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?
I recently came across the Lazaride’s Gallery Shop in Soho. It’s a great space selling some really nice prints and pieces, all on display for a browse with no pressure to buy anything.
The shop hosts a changing programme of edgy urban and ‘outsider’ art from the likes of Jamie Hewlett, Antony Micallef, Faile, Stanley Donwood, Mode 2, Paul Insect and Space Invader.
The best work is on the lower floor known as ‘The Dungeon’. There’s currently an interesting Space Invader animation playing and this rather bizarre sculpture of a man with his head in the wall…?
Lazaride’s Gallery on Lazaride’s Gallery: “Committed to creating an unconventional atmosphere in which to witness unconventional artworks as far out as taxidermy renderings, Lazarides focuses on pushing the boundaries of ‘street art’, promoting artists who create without formal training, but rather by their own inspirations, imaginations and relationship to popular culture.”
Lazaride’s Shop, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DG