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Artist studios bring new era of creativity to Wapping

Artist studios bring new era of creativity to Wapping

A new artist studio complex- the Rum Factory – was opened in the former News International site in Wapping last week by Bow Arts Trust. The Rum Factory studios in The Pennington Street Warehouse are named after the buildings previous use as a rum store, although they were more recently…

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

It is already becoming the encyclopaedia of hipster hairstyles. From the high top to pig tails, artist Daniel Frost’s new book ‘Haircuts of Hackney’ illustrates the creativity of personal style in Hackney. “I like the theme of it being an encyclopaedia. It’s a nice way of looking at it,” Frost…

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Scandinavian themed pop-up festival the Kopparberg Urban Forest has returned to Hackney for the second year running. The free pop-up festival started on Wednesday in Hackney Wick and will run through to July 12, featuring a range of British and Scandinavian musicians and DJs, such as Scandinavian group Summer Heart…

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED festival survives after a successful second meeting with eager artists and community members. The event will transform into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) open studio, where people are invited to enjoy art, meet artists and purchase pieces. Many displayed a strong interest in the small-scale event during a meeting held last…

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

The work of Turner Prize nominated artists Bonnie Camplin and Janice Kerbel, lecturers from Goldsmiths University, has been well received by critics. Kerbel has been shortlisted for her operatic piece DOUG. The work was commissioned by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library in Glasgow. DOUG is a combination of nine songs…

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Artists in Hackney’s Cremer Street Studios are facing a difficult choice: support demolition of the building or vacate their studios in less than two months. The artists in the building were told by their landlords, JD Simmons and Regal Homes, to sign a letter stating they will not oppose development…

Author’s new book earns Radio Four double selection

Author’s new book earns Radio Four double selection

Whitechapel-based author Steve Boggan can now boast a 100 per cent success rate in having his books selected for Radio Four’s Book of the Week: his second book, Gold Fever, fills the popular reading slot this week. Boggan, a freelance journalist for a number of national newspapers and a visiting…

Squat to success: community centre opens in New Cross

Squat to success: community centre opens in New Cross

A derelict squat and overgrown garden has been transformed into a rent-free, community resource for New Cross residents. The Field, a creative not-for-profit community centre, officially opened its doors last November but only recently became the space the founding members originally envisioned. Conceived by a tight knit group of New…

Hackney Museum in bid to host artist Yinka Shonibare

Hackney Museum in bid to host artist Yinka Shonibare

Hackney Museum is currently competing with five other venues to host local contemporary artist and Goldsmiths alumnus  Yinka Shonibare for the October “Museum at Night” event. Similar to The Museum of Croydon’s bid to host Gillian Wearing, a public vote ending at 8pm on Saturday May 16 will determine the winner…

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

One of the last surviving music halls, Hoxton Hall, has been given a new lease of life after a £2.5 million makeover. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, restoration works by Foster Wilson Architects to the Grade II-listed building took about a year to complete. When it re-opens soon, the…

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