Modern Face of Syria @ Art Represent (1)
On Wed 18 Nov, Art Represent will host the opening of Imran Faour’s new exhibition, Modern Face of Syria. This exhibition features a collection of graphic works that function as a personal response to the current Syrian Civil War and the refugee crisis. To mark its opening, Art Represent will also be screening JR’s Ellis, a film about the immigrants that built America. More information here:
Art Represent is on 264 Globe Road, London, E2 0JD
Kieran Leonard @ The Sebright Arms (2)
On Thurs 19 Nov, Kieran Leonard & The Horses will be playing at the Sebright Arms, alongside The Pearl Harts. Kieran has been credited for having a poetic song-writing ability and for delivering great live performances, so don’t miss out. More information here:
The Sebright Arms is on 31-35 Coate Street, London, E2 9AG
Mozart and Beethoven Go Oval @ Oval Space (3)
Come to Oval Space on Fri 20 Nov and you will be greeted by an evening of classical music, presented to you by The Little Orchestra. There will be concertos and symphonies, beginning with an open bar and ending with a live jazz ensemble to get the evening going. More information here:
Oval Space is on 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DT
SK Kakraba @ St. John (4)
As the first in a collection of showcases hosted by St. John in Bethnal Green, SK Kakraba & Awesome Tapes from Africa will be playing at this church on Sat 21 Nov. According to the St. John Sessions’ website this man may well be the world’s best xylophone player, a sister instrument to the gyil which plays a large role in the funeral rituals of the Lobi tribe of northern Ghana. More information here:
St John is on 200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Bust Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall (5)
If you are feeling ready to get in the Christmas spirit, then come to York Hall on Sun 22 Nov and get involved in Bust Christmas Craftacular! This craft fair is a celebration of DIY culture and you can spend the day wandering around over 70 different craft vendors, taking part in DIY workshops, and enjoying a few beverages from Hot Booze. More information here:
5-15 Old Ford Road, E2 9PJ London, United Kingdom
-By Hayley Downey
Edge of Ordinary 4 @ Espacio Gallery
From 3-15th November Espacio Gallery is exhibiting Edge of Ordinary 4, a showcase of artwork that pushes the limits of their form in order to examine what lies beyond these boundaries. Expect an amalgamation of everything from painting to installations. More information here:
Espacio Gallery is on 159 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG
Homework @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
If poetry and spoken word is more your thing, get down to Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Nov 12th. The theme for this event is ‘Stitch Up’. More information here:
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is on 42 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
The London Folk & Roots Festival presents Marc O’Reilly @ Sebright Arms
On Wed 11th Nov, Marc O’Reilley is performing at Sebright Arms as part of The London Folk & Roots Festival. He is considered one of the most exciting upcoming artists in the Irish folk/blues genre. More information here:
Sebright Arms is on 31-35 Coate St, off Hackney Road, London E2 9AG
Andrea Galvani: The Sun, a Gold Nugget and Seven Stairs @ The Ryder
From 9th Oct-5 Dec 2015, The Ryder is exhibiting Andrea Galvani: The Sun, a Gold Nugget and Seven Stairs, a project which explores the limits of ‘physicality and immateriality’. More information here:
The Ryder is on 19a Herald St, off Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 6JT
Kites from Kabul @ The V&A Museum Of Childhood
Presented by Turquoise Mountain – a British Charity in Kabul – the exhibition Kites from Kabul showcases an array of kites handmade by the artists and children of Kabul. These kites are inspired by Afghan and Islamic design motifs, and the exhibition works to bring to life the rich culture of kite-flying. It is running until 3rd Jan 2016. More information here:
By Hayley D.
Jock McFadyen’s paintings are often described as gritty. Put this to him, though, and he laughs it off. “I know this is what people say…I think my paintings are realistic. If you wanted to make something grungier you would make it more grey”. He describes his work as an honest reflection of East London in the late 70s and 1980s: he has wanted to paint things he saw. “When people started writing about my work they said it was gritty. It’s not gritty – it’s just what it looked like when you opened the front door”.
Also known for risqué imagery, I ask him if this was a comment on the depravity of the area, “No, I am quite amoral. As soon as you open the door on Salmon Lane or whatever, you know you’re going to see grit.” Born in Glasgow, a six-year stint in England as a child meant that, when his family returned to Scotland, Jock ‘had become English’, to his contemporaries anyway. “I got chucked out and I hadn’t gotten into a degree course like all my pals”. This, along with having a young pregnant bride, led him to get “in the van and drive to London, so I went to art school in 1973 and I’ve been here ever since, 42 years”.
Alluding to his humble background, we discuss the issue of class in England. “Doing art is not hierarchical in the sense that it is not a recognised profession, you can’t be pigeon holed”. I agree with him that artists transcend class barriers. Jock laughs and says “I’ve arrived! Where the fecking chardonnay? I’m here to join in – I’m just like you”.
So what would he have been if he hadn’t been an artist? Cue Frankie Boyle’s comment on Peter Crouch: “If he hadn’t been a footballer he would have been a virgin. In my case, it was too late”.
-By Neesha Badhan
This article can be found in the East2 Insider’s Guide to Bethnal Green Magazine 2015. – See more at: http://issuu.com/walkeast/docs/east_2_2015_issuu_2