you mention, your idea of how that wall came about JMLF is also a tad off.
Thanks for the positive words about SprayExhibition20 in Penge.