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Hackney Wick artists concerned over area’s future

Hackney Wick artists concerned over area’s future

Hackney Wick’s artistic community is nervous for the future. Proposed development of the area mirrors similar gentrification processes that pushed creativity out of fellow inner city spots Shoreditch and Hoxton. Last week the planned development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was approved when The London Legacy Corporation awarded Balfour…

Hanna Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

Hanna Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery is holding the first UK exhibition of the works of German artist Hannah Höch. The exhibition, which runs from January 15 to March 23 at the Gallery on Whitechapel Road, spans over six decades of the artist’s career. This includes her contentious period with Berlin’s Dada movement, an…

Oslo in Hackney: Nightspot to open after demolition delay

Oslo in Hackney: Nightspot to open after demolition delay

A new Hackney nightspot has announced its rescheduled opening having overcome delays caused by the partial collapse of buildings on Amhurst Road in November. The opening of ‘Oslo’ was originally scheduled for December 2013 but was postponed due to Hackney Council’s decision to carry out urgent demolition works on nearby…

ELL picks the best local festive film screenings

ELL picks the best local festive film screenings

With special screenings of festive films planned all across the ELL boroughs this Christmas, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in the magic of cinema. So ditch the gift shopping, nurture your nostalgia with some cult classics and share the season’s greetings through the magic of the big screen at…

New Hoxton independent publisher goes to press

New Hoxton independent publisher goes to press

In light of his debut book ‘I’ve Lived in East London for 86 ½ years,’ ELL talks to London photographer Martin Usborne about his work with Hackney local Joseph Markovitch, and how it led to the Hoxton Mini Press. A year ago, London photographer Martin Usborne and his wife Ann decided to…

Celebrity portrait sales provide shelter for children

Celebrity portrait sales provide shelter for children

Musicians Jamie Cullum, Rudimental and Katie Melua are among almost 40 artists photographed for a collaborative charity project. The portraits taken by Paul Heneker, a London-based music and commercial photographer, have been signed by the artists to raise money for Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity. The prints are currently being…

Ida Pollock: a romance is never just a romance

Ida Pollock: a romance is never just a romance

Lewisham-born, Ida Pollock, the world’s oldest romantic novelist died at the age of 105 last Tuesday. Writing under a dozen pen names, including Anita Charles, Averil Ives and Marguerite Bell, Pollock was the author of over 120 books, selling millions of copies throughout her 90-year career. The centenarian continued to…

Feature film ‘Wasted’ shooting in New Cross

Feature film ‘Wasted’ shooting in New Cross

A feature film that is to be shot in New Cross and has been funded through crowd sourcing will begin shooting this month. ‘Wasted’ will be filmed mainly in Telegraph Hill, New Cross, and is the brainchild of local director Mark Gillis. It follows a man desperately trying to keep…

Brian Cox to speak at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle film festival

Brian Cox to speak at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle film festival

Physicist Brian Cox, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, and Don’t Look Now director Nicholas Roeg are among the celebrity names speaking at the Winter Shuffle film festival, which kicked off yesterday in Mile End. Curated by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, the 10-day-long event follows the success of his sold-out summer festival…

Rudimental scoop top prize at Festival Awards

Rudimental scoop top prize at Festival Awards

Hackney band Rudimental have won the ‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’ at the 10th annual UK Festival Awards on Monday evening. The band received the award at a ceremony in Camden’s Roundhouse, beating Mercury nominees Disclosure and Bastille. The winning quartet won for their performances at a number of festivals…