Colleen

Café Oto, June 8 I’m worried that I’m late but, as I arrive, the crowd is still queuing outside Dalston’s Café Oto, and the atmosphere of anticipation is tangible. It’s a bright, light, early summer night, as we finally enter the venue, the light immediately dropping down into darkness, like entering the inside of a…

Raising The Roof

London based photographer Ben Hopper has been working on ‘Dancers on Rooftops’ since 2012, inviting all kinds of dancers to perform on the industrial roofs of buildings in Hackney Wick. The resulting images combine the grace and elegance of his models against a harsh urban vista. Here is a small selection of some of the…

London Underground

London, Underground

Art and the London Tube seem inextricably linked. Notwithstanding the long running ‘Art on the Underground’ campaign, the Tube has long been a fertile site for creative minds. From Simon Patterson’s 1992 lithograph ‘The Great Bear’, which brilliantly intervened on that most iconic of Tube visualisations, Harry Beck’s schematic transit map, to Mark Wallinger’s ‘Labyrinth’…

Josephine Wood

From warehouse parties to family roots, Goldsmiths graduate Josephine Wood has a varied association with Hackney Wick. Here, she talks about her work and the benefits and shortcomings of being based in one of London’s most established artist communities. In 2006, a friend asked me if I’d share a studio with her in Hackney Wick;…

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Arbeit

A number of galleries and artist-run spaces have emerged in Hackney Wick over the last few years, largely thanks to its relative affordability and location. Both factors are a big pull for artists, allowing them to focus on their work without the pressure of exorbitant rents or the distraction of wall-to-wall coffee outlets, but still…

This Woman's Work

Versatile, Spanish-based French musician Cécile Schott, aka Colleen, garnered legions of admirers and critical plaudits with a trio of post-millennial albums for the Leaf label which parlayed looped electronics, arcane instruments and minimalist chamber textures into an inimitably beguiling signature. After a hiatus of several years, Colleen is set to return with a new album,…

Louis Amore

Back in the distant days of camera film, it was experimenting with his sister’s Pentax and the school dark room that kick-started Louis Amore’s interest in photography. While he is now adjusted to a 35mm DSLR, he sees himself as a traditionalist at heart, and, a self confessed “sharpness freak”. Art & Music caught up…

Dara Scully

Much of the inspiration for Dara Scully’s photography comes from mixing her loves of nature, fantasy and folklore. Her models become goddesses in silent woodland settings, where they blend into their surroundings. your branches/my bones is taken from a series of the same name which features Scully as both muse and photographer. These are rich,…

Canal Knowledge

Decades of unauthorized creative activity alongside London’s waterways have created an ever-changing, al fresco ‘art gallery’ which is now as ineluctable a part of the city’s canals as the narrowboats which putter along them. This summer, The Canals Project, curated by Cedar Lewisohn, aims to shine a spotlight on this area with a series of new works…