12 years old / 85 cities / 42 countries / over 2000 shows
The "Fight Club" of the art scene, inspired by Marvel comics and graffiti.
A fixture in the global art community for over 12 years, Secret Walls (Formerly Secret Wars) is the World's premier live art event.
Secret Walls brought global, and unparalleled live illustration battles to the creative terrain of Shoreditch in 2006. The cool simplicity of a monochrome palette mixed with the invigorating effects of time constraint has proven to be a winning concept. Today, over one thousand shows have been witnessed by the masses in almost every continent.
Aspiring artists of all styles and backgrounds contend on the global platform. They're armed solely with black markers or acrylic paint, with the challenge of filling a large canvas.
The popularity of Terry Guy’s innovative enterprise seems relentless, indicating that his battle may have only just begun. Since 2006, when Secret Walls premiered their concept in an East London bar, the intimate subterranean setting of the battles has expanded to every dark corner of the world.
Major cities host the increasingly popular tournaments, including London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Sydney, spreading more than three hundred Secret Walls artists over 42 countries.
Two key formulas have ensured the world-spreading popularity of Secret Walls. First, its inherent simplicity: two artists or teams have 90 minutes to coat their white walls of up to 25ft high in black markered or painted images, while the crowd cheers in decibels for their vote. Alongside them, two neutral guest judges help choose the winner that proceeds on to the next round. Second, the entertainment value of the event is what turns the crowd into a fan base. In conjunction with DJs, drinks, voting power and time pressure, comes also the thrill of watching freestyle artwork unfold before one’s eyes.
It's an experience that connects the audience to the artist as they watch them freestyle on a large piece before their eyes, showing the process of the work that we are so used to seeing as finished pieces in galleries.
SW continues to grow and conquer new countries and cities. The dream is to slowly paint the world black and white.