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An experiential design and art exhibition with bo.lee gallery
24 September - 1 October 2016
Sat-Sun | 11am-7pm
Mon-Fri | 10am-8pm
VERNISSAGE 23 SEPTEMBER | 6-9PM
A multisensory experience to coincide with London's debut Design Biennale and Design Festival,
19 greek street's Collectors' Club explores our connection with nature, with ourselves and our surroundings. There'll be eight days of design, art, books, tea, meditation and stimulating talks
in a members' club setting open to all.
As more of us ask how we can progress towards a more sustainable and ethical future, design, and art, have key roles to play. Objects and environments that inspire us to pause and enquire have a great power. They engage our emotions and intellect in a way that may spark a change in us, allowing us to connect to the essence of human existence and a new potential for creativity.
Nestled between London’s most influential design festivals and art showcase, Frieze, 19 greek street's ‘open members’ club’ will be spread over five floors and present some of the most innovative designs created in recent years, alongside bo.lee’s art exhibition, titled Petrichor.
19 greek street’s collection celebrates the experimental and the sustainable in design, through the work of a group of pioneering designers focused on inventive processes and ethical ideas.
A feast for the heart and the eye, bo.lee's Petrichor explores the power of nature, and art, to transport us. Conceived to create changes of mood and atmosphere as viewers progress through the gallery, the exhibition takes its name from ‘the smell of the earth after rain’. In this essential moment, free of distractions, we are left with only our sensory reaction to our immediate surroundings and an altered perception of ‘environment’.
The first floor of the Collectors’ Club will host 19 greek street’s fourth Design Café, a tea room designed by creative director Marc Péridis. Demonstrated for the first time in a public space, Péridis’ design philosophy of ‘the sacred art of transformative spaces’ will unite aesthetics, sustainability and spatial energy to support personal growth.
Petrichor artworks curated by bo.lee will be displayed in the Design Café and throughout the townhouse, integrated with a selection of 19 greek street’s designs curated by Rachael Moloney to explore themes of our relationship to nature and our environment.
Complementing the art and design in the Café, Claire de Rouen Books has chosen a unique array of titles for sale or to peruse, while JING will serve its exquisite fine teas and host tea masterclasses, to soothe body and mind. True to 19 greek street tradition, there will also be a series of thought-provoking talks.
4 AUGUST | 2-9pm
Babbu the Painter’s first solo show in London explores sexuality and femininity through the lens of 19th-century India and a style of work heavily influenced by Mughal-era art. Encompassing frescoes, miniatures, portraits and photography, the exhibition takes a raw and candid approach to spark dialogue about gender roles, sexuality and stereotypes in South Asian culture.
Part of 19 greek street’s Space for Progress project, this one-day pop-up event is hosted by Binti, a charity whose aim is to promote menstrual dignity through access to sanitary protection and education in India and Africa.
Babneet Lakhesar created the persona of Babbu the Painter as a means of expression and critique. Her work frequently features narrative photography, with self-portraiture a recurring theme. The artist’s main objective is to raise the global profile of South Asian women and present an introspective look into their world.
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27-30 JUNE 2016 | 11am-7pm
The Keta SoccerHub is a project design developed by Sandlanders Football and Architecture for Humanity, London, which can be adapted for use across Africa. The first SoccerHub is set to be built in Keta, Ghana, where Keta Sandlanders FC (a community-owned club) has a 6.5 acre site ready for use on a site adjacent to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project design takes into account the needs of a modern African football club and is unique in creating a truly versatile space that will be of benefit to the surrounding community.
The vision is to create a space that can be used to develop the best athletes in an area in a way that benefits the community as a whole. The designs are sensitive to the local environment and involve the use of local materials, local labour, and innovative techniques such as the building of ‘earthbag’ walls, which dramatically reduce construction time, eliminate costly imported materials, lower costs and produce almost no waste. The space created by the design can be used for education, industry, recreation and of course sport. Asthe SoccerHub will be owned and managed by the community co-operative football club, all its benefits will be reinvested into that community, ensuring that the project is sustainable.
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PRIVATE VIEW (INVITE ONLY) 29 JULY | 6-9.30PM
30 JULY | 10am-7pm; 31 JULY | 11am-4pm
As part of 19 greek street’s Space for Progress programme, this collective show brings together 23 international contemporary WITP artists for a pop-up exhibition of works in diverse media, from giclée prints and photography to wire sculpture and painting. As part of its ongoing focus on current events and how artists respond, on 30 July WITP will also be hosting 'The Artists & Brexit', a panel discussion exploring how in the wake of the referendum the historic role of the artist can inform contemporary creativity. All are welcome to attend. For tickets, please visit www.whatisthepoint-art.com/collective-shows/
WITP is a non-profit organisation that supports contemporary artists by exhibiting their works in vibrant and exciting locations, giving them the opportunity for future success in the art world. In all its initiatives, WITP promotes the fair payment of artists, taking no commission on sales.
2-3 JULY 2016 | 10am-7pm
Annelaure & Krisztina are the creatives behind AL&K, an award-winning London-based photographic duo. In their first exhibition at 19 greek street, they will present new work depicting the five stages of grief, in their usual fashion-forward style. The five stages of grief are identified as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, and five women were photographed portraying each phase, creating a collection of 25 images. In addition to their photos, AL&K will present a short film made in collaboration with cinematographer Chris Dodds.
No guidance was given to the subjects about how to show their emotions; they were invited to express themselves freely. This was paramount to AL&K because they believe everyone grieves so differently: some repress their emotions, while others are more demonstrative. Viewers will be invited to explore their own experiences of grief, or their imagination if they have not suffered a personal loss. Through this work, AL&K want to address the stigma surrounding the public expression of pain and fear. (email for more info)
2-3 JULY 2016 | 10am-7pm
In a life of overwhelming choices, it pays to read the fine print. Novel Beings presents a collection of ‘still life’ installations that tell the (often hidden) stories behind some of the everyday products we buy. The intention is to show how learning about their true provenance can lead us to make more empowered, positive decisions. Using beauty, fashion and food items, Novel Beings has created a series of visually striking works focused on environmental pollution, cruelty-free production, fair trade and recycling. Accompanying text will encourage the viewer to look past the surface beauty of a product and engage with the real information behind its manufacture. For Novel Beings, this greater understanding is crucial: what could be more important that knowing what we're really putting on our faces, wearing next to our skin or ingesting into our bodies? The idea is to give visitors the opportunity to reflect on their personal values and come up with an action plan for a more sustainable lifestyle and considered consumption.
Novel Beings is a boutique style agency, representing conscious creatives for the fashion, beauty and advertising industries. The agency champions the use of green and sustainably driven fashion and beauty brands, demonstrating that we don't need to compromise ethics for aesthetics.(email for more info)
20-31 MAY 2016
We were over the moon (no pun intended) about hosting the debut exhibition of 'Three Suns', a body of work by talented British photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. Co-hosted by Claire de Rouen Books, the show featured a series of images shot in Louisiana, presented as nine hand prints and one photogram made by Jamie. Look out for news of further exhibitions of Jamie's work at 19 greek street...