Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.
"In 1993, there was Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’ sculpture in Grove Rd, then Tracey Emin & Sarah Lucas’‘Shop’ in Bethnal Green Rd and now Lucy Sparrow’s ‘Corner Shop’ in Wellington Row. Each of these endeavours has succeeded in capturing the public imagination in different ways, as reflections upon the traditional East End landscape of terraced housing and small independently-run shops – and, in her witty and deceptively-ambitious creation, Lucy Sparrow proves herself a worthy successor to her illustrious predecessors."
The Corner Shop is open at 19 Wellington Row E2 7BB, until 31st August from 10am – 7pm
"John Dolan and his thoughtful dog, George, have become an East End landmark in recent years, sitting patiently day after day in the same spot opposite the petrol station on Shoreditch High St while the world and the traffic passed by. Yet all this time, John was watching and, after a year of looking at the same view each day, he picked up a pen and began to draw what he saw before him. Soon after, John’s drawings were published in a local magazine and it proved to be a life-changing moment."
Fire, a primordial power has long held a certain fascination for mankind. Anything from its ability to heat early caves, and later homes, and then when fire was confined into gas boilers, we still decorate our homes with candles.
The Sea Chair project by Royal College of Art graduates Alexander Groves, Azusa Murakami and Kieren Jones . Keiren is based in South Kilburn studios. What an amazing and worthwhile project from these forward thinking and extremely talented trio of eco designers! Love it! Intend to visit the studios, next time they are open to the local community.
"Our forthcoming exhibition is called MIX and forms part of the gallery’s biannual group show programme, which showcases and introduces the breadth of artists that are associated with the gallery.
Running throughout the summer, on display you’ll find new original works from our roster of contemporary and street artists alongside iconic pieces from world renowned names. Expect to see everything from classic oil on canvas, through to neon/light sculpture and even latex.
To register your interest in the show or to add your name to the guest list for the evening, please email: email@example.com
Expect to see works from the following:
Chapman Brothers, Andy Picci, Noah Taylor, Ross Ryan, Jake Wood-Evans, Michelle Mildenhall, Jessica Albarn, Sara Pope, Shuby, Anna Kyriacou, Russell Marshall, David Walker, Miss Bugs, Andy Doig, Dan Baldwin, Magnus Gjoen, Banksy, Dave Ross, Dave White, Ryan Callanan, Peter Blake, Sarah Shaw, Copyright, Gemma Compton, Geraldine Swayne, Tom French, Carne Griffiths, Sepe, Nick Smith, Bonnie and Clyde, Maria Rivans, Gedvile Bunikyte, Thomas Brothers, Mr Brainwash, Damien Hirst, Ben Eine "
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
I have been an admirer of Carne Griffiths' work (pictured above) for some time .As stated, an interesting mix at this summer show!
Due to popular demand, we have extended our opening hours for Matisse: The Cut-Outs in the final week of the show. Doors will open at Tate Modern 10.00 on Saturday 6 September and remain open until 22.00 on Sunday 7 September 2014
Alexa Chung is described as an “It Girl” so often that it is safe, with apologies to Clara Bow, to go ahead and call her that. Which means that when she appears on the cover of British Vogue, as she does this month, the fashionistas take note. The Vogue cover story in question is a couture fashion shoot styled by the magazine’s fashion director Lucinda Chambers and photographed by the legendary Patrick Demarchelier. Did I mention that it is inspired by and named after one of our very favourite silent films: Chaplin’s heartbreaking, hilarious The Kid?
According to the pages of Vogue, “Alexa Chung channels her inner Charlie Chaplin in the season’s most magical designs”. The outfits featured combine couture gowns by houses including Chanel, Valentino (!) and Versace with vintage hats (something of a trademark for Chambers), and classic Chaplinesque touches – oversized boots, baggy pinstripe trousers and even a spindly bamboo cane. It’s a fashion shoot rather than a fancy-dress act, so the source material has been interpreted, not replicated: Chung wears a peaked cap that’s more Jackie Coogan than Little Tramp, for example. But it’s not entirely fast-and-loose. You could view those designer dresses, embellished with pearls and sequins, as a nod to Edna Purviance’s upper-class character in the same film – meaning that Chung encapsulates the whole family. More likely, the Chaplin look has been chosen to offset all that opulence and to capitalise on Chung’s gamine beauty. She has long been celebrated for a certain “street-urchin” look that’s pure The Kid. In fact, she told Glamour magazine in 2012 that Chaplin inspired her dress sense, captioning a selfie with the words: ”This is my Charlie Chaplin look – black trousers with suspenders and an Yves Saint Laurent shirt. Putting weird pieces of clothing together is what I’m good at.”
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
Q- WHAT IS SILENT LONDON?
A- Silent London is THE place to find out when and where silent films are screened in London.
"Electronics giant Siemens recently unveiled the Crystal, a £30m project in east London that aims to promote sustainable urban development in the capital. The structure, which stands on the waterfront at the Royal Victoria Docks, covers more than 6,300 square metres and takes its place as one of Britain’s greenest buildings, having been built to achieve top scores in both the BREEAM and LEED rankings for energy efficient complexes. Inside is Siemens’ Centre of Competence Cities, a team made up of urban sustainability experts, as well as an exhibition on the future of cities across the world. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was there to officially launch the building, and said, “The futuristic Crystal is a fantastic new landmark for London which has breathed new life into the historic Royal Docks.” and noted that “Siemens’ investment is a great boost to our ambitious plans to redevelop swathes of former industrial land in order to bring jobs to the capital.”
The hub of this summer’s Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, is only five miles down the road from the Crystal, and the London mayor made reference to the successful games, saying that the new development is another step forward in east London’s “rebirth”..."
In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the "Domestic Transformer."
not London Life, but city life elsewhere - comparisons can be drawn -meanwhile - what an ambitious and exciting project! come on London!! Do something similar here! Or am I missing something already in existence ..happening in London ..below my radar? if so ..please let me know about it!