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‘Invisible house’ to be built on site of disused garages

‘Invisible house’ to be built on site of disused garages

London’s first “invisible house” is to be built in Brockley, replacing two disused garages. Lewisham Council has granted planning permission for the building in Manor Avenue, which will use mirrors to help the house to blend in with the leafy surroundings.  It will also have a rooftop terrace overlooking the…

Exhibition explores local history using everyday items

Exhibition explores local history using everyday items

An exhibition to celebrate Lewisham’s history will open in New Cross today, exploring cultural changes over time by celebrating objects from people’s lives – from shopping bags to takeaway pizza menus. The Yesterday is Now History show is curated by two Goldsmiths university’s graduates, artist Eleanor Davies and anthropologist/historian Sophie…

Hale Man: The people’s artist of Croydon

Hale Man: The people’s artist of Croydon

  Hale Man, an artist-in-residence at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon will be opening a new exhibition, “Elements of Transformation” on Saturday, June 14, with a full day of events scheduled. A painter as well as a sculptor working in the metal arts, Man was trained at the Royal College…

Field Day: intimacy, brass bands and singalongs

Field Day: intimacy, brass bands and singalongs

What I love most about smaller festivals like Field Day is the intimacy. Despite the event’s continual expansion, it remains considerably more manageable than festival behemoths like Glastonbury. The venue at Victoria Park was just the right size as it was spacious enough to bask in the sun without feeling…

Storytelling and music on Late Night Literary Salon

Storytelling and music on Late Night Literary Salon

On the top floor of the White Hart pub in Stoke Newington on Friday, a crowd gathered for an evening filled with “storytelling, drinking and music.” The Late Night Literary Salon, as it was called, took place in conjunction with the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. The event was hosted by…

Field Day 2014 in Victoria Park: Five artists to watch

Field Day 2014 in Victoria Park: Five artists to watch

The festival season is finally here and if you can’t be bothered with huge, muddy and troublesome festivals like Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds or Isle of Wright, smaller city-based ones like Field Day Festival is a far simpler and often more fruitful option. The two-day festival returns to Victoria Park this weekend.…

Goldsmiths graduate James Blake wins Novello award

Goldsmiths graduate James Blake wins Novello award

Goldsmiths graduate, James Blake, was honoured at the Ivor Novello awards last week. The 25-year-old Londoner won Best Contemporary Song for the track Retrograde  off  his second album Overgrown. His award follows previous success at the Mercury Music Prize last October and  follows a Grammy in January for Best New Artist. Blake is part of a…

Croydon’s concrete ghosts: failed vision of the future?

Croydon’s concrete ghosts: failed vision of the future?

A 1960′s plan to create a utopia of concrete buildings never quite took hold of Croydon, a plan that according to one designer continues to haunt the area. Rob Mowbray, Graphic Design Lecturer at the  Croydon School of Art, introduced East London Lines to his ‘The Sir James Marshall Psychogeographic Memorial:…

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.…

With degree shows on the horizon ELL looks at how Fine Art Graduates can get their foot in the door

With degree shows on the horizon ELL looks at how Fine Art Graduates can get their foot in the door

With art seemingly more popular then ever, ELL investigates how to get your foot in that ever-elusive door, through further study, freelancing, funding, and the holy grail of our generation: the internet. By Laura Raphael & Mathilde Ive The corridors of Goldsmiths University of London are filled with echoed sounds of…