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Geffrye Museum exhibition celebrates 100 years

Geffrye Museum exhibition  celebrates 100 years

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton has spent a hundred years showcasing the most exciting designers and trends for the home, so when ELL heard over 5000 visitors had already beaten a path to its latest exhibition useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home, we decided to explore what’s in…

Can classical music reduce criminality in Brick Lane?

Can classical music reduce criminality in Brick Lane?

Brick Lane in Shoreditch is known for its artistic vibe, with art galleries, alternative cafés, restaurants and clubs playing loud music. It’s an area where people gather after drinking and trouble is likely to happen.  Last month, Chris Smith of the Green Party suggested using classical music as a way…

Street art murals create a buzz about the plight of bees

Street art murals create a buzz about the plight of bees

Contemporary art has long been a vehicle used to highlight various social issues that effect society. On the graffiti covered walls that surround Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street Station, organisers of the Save the Bees Project are using large-scale murals to draw attention to the future of bees. The…

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

As the weather gets warmer, so does the debate surrounding the brutalist Balfron Tower. The listed building is due a makeover, and permanent residents are being ‘decanted’ before works begin. Meanwhile, a housing scheme run by the Bow Arts Trust offers artists temporary residence in the emptied flats until renovation starts.…

Review: The Secret Comedians at PaperDress Hackney

Review: The Secret Comedians at PaperDress Hackney

  It’s the first anniversary of Hackney-based comedy club, The Secret Comedians, and PaperDress Vintage is beginning its transformation from quirky second-hand clothes shop to intimate performance venue. Located just off Shoreditch High Street, the space attracts the fashion-hungry, art enthusiasts of east London, plus the occasional passer-by drawn in…

London artists: how to find affordable studios

London artists: how to find affordable studios

With 3,500 artists and designers on waiting lists for studio space, London’s creative practitioners currently face a particularly threatening crisis. One of: rising rents, property development, and constant upheaval. East London, which has long been a centre for creative industries in the capital, is the main battleground for this struggle.…

C A Mathew: 100 years of photography in Spitalfields

C A Mathew: 100 years of photography in Spitalfields

The photographs of C A Mathew, taken in Spitalfields 100 years ago, are on show at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery in Tower Hamlets until April 25. Most people have a hard time imagining what their neighbourhood looked like 100 years ago, but for residents of Spitalfields in Tower Hamlets that’s no…

New multi-arts venue launches in Hackney Wick

New multi-arts venue launches in Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick is well known in East London for its vibrant cultural scene, and canal-side bar and restaurant Number 90 is the latest addition.  The industrial space has been developed by the proprietors over to house exhibitions, events and gigs in a ‘multi-art’ venue, alongside the restaurant.  This weekend, Number…

Death drawing: Gothic sketching this Valentine’s

Death drawing: Gothic sketching this Valentine’s

Forget life drawing, go gothic this Valentine’s at an Art Macabre ‘death drawing’ session – perfect for both blood-lusting lovers and sick-of-love singletons. The first of the drawing class’ Bloody Valentines Specials took place last night at the Hackney Attic. And, if their Romance is Dead session was anything to…

Stoke Newington man: Life through the camera lens

Stoke Newington man: Life through the camera lens

In a quiet, affluent street minutes from Stoke Newington High Street, Alan Denney is sitting in his navy-toned living room. The room is quite bare, bar two crowded bookshelves. Wearing crocs and socks with a burnt orange jumper, Denney is sipping on his tea. A couple of cats slink around.…

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