Author Archives: Luke Breen

Upper Space @ Cultural Hijack, AA Gallery, London

Cultural Hijack

Featuring works by: Zevs,  Ztohoven,  Zoe Young,  Krzysztof Wodiczko, Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf,  Voina, Upper Space,  Gregory Sholette,  Danny Shine,  Michael Rakowitz, Ben Parry & Peter McCaughey, Tatzu Nishi,  Renzo Martens,  Knit the City, Peter Kennard,  Laura Keeble,  Allan Kaprow, John Jordan, Tushar Joag,  International Peripatetic Sculptors Society,  Space Hijackers,  Paul Harfleet,  EPOS 257, Electronic Disturbance Theater, […]

Upper Space @ ‘Cultural Hijack’ Exhibition


Upper Space is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting some previous interventions at the AA Gallery in London as part of the ‘Cultural Hijack’ exhibition this April. Artists exhibiting include the likes of ZEVS,  Krzysztov Wodiczko, Laura Keeble, Allan Kaprow, and our good friends Ztohoven, Space Hijackers and Peter Kennard for an exhibition that is a survey of public realm and […]

Bill Posters targets the Chancellor


PRESS RELEASE: Bill Posters responds to the financial budget 2013-14 12:30pm today sees the new financial budget delivered in parliament for the UK. In response to this Upper Space has commissioned the following intervention.

Dan Birkbeck feature – Now Then Magazine…


Upper Space artist Dan Birkbeck takes over the new edition of Now Then magazine… Now Then. One of the best regional arts and (sub)culture magazines approached Dan in November last year, and asked if he would be willing to put pen to paper for some illustrations for a future edition. These have just hit the […]

Upper Space is growing…Apply now!

  Upper Space is looking for 6 new artists / facilitators to join our crew… Deadline for Applications – 5pm // 11th January, 2013. Calling all artists mischief makers, schemers and rebels… Upper Space is an award winning public realm arts organisation that works with some of the world’s best street artists… In February 2013 […]

Upper Space artists // Artaq 2012 Awards

Two of Upper Space’s flagship artists have received nominations and special mentions as part of the Artaq 2012 Urban Art Awards.  Eyesaw & Bill Posters were among 50 artists from around the world that have been chosen to take part in the project. All artists are due to have their works published in the Artaq […]

Death of the NHS // Culture Jamming // Dr.D

Dr.D – one of theUK’s best and most loved subvertisers has been up to his old tricks again however this time it is the NHS that is the focus for the latest intervention… The installation on Old Street in London went up today so if you are in the area get down and check it […]

Subvertisers target the Big 6 energy companies…

Billboards in Manchester were reclaimed and transformed this weekend as anger against the Big 6 energy companies rises. Upper Space was on the scene to see what was going down and why. Our heating and electric bills are going up up up, now i think about it, these energy companies…   DIY modifications were made […]

New Via Grafik print // ‘Revolution je t’aime’

‘Ho ho ho – now i have a machine gun’ – John McClane, Die Hard, 1998 Alright folks, so christmas is coming… Cliff Richard lingers in the air like a vengeful fart…Your nan is sharpening her narcolepsy ready for big meal times… Mad pressures to show how much you love people with shit they will […]

Upper Space artists win the CUBEOpen 2011 Competition

  Upper Space artists Shift//Delete have won the Cube Gallery’s annual CUBEOpen competition 2011.  Launched in 2007, artists, architects and designers are invited to apply with work that reflects current trends and debates surrounding the spaces and places in which we live. Each year the exhibition highlights contemporary insights into the urban environment.  The CUBEOpen […]

QRadio by Sweza…

  QRadio is the latest project by Berlin based artist SWEZA, it is an interactive Street Art piece in the streets of Berlin. Use your smartphone as a cassette tape and make the Boom Box work. Click to play… Beat tape 1 [cincopa AUCA_wKPK9iD] More great works from Sweza

Street Art in Libya…

42 Years in the making…     After 42 years of creative repression in Libya there has been a huge rise in graffiti and street art murals across the country that frame the recent changes that have swept the country as Muammar Gaddafi was forced from power. A lot of the imagery that now adorns […]

