Sophie Rees – the art of simplicity

Dalston artist, who is to open a new gallery shortly, explains how she composes her vibrant paintings (article written for August print edition of Hackney Citizen newspaper and also published online here). Canvasses bursting with colour adorn the walls of her Ridley Road studio, last month she organised a 50-stall arts and crafts market at

One Good Thing About Music

An exhibition of photographs by David Corio at Chats Palace captures legendary musicians at the heights of their powers (Published in the August edition of the Hackney Citizen and online here) Photographer David Corio spent the 80s and 90s rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Marley, the Fugees and Marvin Gaye. An exhibition of

Frank Laws – London Bits

Hackney artist’s social housing paintings reveal beauty in the mundane as he explores his mixed feelings about the borough’s changing face (an article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen newspaper – printed in July, also published online here). East London has spent recent years undergoing major reconstruction in preparation for this month’s Olympics. Though the

Interview: filmmaker Cavan Clerkin on Nice Guy

Cavan Clerkin talks about his independently-made crime drama which recently premiered at the East End Film Festival (published by the Hackney Citizen newspaper) Nice Guy, an independent gangster film shot in Hackney, recently premiered at the East End Film Festival. Starring Cavan Clerkin (Pierrepoint, The Shadowline), it documents the demise of David, a middle-aged man

Talking poetry with Katy Evans-Bush

The New York-born, Hackney-based poet believes the internet has a lot to offer aspiring writers (published by the Hackney Citizen) Blogger, published poet and self-proclaimed conversationalist Katy Evans-Bush was recently shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2012. Her blog Baroque in Hackney features critiques, anecdotes and musings, just like many other blogs. So what makes hers

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend – review

The star-studded line-up included Jay-Z, Rihanna and Hackney-grown talents Leona Lewis, Professor Green and Rudimental (article written for the Hackney Citizen) In celebration of staging of the 2012 Olympics in Hackney and surrounding boroughs, the BBC’s Radio One hosted a free two-day festival for local residents on Hackney Marshes last weekend. International popstars and DJs

Lovebox – review

Last weekend’s festival on the fringe of Hackney did not disappoint (an article written for theHackney Citizen. All photographs by Richard Ridout.) Last weekend Lovebox festival took over Victoria Park, just south of Hackney. Hot Chip, Friendly Fires and Grace Jones headlined the three-day gig, drawing huge crowds to the main stage. Meanwhile, the smaller

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Get Carta – the art of mapping

(An article written for the June edition of the Hackney Citizen newspaper, published online here) Eight artists explore community, place, and nature at the Karin Janssen Project Space in Well Street Well Street’s Karin Janssen Project Space is a pocket of white light on a multicoloured community high street. Next door, polka-dot umbrellas are stacked

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