With the desire to art take out of stuffy traditional galleries and onto the streets, the early 1980s graffiti boom gave art back to the people. Now Street Art itself can be seen as a little mainstream.
In Brixton graffiti was seen as a way to brighten the area rather than as a problem. Consequently, the council began commissioning street art. Brixton now has a lot of art adorning it streets, which the London Mural Preservation Society maintains. Some is by international street artists, while other works are by local community groups.
For more details about the amazing street art, check out the blog Written by Max MacBride at http://www.brixtonblog.com/meet-brixtons-street-artists/25312