Weekends of 29/30 November and 6/7 December 1997
The centre of London’s artistic community, Hackney, is opening its doors this November and December. For two consecutive weekends over 250 Hackney based artists and designer makers will be exhibiting and selling their work from their studios or from temporary exhibition spaces.
Many of the participants are well known British designer makers who regularly exhibit at 100% Design and Chelsea Crafts Fair. They include Abe Hamilton (fashion designer), Emily Myers (ceramicist), Cressida Bell (textile designer), Jonathan Rothenberg (furniture designer), Tom Hill (sculptor), Inflate (light and accessory designers) and Dimitra Grivellis (ceramicist) who was recently voted a favourite of this year’s Chelsea Craft Fair by Terence Conran. In addition there will be a programme of exciting installations and visual art specially curated for the event and will include photographs by the journalist Barbara Chandler.
The temporary spaces include Shoreditch Town Hall, which has over 50 designer makers exhibiting, and Broadway Market, an old shopping street in which over 70 artists, installation artists and designer makers have moved in and taken over 20 derelict shops. An old betting shop, a disco pub, a butchers and bakers are just some of the shops which have been opened up and had walls painted, floors scrubbed and windows fixed by the artists. The Council has had to order several skips for the artists as they clear out old rubbish with the help of the street market traders. The open studios include Gallery Tu, Balls Pond Studios and the Chocolate Factory. There will also be a borough wide exhibition of work from 500 school children inspired by Hackney’s architecture.
Visitors to the Hidden Art of Hackney will be able to buy or commission unique pieces of furniture, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, textiles, clocks, glassware, clothing, as well as works of fine art in painting, photography and print making.
There will also be free walking tours around studios and places of interest in Hackney. Maps of the open studios and temporary shopping spaces are available from Mazorca on Tel: 0171 729 3301, Fax: 0171 729 3377, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many participating artists are featured on the Internet at the Made in Hackney website http://www.made-in-hackney.co.uk a new website covering over 160 artists, designers and craftspeople in Hackney. The website will also provide details of studios and opening hours. –