The ever expanding creative initiative Art Below, is taking over the London Underground one step at a time. You will already likely be familiar with the quirky art works often displayed in regular advertising spaces across tube platforms, but now commuters at Kennington Tube Station will be greeted with a bounty art work created by up 16 MA students at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Twenty A1 sized panels inside the 2 passenger lifts (normally taken up by advertising) are currently dominated by a varied selection of works.
The Fairtrade Mad Artist Tea Party opened at London’s Future Gallery over this bank holiday weekend to the delight of eager edible art fans. The show really did pull in quite a crowd, and it’s no surprise considering the fun original concept and the talent involved including Pete Fowler, Stuart Semple, Bompas and Parr, Jon Burgerman and Peat Wollaeger (stenSOUL).
Curatorial duet George Major and Hanna Sorrell of itinerant art gallery Squid & Tabernacle, must feel quite at home in their Dalston shipping container by now. Their previous three exhibitions have all been staged in the claustrophobic pod, which has proved to be a remarkably versatile space throughout the course of the year.
But now as they say, ‘all good things must come to an end’ and so it is time for Squid & Tabernacle to find a new home, but not without one final fantastic finale exhibition to give the shipping container the farewell it deserves. From September 2nd S&T present; Matthew Coombes: Come What Will.
I’m absolutely loving The Mad Artists Tea Party concept dreamt up by the one and only Miss Cake head of quirky subversive blog, ‘Cakehead Loves’ in association with the sweetest of brand partners, Tate and Lyle sugar. For a start, what’s not to like in the name? Mad, art, tea and party, all of my favourite things rolled into one extravaganza of ‘pop biscuits & toffee shocks’!
Establishments in the newly connected areas anticipate a significant increase in visitor numbers and with East London being a thriving artistic hot spot, the cultural economy is bound to benefit. In celebration of this fact comes CultureLine, a grouping of 10 museums and galleries which can be found along the length of the rail road.
The weather might not be up to much but it’s still summer and everyone likes a trip to the seaside so what better way to spend a lazy sunday than with a trip to the beach? Not the coast mind, this beach is in Whitechapel of all places. Scrivener’s Cove is a little-known writers’ and readers’ retreat that pops up intermittently in cities such as London. The pop up beach will be run by the Whitechapel Gallery, supported by Stanley Picker Trust, offering a relaxing space in the heart of the East in Altab Ali Park. So why not bring along a picnic and beach towel, a novel (or a trashy mag!) and spend the afternoon in the sand?
Check out NewSpeak, an online arts project created by Immo Blaese for the 10th Web Biennial at the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum.
The website is a virtual world of colliding words & messages that seems to represent the incessent influx of information that is constantly being fired around internet space. It’s really quite mesmerising to watch.