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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…

Street Artists come to Stoke Newington for Wall to Wall

Street Artists come to Stoke Newington for Wall to Wall

Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington is currently holding ‘Wall to Wall’, a group exhibition featuring the work of today’s most famous street artists, including Bristol boy Banksy. The exhibition, on 56 Stoke Newington High Street, hopes to explore the diverse nature of modern urban art and to “create a fuller…

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…