We speak to Scottish photographer and director Drew John Barnes about his career so far and the ‘5 Questions’ project.
A new free exhibition, Punk 1976-1978, opens Friday 13th May at The British Library in London. It explores the roots of the musical phenomenon through the words and artefacts of the artists at its visceral, beating heart.
Art Rookie opened their debut exhibition Thursday 17th March at theprintspace in Shoreditch, London with a packed private view. On display were works from seventeen of their successful members and most prolific artists alongside three lucky handpicked competition winners. Historic pop culture icons sat side by side with young pretenders to the throne, with film, music and TV as popular muses.
A slice of Japanese culture soundtracked by underground dance music can be found in Shoreditch at Night Tales. Until Christmas the foodie pop up is serving up Tokyo Nights, looking like a scene from the back streets of Japan featuring four bars, eight Ryokans (Japanese houses), a Love Hotel and six food outlets serving Asian and contemporary food. We headed along on Friday, November 13th to get a taste.
Impossible are bringing the Polaroid instant picture back into fashion, and showcased their new technology at the 8 × 8 exhibition in Hoxton Gallery from Thursday February 19th to Saturday, February 21st.
On Thursday 4th December, in the Londonewcastle project space, music and fashion lovers united to celebrate British street fashion from the late eighties to present day. Exhibition “89:14” marks the 25th anniversary of London born and bred brand, Boxfresh, and draws clear links between the clothes the youth of Britain wear and the music scenes they belong to.
Saturday 17th May was the first Feast in the Fields food festival of the year. Held at London Fields Brewery, the weekly event brings together local London purveyors of world food.
It was the launch of Fashion Sunday() on 2nd February at multi-arts venue Oval Space, a new monthly designer fashion marketplace dedicated to regularly bringing the largest selection yet of contemporary luxury brands and fresh independent design talent together under one, spacious roof in Hackney, East London.
An exciting new way to shop and discover fashion begins at Hackney’s Oval Space this Sunday 2nd February. At East London’s newest fashion market, you’ll find established designers alongside fresh design talent handpicked by Oval Space Fashion Curator and designer Tiffany Alwis. Promising a soundtrack by live DJs, champagne bar, pop-up terrace cafe by Forza Win, vintage lounge, and fresh flowers from Oriole and Thistle, there is plenty to entertain from 11am until 8pm.
Spin London, The Urban Cycle Show, debuted over the early May bank holiday weekend at The Old Truman Brewery. One hundred percent independent, it was a three-day event for cycling enthusiasts already using two pedals as their preferred mode of transport, and knowledgeable brand ambassadors there to help if you wanted to get on your bike.
Guerrilla Zoo’s acclaimed Modern Panic exhibition returns for a third installment, featuring a unique collection of over fifty surreal, controversial and provocative international artists and live art performances.
Comic duo Robin and Partridge inaugurated the Old Vic Tunnels’ Screen Room Society with a night shrouded in secrecy until guests arrived on the night. All we were told is to bring a prop and dress appropriately to swear allegiance to one of four tribes: knights (in which case we had to take a sword), gnomes (beard), explorers (map) or tax inspectors (a packed lunch). As a motley crew of willing patrons, many of whom had gone all out with their fancy dress, arrived at the venue below Waterloo station’s railway tracks, they were ushered into a bar dressed up like a venue hidden deep in a forest. A wry sense of humour was already flowing with free Twiglets littering the place, invitations to fish plastic ducks out of a tiny plastic pond or make chalk drawings on the floor, before we were swept into the performing space and a uniquely quirky night of comedy and cabaret.
An innovative evening of interactive comedy and cabaret is coming to The Old Vic Tunnels, its exact details shrouded in secrecy until you’ve committed yourself to join the The Screen Room Society on Friday, June 3rd. Hosted by comedy duo Robin and Partridge, the two curious gentlemen are curating the entertainment which will also feature award-winning comic Scotsman Phil Kay and musical comedienne extraordinaire Rachel Parris.
