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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…

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…