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

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

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

Rudimental – dance music with a Hackney soul

(An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen newspaper.) The quartet of former youth workers are set for mainstream success with their feelgood blends Teetering on the edge of the underground but ready to blast into the mainstream, Rudimental are already commandeering the airwaves. ‘Spoons’, a house tune they produced in a couple of hours,

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Dele Osunsami – a poet for the facebook generation

An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen newspaper last week. Dele Osunsami’s gift for poetry was discovered after he started posting his work online. The Hackney Citizen finds out more about the man behind the rhymes…   Revelling in the spring sunshine after weeks of torrential rain, I draped my leather jacket over the

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Pain at the Dentist

An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen – published yesterday. Behind the façade of a dodgy-looking high-street dental surgery on Chatsworth Road – tacky bright yellow shop signs intact – the Alvarado Gallery is currently hosting its first pop-up exhibition. The aptly-named Pain at the Dentist is first in a series of four exhibitions

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The artists’ playground

A response to Hackney’s art-laden streets (by me – published in the Hackney Citizen in 2009) THE streets of East London serve as a canvas for artists: from the stone sculptures on London Fields to the Hackney Peace Carnival mural brightening up Dalston Lane. The public can feast their eyes on artwork galore: with East

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The Effluent Society

Below is an article I wrote back in June 2009 for the Hackney Citizen – when the Olympic games were so far yonder – no one had any real idea about the impact they would have on East London. SLUMP CITY, an exhibition hosted by SPACE Studios, looks at the effects of the global recession

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