The highly-anticipated December Nights: Tales From The Albion at The Old Vic Tunnels is less than two weeks away and already sold out. London’s most unique performance space is readying itself for the arrival of a plethora of creative minds to come together and recreate the best of Englishness throughout the ages. I caught up with comic double act Robin & Partridge who will host a bandstand full of live performance to find out more.
Russell Kane only gave up his day job a few years ago. Now he’s won the Edinburgh Comedy Award and flies First Class. Makes us sick, frankly. But we managed to swallow our jealousy and catch up with the comic to talk about baboons and Bacardi Breezers.
Powerful drama Scorched arrives at The Old Vic Tunnels with a string of plaudits since its debut in France in 2003 at Incendies. Since then its been adapted into English, Spanish, Japanese and Romanian with a film to follow. It’s a dark, brooding mystery of a mother of twins who leaves a cryptic quest for her twin offspring to complete in her will. It’s twin narrative strands of present day and a unnamed war in the Middle East draw on writer Wajdi Mouawad’s childhood of being brought up in a Lebanese village when a civil war broke out, making for a personal element which helps drive the authenticity so essential to the play and emphasised by Dialogue Productions’ impressive use of this unique creative space.
On a late summer night, The Old Vic Tunnels invited Londoners to enter their lair to explore a collision of culture as they melded art, circus, theatre, music and poetry into two nights of encounters in the shadows and performances in the arches. The unique collaboration made possible by the vision of the in-house team and its dedicated volunteers and interns, dubbed Dark Carnival: Notes from Undergound, enabled the audience to decide what they wanted to see and how involved they wanted to get, with a an atmosphere of intrigue and excitement throughout. Mike Barnard and his intrepid explorers took the step into the carnival.
For two nights the Old Vic Tunnels in London will play host to an array of artistic talent featuring theatre, ﬁlm, visual arts and installation, spoken word, interactive performance, dance, music, circus and cabaret. Beneath the train tracks of Waterloo station on Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st enter a space where you will be able to explore the atmospheric space ofthe tunnels, becoming part of the Dark Carnival world for a ﬂeeting moment, a few minutes or the whole night.
Trains are arriving at Waterloo Station on tracks held up by creativity as The Old Vic injects culture into the tunnels beneath the tracks. The evolving space has already been the setting for theatre, music events, art exhibitions and the premiere of the Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop, while the current production Ditch makes use of the surroundings with installations setting the scene as you enter. With a diverse programme planned over the coming months, there’s also the opportunity to get involved with a unique volunteer scheme and internships available to become part of the Old Vic Tunnel community and get real experience in this fascinating space. Mike Barnard found out more.
Leading paint brand Dulux has launched its Let’s Colour project to inspire people to reclaim their surroundings and regenerate them with a splash of colour all over the world.
The Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent and the Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, present the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Yves Saint Laurent, the major figure in the fashion of the second half of the twentieth century.
Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier action and adventure sports photography competition. After a highly successful inaugural event in 2007, the 2010 Image Quest is well under way with 4,337 photographers from 112 countries registered to the website and 22,764 images submitted to the competition — three times more than the amount entered in 2007.
Juan Diaz, a born in Scotland in 1977, spent his childhood creating animated films and photographing his friends dressed as Hollywood stars. Now, London-based, he works with international icons such as his friend Grace Jones. Armed with natural talent, a bright and engaging personality, Juan brings a vivacious energy and a strong sense of individuality to all of his work.
The world’s biggest photography contest is back! The Red Bull Illume Image Quest invites photographers to submit their finest adventure sports images, illuminating the passion, thrilling lifestyle and culture behind each shot.
Contemporary street art has popped in Mayfair for the weekend as part of an exhibition aimed at displaying and selling some of the hottest works by the best artists producing cutting edge work today. The first Flying Eyeball production is an urban visual feast at 27 Cork Street in London until Sunday (December 12th) and with work from Shoe, Inkie, Eine, Mysterious Al, Sickboy, Insa, Zeus, Hush, Mau Mau, Kid Acne, Steff Plaetz, Chu, Shok 1, RYCA, it’s a must-see with the option to buy your favourite.