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Ben Cotton spent nearly a decade working for leading design and lifestyle publications such as Wallpaper*magazine in London. A collector and avid enthusiast of contemporary art, he decided in late 2007 to move away from the security of the publishing sector to pursue his passion with a career in the visual arts.

Beginning in early 2008 by establishing Hang-Up Pictures an online art gallery representing exciting underground talent and highly collectible street artists, Ben also organised high profile exhibitions to gain prominent recognition for Hang-Up artists. In 2012 Hang-Up took on a permanent gallery space in Stoke Newington, London. The neighbourhood gallery presents a monthly curated exhibition programme from leading young contemporary artists.

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Street Artists and Collectors Lured to the Call of RUN and his Dancer Master

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (20:48)

On Friday evening we launched 'Dancer Master', featuring an exciting new collection of canvas paintings, drawings and sketches created from organic material such as wood, paper, cardboard and jute by street artist RUN. Three-dimensional installations transformed the traditional white wall gallery setting, with marionette cut outs of faces...

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Meet the Artist : RUN

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (19:27)

In anticipation for the launch of Italian street artist RUN's upcoming solo show at Hang-Up 'Dancer Master', we met with the artist to talk about the thrill of creating art for the street, the longevity of dance, the beauty of travelling, the challenges of bringing a...

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On the Streets Invaded - RUN, Borondo, Alexis Diaz, Pixel Pancho, Space Invader, Martha Cooper, Vinz

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (20:54)

With the weather starting to feel like a 'street art weather', there has been some proper creative energy flowing on the streets. Leading off this week's review is RUN's impressive new wall in London. Named 'Phrenology', all in monochrome, the piece stands out with its complexity, clear lines,...

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Humour and Beauty in On the Streets With Jilly Ballistic, Mobstr, Pose, Anthony Lister, Borondo

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (13:37)

This week's 'On the Streets' focuses on the subtle humour and finer elegance of street art. The pieces that caught our attention, located mostly in NYC and London, are all conceptually fresh, original and have something of a Duchampian aura.
Leading off is this brilliant Jilly...

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On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art Brought To You Every Week: 07 - 14 February 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (22:34)

Our overdue global summary of street work returns with a hefty selection of great art from around the world. Art, fashion, human behaviour and love - all gets its place in this roundup. First on the list, leading off is the newest Herakut's wall in Jordan, named 'One...

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On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art Brought To You Every Week: 28 February 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (21:11)

This week's 'On the Streets' covers not only diverse works from around the world, but also worthy walls, touching on global social issues such as inclusion and seclusion, sense of belonging and identity, stereotypes and social stigmas with a pinch of sarcasm. We have chosen this new Herakut...

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On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 21 February 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (11:34)

This week's 'On the Street' is as diverse and colourful as the English weather. It has it all- large scale murals, stunning visual realism, vivaciousness and a good dollop of humour. Leading off the review is this outstanding new example of visual perfection by London artistic duo BEST...

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Patrick Thomas's '100 BPM' Private View

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (00:45)

On Friday evening we launched renowned graphic artist Patrick Thomas's show '100BMP'.
The show is running until 16 March 2014 so don't miss the opportunity to see the collection of unique pieces and editions, all created using screenprinting and collage.

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On The Streets: The Freshest Global Street Art - 24 January 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (22:14)

This week's 'On the Streets' is a hefty combination of brilliant examples of visual art in public indoor and outdoor spaces. Leading off is Logan Hicks's 'Allure of the Sea' work for the Library Street Collective in Detroit. The piece is beautifully multi-layered, and captures the dynamics of...

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On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art - 17 January 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (21:48)

Middle of January gave us fewer but more colourful and vibrant walls and here is what caught our eye this week. Leading off is French artist Seth Globepainter with a signature mural in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Well-known for his masterful depiction of ordinary people, Seth's piece represents the...

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Meet The Artist: Patrick Thomas

(1) Comments | Posted 17 January 2014 | (22:33)

Graphic artist Patrick Thomas popped by the gallery last week to chat about why creating art makes his heart beat at 100BPM, his love of Berlin, and why his upcoming show at Hang-Up is an absolute must see. The exhibition, entitled '100BPM' opens on 1 Feb...

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The 2013 On The Streets Review Of The Year

(0) Comments | Posted 3 January 2014 | (21:39)

With 2013 coming to its end, it is only appropriate to have a rather hefty On the Streets roundup.

Trends from the current year include less illegally painted walls (with most notable and memorable example - Banksy's NYC 'artist residency') and more Street Art Festivals and mural projects worldwide....

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Hang-Up Special 2013 - The Year In Images

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2013 | (23:00)

Approaching the end of 2013, there is hardly a better way to celebrate it, than to give you an eloquent and visually captivating narrative of the personalities, sentiments, mechanisms and styles behind the Hang-Up family.

All the images below tell a different story and give insights to some of...

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Private View of Lauren Baker's Show 'You Blow My Mind'

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (15:36)

On Friday evening we launched 'You Blow My Mind' - East London- based multimedia artist Lauren Baker's debut show.

A big thank you to everyone who came down to the private view, it was a really successful, eclectic evening and it was lovely to meet you all. Special...

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On the Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art - 6 December 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (14:00)

This week's 'On the Streets' is not just another hefty review of Art Basel Week, but a surprisingly balanced overview of some of the most inspirational, moving and vibrant works from around the globe. Leading off is D*Face with his newest mural in Shibuya district, Tokyo. A tribute...

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On the Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art - 28 November 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (22:09)

This week's global street art review coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and central for the edition will be works revolvong around the intimate complex nature of women. It will also explore worthy walls done for Art Basel Week in Miami.

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On the Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 15 November 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (23:00)

''On the Streets'' this week starts off with the sumptuous, emotive piece by Rone in Berlin. Well -known for capturing the alluring decaying female beauty on a large scale, the wall stands out with its carefully balanced fragility and ephemeral visual elegance and rawness of the characters. Take...

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On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 08 November 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (21:58)

Continuing our strong tradition of reviewing the freshest and most interesting art on the streets, here is the recap from the first whole week of November. We start off with Shepard Fairey's impressive large-scale piece in Dallas. Shepard hardly ever needs an introduction at all. Renowned for his...

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Private View of Stanley Donwood's New Exhibition 'Apocalypse Boutique'

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (14:27)

Last Friday evening we launched 'Apocalypse Boutique' - fantastically varied series of rare screen-prints, linoprints, etchings and original canvases by British artist Stanley Donwood.

Thanks to everyone who came down to the private view, it was a really successful evening and it was lovely to meet you all....

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On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 01 November 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2013 | (23:00)

The focus of this week's 'On the Streets' is on pieces of art in the public domain that are strong, thought-provoking but playful and are a constant reminder of the human desire to explore unknown horizons. Leading off is Lithuanian born artist Ernest Zacharevic, whose new wall in...

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