Category: Art

VON: Elsewhere at KK Outlet

It’s so very nice to get a like or a favourite for one of your funnier posts, a RT from a celeb also brings a warm feeling but sometimes we need a bit of shut off from SMS static.

With so much digital distortion crowding our airwaves the next exhibition at KK Outlet looks to bring rest-bite from all the 01000101 transmissions.

VON: Elsewhere explores the moments when we slip away from our surroundings, detaching and floating free of the norn. The sketches are tranquilly penciled in grey, black and white erasing your blurred lines.

Aptly, in the heart of KK Outlet phone reception is usually at a null, so go wire free for Von: Elsewhere opening on #FirstThursdays the 1st of May at 7pm.



Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 to 1997

Its 20 years since Britpop took over the musical scene with guitars, quirky stories and mild mischief making headlines and heroes of so many of our favourite school sounds.

Perhaps the most laddishly legendary of the era is set to be celebrated in Shoreditch this spring, with the ever inspiring London Newcastle project opening Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997.

Shot and curated by Lawrence Watson, the show features un seen pictures of their earliest recording sessions to Knebworth, Glastonbury and their defining discographies Definitely Maybe, What’s the Story Morning Glory and Be Here Now.

The show opens exactly 20 years to the day from when Oasis released their debut Supersonic: on Friday 11th April 2014 running until Tuesday 22nd.



Colophon Foundry FIVE YEARS at KK Outlet

Oh how we get endlessly hemmed into Times New Roman while secretly wanting to Tahoma or Ariel out.

The unknown of whether to go Bold or Underline? The mystic of italic and regimented order of – bulletpoint with their endless meanings and free willed spirit will all being celebrated at KK Outlet this spring.

Fellow Hackney Downs Studios residents Colophon Foundry are creators of typeface and fonts. They also distribute specially designed digital alphabet characters on behalf of their partners.

Their show FIVE YEARS is an anniversary show celebration, charting some of the more interesting cartridge returned auto corrected F keys they’ve photocopied and printed in colour over time.

Colophon Foundry FIVE YEARS opens on #FirstThursdays the 3rd of April from 7pm at KK Outlet, Hoxton Square.




SAIL: Street Art In London presents ‘Superheroes’

A secret layer of colourful cartoon inscriptions gets set for an unveiling on Brick Lane this April, as our favourite goodies and super villains will battle it out for our eye attention.

SAIL: Street Art In London presents ‘Superheroes’ celebrating our favourite comic crusaders with adaptations of their 2D and on screen persona’s, to create a new East London tale.

See what Spider Man and Super Ted get up to on a their weekends in Shoreditch, and who Catwoman really gets down with now the Joker isn’t around.

SAIL: Street Art In London ‘Superheroes’ opens on #FirstThursdays the 3rd of April at the Graffiti Life Gallery, Cheshire Street.



National Centre for Circus Arts

Trapeze artists and acrobats look set to celebrate in Shoreditch this week, as a big red top brick building, is etched on the map.

Circus Space just off Hoxton Square, is set to become the National Centre for Circus Arts and is the only place in the country where you can a gain BA qualification in the subject.

They’ve trained over 50,000 pupils who have gone on to perform in Cirque Du Soleil, the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, with the new centre providing greater opportunities for up and coming high wire wizards.

The National Centre for Circus Arts at Circus Space will be adorned in a special ceremony taking place on Tuesday the 11th of March.



The Set Up at KK Outlet


Every day we are faced with the most beautiful images of women, we all know they are photoshopped, but do we know all the other dark sides of fashion?

The exhibition ‘The Set Up’ is inspired by the more sinister sides of the fashion industry, like the ideals that are set by the industry to which women can never live up to.

The Set Up is a group show, exhibiting work of Lydia Garnett, Emily Stein, Isabelle Wenzel begins on #FirstThursdays the 7th of March running until Saturday the 29th at KK Outlet.

For more information click here.

KK Outlet
42 Hoxton Square
N1 6PB London


By @FloravdBerg


First Saturdays

While saying good morning to strangers and talking to random’s on the East London line isn’t the done thing, community and Art are huge across the East, where hello’s are about the season’s colour.

#FirstSaturdays will see the giddy cobbles of Vyner Street filled with merry makers glancing, prancing and dancing, from gallery to gallery, as a good number of your favourites exhibit new collections.

Highlights include Cultivate Evolved whose in-house artists will be attendance from 10am to 10pm, printing, painting, and imaginatively creating. Similarly 4 Cose will be on site all day providing innovative Italian grub, there is also going to be life drawing*

With live DJ’s on hand to soundtrack your day, and exhibitions aplenty to keep your eyes busy, #FirstSaturdays promises to be a mainstay in the calendar of cultured East Londoners.


Mostly by Olly Manhi – @olly_manhi


The Signature Art Prize


The works of art from 40 young aspiring talents will be on display at Old Spitalfield’s this spring as the Degree Art Gallery showcase the finalists for their Signature Art Prize.

Over 300 entries across 4 disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking/drawing and photography have been examined by an esteemed panel of judges.

Winners across each category pick up £1,000 each and will be represented by Degree Art for a year. All entries are also showcased at their magical Execution Room space on Vyner Street, which is the signature stop on any #FirstThursdays jaunt.

The Degree Art Gallery Signature Prize Gala Event takes place on Shrove Tuesday the 4th of March from 18:30 – 21:00 at Spitalfield’s Market.

Space are limited, but if you would like to join us please email to request a ticket.

Smiles in Kenya at the Hoxton Gallery

A night of musical art and performance is set to hit the Hoxton Gallery this Thursday evening as Smiles in Kenya brings a refreshing warmth to the Kingsland Road.

The evening will be brimming with authentic cocktails and cuisine to take us all on a winding journey through African landscapes and scenes raising money for charity.

Sample Kenyan-influenced canapes, Dawa (meaning ‘medicine’ in Swahili) cocktails accompanied by visual displays, photography, and film introducing the charity, Smiles in Kenya.

Smiles in Kenya takes place on Thursday the 20th of February from 6:30 – 9:30pm at the Hoxton Gallery at the Arch, 9 Kingsland Road. Entry is £5



Mozart Undone at The Barbican

‘Electro-Irish’, ‘power ballads’, ‘a sprinkling of cabaret’ – we are, of course, talking about Mozart. Or rather, the new ‘theatre concert’ Mozart Undone, by Danish theatre director Nikolaj Cederholm.

Having chosen 20 Mozart classics, Cederholm has reimagined Mozart into a visual spectacle, involving a chamber group of six singers (singing in English) backed by five musicians, 18th-century costumes, and a variety of genres never before associated with Mozart – West End Musical, Punk, Rock and Indie, to name a few.

Described by the Copenhagen Post as ‘a spectacular sensory explosion’, Mozart Undone is on from the 25th February until March 1st, at the Barbican.

Tickets are between £16 and £28, and can be booked here at the Barbican site

By @zoeellenbryant