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Gaultier inspired fashion hub to showcase local designers

Gaultier inspired fashion hub to showcase local designers

The Barbican will be hosting a Jean Paul Gaultier inspired pop-up market, celebrating Hackney street fashion and aspiring fashion designers this summer. The arts centre’s annual Beyond Barbican programme will see Ram Street Fashion Market transformed into a showcase for new graduates, east London designers and rising stars who reflect…

Fascinated by the pre-fab: a look at Britain’s war housing

Fascinated by the pre-fab: a look at Britain’s war housing

The Excalibur Estate in Catford is the largest surviving prefab housing estate with 186 bungalows, that is until later this year when Lewisham Council is set to bulldoze all but six to make way for 371 new properties. Before the council move in, photographer Elisabeth Blanchet has opened “The Prefab…

Hackney museum to celebrate its 100th birthday

Hackney museum to celebrate its 100th birthday

The Geffrye Museum in Kingsland Road is celebrating its centenary through a programme of exhibitions and events starting this month with domestic design exhibition Useful + Beautiful: Contemporary Design for the Home. April also marks 300 years since the Grade-1 listing building was built in 1714 as almshouses for poor…

Writing on the wall: The changing faces of street art

Writing on the wall: The changing faces of street art

In May last year, some of the best street artists from around the world gathered for the Baroque the Streets Festival in Dulwich, each of them with the task of drawing on Dulwich’s domestic walls their own version of a classic painting. The paintings that were reinterpreted by the muralists…

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

She arrives smiley and enthusiastic on her bike, proudly holding the big keys of St John On Bethnal Green church. The show, called Non-Sterile, is Linda Toigo’s first exhibition, the result of over two years’ hard work. Toigo’s art varies from graphic design to paper engineering, covering illustration for books and…

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

An event for the most fashion savvy and unconventional brides and grooms is coming to Hackney next week. A Most Curious Wedding Fair, a bridal show featuring all sorts of vintage and quirky dresses and props, is heading to Hackney Down Studios this spring with exhibitors from the UK, Europe and…

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

A group of Hackney students have attracted Royal attention for producing a film that goes behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace, to boost interest in people from all walks of life to work for the Royal family. The 10-minute documentary includes interviews with majority of the departments that run the…

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Three buildings in the EastLondonlines boroughs have been recognised for their “outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment”. The Civic Trust has commended the St Andrews Residential Development in Tower Hamlets, The New Generation Youth and Community Centre (TNG) in Lewisham, and the Thomas Fairchild Community…

National Centre for Circus Arts launches in Shoreditch

National Centre for Circus Arts launches in Shoreditch

The National Centre for Circus Arts, formerly known as Circus Space, was officially launched in Shoreditch on Tuesday, to coincide with its 25th birthday. The project aims to give the British circus industry the profile to rival leading international organisations such as Cirque du Soleil, a company that is worth…

Catford pre-fab estate turns into pop-up exhibition

Catford pre-fab estate turns into pop-up exhibition

One of the city’s last pre-fab estates in Catford has been turned into a pop-up exhibition this month, filled with photos, films and memorabilia documenting the history of post-war housing in the area. Excalibur Estate was built by Italian and German prisoners of war between 1945 and 1946, but only…

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