ShiftDelete – ‘Sign of the Times’, OccupyLSX, London

UK street artist and urban interventionists Shift//Delete hit up the London Stock Exchange this weekend as the OccupyLSX kicked off… #OccupyLSX saw over 5ooo people gather at the gates of the city’s financial centre on Saturday demanding an end to shady financial practices and demanding that things start to change towards a truly global democracy – […]

Meanwhile Downtown…

How & Nosm go big in L.A as part of the Freewalls project… “The fact that this mural exists contrary to any official public art policy in Los Angeles is a miracle, and is testament to the courage, will and determination of everyone involved in the project” says Daniel Lahoda, who’s LA freewalls project has […]

The Sound & The System

On a stormy day in Manchester, the city’s sound system crews came out from the depths and onto a piece of wasteland in Salford for the first rig shoot and all out takeover. Such a sick day… Shouts and respects due: Drum Music // MOF // Neuron // Underground Roots // Dub Smugglers // DrumRoots […]

Shift//Delete – ’100 Days of Active Resistance’ published…

Shift//Delete in print… Upper Space artists Shift//Delete have just had their first work published in ’100 Days of Active Resistance’. Published by Vivienne Westwood, ’100 Days of Active Resistance’ will see all proceeds going to charity. Go grab a copy from any decent book retailer and take a look inside for some visual inspiration on […]

New Artist // Eyesaw joins U.S

Eyesaw Joins the Upper Space Upper Space is pleased to announce that Eyesaw has joined the Upper Space collective. Expect more of his killer subvertisings to be added over the coming months as he breaks out the pens, scalpels and tools to get busy. We are also super excited about the collaboration rumours that are […]

The 99%

These last few weeks have seen some exciting things happening in the heart of the American money machine – Wall Street. Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many genders, colours and political persuasions. The one thing they have in common is that they are The 99% that will no longer tolerate […]

The Revolution of Everyday Life

Once stretching over half a mile, and calling out to commuters along the Hammersmith and City line, as they made their daily trek, all that is left of this King Mob graffiti are these pasted together photographs. However the sloganeering remains as powerful and relevant today…     Reminds us of the Situationist inspired writings […]

________ Capitalism?

_________Capitalism? Project    The project offers a unique opportunity to bring the work of often subversive and anti authoritarian political artists into the “lion’s den” of the economic and political elite. It is a rare chance to generate cultural debate on themes often overlooked by more mainstream institutions. For Street Art, location is everything; context […]


Escif is one of our favourite street artists that tells it how it is. With global governments trying to find an exit from the economic crisis by creating more currency to bail out the system again, its pretty obvious how this is gonna end…   From the Fame Festival

Liu Bolin Fades Away

China is renowned for its harsh restrictions on personal expression as well as its surveillance culture. Recently we have seen radical artist Ai Weiwei detained for his outspoken commentaries about the Chinese state and its systematic repression. Artist Liu Bolin’s studio was shut down by the Chinese authorities in 2005 and since then he has […]

Hacking The Big Screen

Intervention on media screen, Manchester City Centre // LOL Manchester city centre has seen an influx of new large scale media screens that bleet at passing pedestrians 24 hours a day. Gateway Media own and operate the majority. Some of our nocturnal heroes targeted their flagship screen on the Piccadilly approach. Standing 10 storeys high, […]

Brandalism – Billboard Liberation

Seen in the streets… Manchester, UK. ‘We all know the Windows blue screen of death, it strikes when you least expect it – normally half way through your favourite episode of whatever. Unfortunately, in the city there are no reboots or escapes, no little buttons to remove all the unwanted ads from your vision, so […]

Brandalism – ‘McClegg with Lies’

Classic subvertising action right here from our good friends shift//delete With all the crazy shit that is going down in the British government at the moment – devatating cuts; bailouts; denial that the financial system is actually going to keep working and the sordid little sex parties that we keep hearing about in the House […]

Action: Brandalism: ‘Nike Ground’, 0100101110101101.ORG, Karlsplatz, Vienna

  Nike Buys Streets & Squares – Guerilla Marketing or Intervention? Picture this: a 13 tons hi-tech container right in the middle of Karlsplatz, one of Vienna’s historic squares. It’s the Nike Infobox: a slick, demountable, walk-in container, two semi-transparent floors, dynamic shapes and a red plastic cover. On the outer windows a curious sign […]