As the weather slowly starts to warm up, things are also hotting up in East London with exhibitions and festivals aplenty! There is something to tickle all your tastebuds and your intellect.
The Marmite Prize for Painting, 8 April - 1 May 2011, The Nunnery
The Marmite Prize for Painting is a biennial open submission prize and touring exhibition, showcasing the best in contemporary painting from the UK and abroad. Returning for its third outing, this exhibition of a diverse selection of paintings by 48 artists provides an opportunity to view new work by established painters alongside emerging artists. The final stage of the exhibition, and the announcement of this year’s winner, will take place at The Nunnery this month. There will be a programme of additional events accompanying the exhibition including a Curators’ Talk with the Marmite Prize curators, Marcus Cope and Stephanie Moran.
Peter Wylie, Concrete , 8-28 April 2011, Eleven Spitalfields Gallery
Peter Wylie's series of paintings, initially called 'Buildings' was formally launched at a much publicised exhibition 2 years ago in Erno Goldfingers iconic Balfron Tower in east London, in a show flat high up on the 21st floor, an entirely appropriate venue to examine the visionary social housing developments of the 1960’s.In this exhibition at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, one is asked to acknowledge that one's optimism may be far from the decaying estates of today.
The London Coffee Festival, 8-10 April 2011, Truman Brewery
The London Coffee Festival 2011is kicking off across London, but we suggest you head to the Truman Brewery to get your caffiene fix this weekend. Savour a range of unique coffee and tea blends; artisan food stalls and coffee art galleries for the finest boutique roasts amidst the atmospheric music from live bands.
The Quiet Volume by Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells , 8-28 April 2011, Bishopsgate Institute and Hackney Central Library as part of the London Word Festival
The Quiet Volume is a self-generated performance involving two individuals in a library setting. Following whispered cues you will negotiate the tension common in libraries worldwide. Through a combination of silence and concentration, the performance unravels the different reading experiences of a pair where one will influence the other. We think it sounds intriguing....Part of London Word Festival. Ticket prices £6 / £5 concs.
East End Film Festival 2011
East End Film Festival, one of UK’s largest film festivals is celebrating its 10th year anniversary with a jam-packed programme, a treat that you won’t want to miss! Opening with a world premiere of an all-access documentary about The Libertines, and with an array of brilliant British films, international premieres and a focus on Polish and Romanian new wave cinema there is plenty to keep you entertained. Camden Crawl also celebrates its 10th anniversary this year so expect some extra special treats along the way.
This month, we have drawing salons with a twist and a little shop of horrors with its own designated art space as well as an exciting showcase of dynamic fresh talent from the Wimbledon College of Arts. With Women’s History Month, Spitalfield’s Great Pancake Race all taking place in March, East London is bustling more than ever especially with the dance revolution in Hackney at its St.Patrick’s Day after party show!
Futura Bold/ Futura Oblique-Wimbledon MA Fine Art Interim Show 2011, 3 March to 13 March
This annual exhibition showcases work from new artists working in a range of media. The show comprises of-two semi-independent exhibitions: Futura Bold and Futura Oblique. Wimbledon College of Art’s MA Fine Art interim show falls at an exciting stage of the MA course where the artists involved take this as an opportunity to showcase their evolving ideas ahead of their final exhibition in September 2011.
Death Drawing: Dance of Death, 15 March
Staid drawing classes are so last century! If we judge by the monthly drawing salon taking place in this traditional East End boozer, that is. Behind its red velvet curtains, this salon offers something a little like your average drawing class but with a twist that inspires a lot more curiosity. Each month, the salon explores a different death-related theme through the nude human form, costume, props and multi-media. Unleash your inner artist and partake in this theatricality deep in the recesses of The Victoria. £8
“The Walls Dissolved…” Exhibition, 5 - 27 March
The Last Tuesday Society's latest offspring incorporates a 17th century Wunderkabinett of sorts, Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors with the Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc gallery. Amidst the taxidermy, skulls and shells, check out the surrealistdialogue of work by mixed media painter Nicholas McArther and animator Chiara Ambrosio, “The Walls Dissolved…”. Through the use of cinematic and theatrical devices, the exhibition traces the points of contact between the two artistic practices, while at the same time explores their divergent approaches towards a similar theme. By using sounds and projections, the artists give form to an interior landscape, offering a microscopic insight into their creative processes.
2011’s Women’s History Month: Wisewords “Hidden Traffic” , 3 - 31 March
Catherine Dupuy’s award-winning photographs, ghostly images of Greenwich underground foot tunnel (Photomonth Assignment Award 2010) will be showing in the “Hidden Traffic” exhibition at The Luxe’s basement bar. Her works also form part of East London’s Wisewords events in celebration of women writers, artists and performers for 2011’s Women’s History Month.
Up & Over It Dance Sensation at Hackney, 18 March
Irish dance but not as you know it! With over 6 million hits on YouTube and having celebrity fans the likes of Perez Hilton, Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, Up & Over It brings you Irish dance as you have never seen it before. Mixed with electro-pop, nouveau folk and video, it’s Irish dance for the post-pop generation. International dance superstars Suzanne Cleary & Peter Harding, together with video artist John Reed, are bringing their multimedia extravaganza to town. Featuring guests Bourgeois & Maurine and The Breakfast Club. Join the gaiety at this St Patrick's Day After Party show at Hackney Empire.