The increasing scale of the annual Hidden Art event provided a challenge to the administration team. How to direct people between venues, and assist people to choose which way they should go.
Local artists were presented with this challenge, and asked to respond with exciting, unique and appropriate ways to do this, working with the local residents and reflecting the very different natures of six of the areas covered by this year’s event. The results are astoundingly varied, and have involved large groups of local people and artists in inventive solutions to the challenge.
28″ and 29″ November CITY – EI /E2.
Start at the LUX, 2–4 Hoxton Square, ends at Electricity Showrooms 39a Hoxton Square.
The Tower Hamlets-based arts and architecture team Rabotat has created a panoramic film installation, which both introduces and terminates the Trail. The installation scans the Hoxton-Shoreditch-Brick Lane Cityscapes. E I/E2 Posters displayed in shop windows mark the route between studios, and visitors to the area will be provided with E1/E2 Visitor’ stickers.
28″ and 29* November SQUARES
Read my Lips, Dalston Monopoly
Artistic Team-Fiona Brown and Materialize
Starts and ends at East London Design Show, 16 Hertford Road.
Visitors starting at the East London Design Show are provided with a portable interactive board game. The game leads you north from Hertford Road into Dalston. The game is based on the buildings around the area, and as you walk and play you must decide whether to choose your own route or put your faith in chance and a roll of the dice.
5″ and 6″ December CANALS- Footsteps
Artistic Team-Armemarie Meijnen and Sylvanus B. Onipede
Starts at Ninety Four, 94 Columbia Road, finishes at Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street.
The trail was created through workshops with Momingside Primary and the City Fann on Goldsmiths Row. A series of monster animal foot prints lead across the area, appearing and disappearing into flowerbeds, gutters and pavements. …’ “
5* and 6″ December – GREEN-Pointers
Artist – Zannic Fraser
Starts and finishes at Bow Wharf, Grove Road.
Zannie Fraser is a theatrical designer and performer, specialising in Shadow works. She has worked with local groups including the homeless group Cardboard Citizens, Lauriston School, Senior Citizens Clubs, Whitehorse Adventure Playground and the Somali Saturday Children’s Club. They have created lanterns and pointer signs displaying the profiles of local people showing others the way across the trail.
12th and 13th December VILLAGE
Artistic Team – Escrapology
Starts at Abney Park Cemetery Gates, finish at Bar Lorca, 175 Stoke Newington High Street.
Escrapology have created a strange and mysteries Treasure Trail through the streets of Stoke Newington, involving vending machines that dispense maps, a Hot Chestnut man with clues, “Wanted’ posters for highway men down Cut Throat Lane and Rickshaw rides through Clissold Park. Gates and benches and lampposts are decorated with signs and symbols created by children at Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground.
12th and 13th December RIVER
Artist – Paul Mullen
Starts at ‘Look Ahead’ Aldgate Hostel, 7 Dock Street.
Artist photographer Paul Mullen will ‘flood’. Cable Street with poster images of local people, reflecting the history and cultures of the varied communities that live and work there. A monument, if only temporary to the history, diversity and energy of the area.