Posts tagged with ‘london’

  • London Love- Grenfell Tower

    Etsy seller HouseofCally creates colourful and contemporary illustration, fine art and textiles!

    For the rest of June HouseofCally will be donating 100% of the sales of their West London map print to the charity for the people of Grenfell Tower.

    This incredibly detailed illustrated map of West London is a fine art giclee print. The comprehensive nature of the piece means you will spot something new each time you look at it.

    The map is bright and fun and would be a fantastic addition to any home or workplace. Please spread the love.

    By in Fabulous Finds
  • Urban Journeys: London South Bank


    WHERE: London South bank

    COUNTRY: United Kingdom

    WHEN: August, 2015

    By in Urban Journeys
  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art at Somerset House, London

    Title Image by Jack Bell Gallery via 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    • Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House for a third year (15 – 18 October 2015)
    • Follows successful New York debut earlier this year
    • Bigger than ever before, the fair will now feature 38 exhibitors to showcase work by more than 150 African artists across the East, West and South Wings
    • An extensive programme of talks with thought-leaders from across the art world hosted by 1:54’s FORUM curated by Koyo Kouoh

    Following a successful New York debut earlier this year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is set to return to London this October (15 – 18) to present its most substantial showcase yet. Taking place once again in the historic setting of Somerset House, the fair takes on an additional third wing this year and will feature 38 exhibitors representing more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

    The fair will present an opportunity to discover and appreciate contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation with a cross-section of works from across the continent. Highlights of artists (and their galleries) include:

    • Otobong Nkanga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – an Art Review FutureGreat
    • Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery) – designing an in-situ installation for the gallery at the fair
    • Ibrahim El Salahi (Vigo Gallery) – one of the leading figures that launched Tate modern’s outlook on African and Arab modernism with his inaugural exhibition “A Visionary Modernist”
    • Athi-Patra Ruga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – winner, 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Performance Art
    • Edson Chagas (APALAZZOGALLERY) – winnner of the Golden Lion with the Angolan Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale and soon to exhibit at MoMa.
    • Other highlights of this year’s fair inlcude: Aboudia (Galerie Cecile Fakhoury), Boris Nzebo (Jack Bell Gallery), Gonçalo Mabunda (Jack Bell Gallery), Ibrahim Mahama (APALAZZOGALLERY), Meschac Gaba (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc), Romuald Hazoumè (October Gallery), Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (October Gallery), Virginia Chihota (Tiwani Contemporary)and many more.

    Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1:54 says:

    “It’s a great feeling to be announcing our return to London with a collection of galleries and artists of this calibre. The response to having doubled in size last year and debuted in New York has been overwhelming and as a result, some of the most inspiring contemporary artists from Africa will be represented at the fair. 1:54 London 2015 will continue to celebrate the diversity and growing popularity of art from Africa’s 54 countries and we hope that more people will visit and discover the quality of work being produced in the region and by its diaspora.”



    Omar Victor Diop Ikhlas Khan, Diaspora series, 2015 Pigment inkjet printing on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper 120 x 80 cm Courtesy of Magnin-A, Paris via 1:54 Contemporary African Art

    As well as 32 galleries, 1:54 will feature four special projects and two solo shows including a unique lounge area designed by Hassan Hajjaj’s Morrocan based Larrache Studio. The individual shows include Kapwani Kiwanga’s Flowers for Africa, an exhibition celebrating the independence of the 54 African countries through the reproduction of flower arrangements and a Kinshasa street life photography exhibition by Congolese artist Kiripi Katembo.

    Over the past three years, 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice on contemporary African art. 1:54 will host its hugely popular FORUM programme – a three-day critical conversations series comprising of artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Companyand curator of 2016 EVA International,Ireland’s BiennialWith a focus on North Africa this year,discussion topics will include the current trajectories of contemporary African artistic production and practice. The conversations will explore the cultural diversity of artistic traditions that form the rich universe of the African experience.

    The fair will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects (Rashid Ali). RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings of Somerset House.

    Online platform Artsy will be producing an extensive digital catalogue of the fair at Artsy.net and on the Artsy iPhone app making it possible to experience the fair around the world.

    List of exhibitors

    (S)itor, Paris
    Afronova, Johannesburg
    Art Twenty One, Lagos
    ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi
    ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
    Axis Gallery, New York
    CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
    Ed Cross Fine Art, London
    Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan
    Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
    Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
    Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris
    Galerie MAM, Douala
    GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg
    Galleri Flach, Stockholm
    GVCC, Casablanca
    In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris
    Jack Bell Gallery, London
    Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town
    KooVha Gallery, Harare
    Magnin-A, Paris
    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle
    October Gallery, London
    Omenka Gallery, Lagos
    Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
    Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
    Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis
    Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda
    Tiwani Contemporary, London
    Vigo Gallery, London


    BASMOCA (Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
    Hassan Hajjaj, Larrache Studio, Marrakech
    Qubeka Bead Studio, Cape Town, South Africa

    For more information

    Website: 1-54.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/154artfair
    Facebook: facebook.com/154ContemporaryAfricanArtFair
    Instagram: instagram.com/154artfair
    @154artfair | #154artfair

  • Urban Journeys: London South Bank

    Yellow Stairs

    WHERE: London, South bank

    COUNTRY: United Kingdom

    WHEN: August, 2015

  • Independent Shop Feature: Vou Brown Boutique

    Vou Brown is an independent multi-brand African fashion boutique located close to the heart of central London. A contemporary styled destination store that brings together a beautiful showcase of established and emerging labels. With an exciting stylish fashion led edit of women’s wear, jewellery, bags, accessories and lifestyle products for the style savvy shopper, you will always find something new in Vou Brown. Whether you are shopping for a gift or treating yourself to something new, there is always something new and interesting to see or try on.



    Vou-Brown-Boutique Vou Brown Boutique


    74 Willesden Lane Kilburn
    NW6 7TA
    United Kingdom

    Opening Times:
    Tues – Sat: 10:30am – 6:30pm
    Sunday – Mon: closed

    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7328 8843



    Email: [email protected]

    By in Independent Shops
  • The Africa Centre Summer Festival 2015

    This year’s edition edition of the Africa Centre Summer Festival takes place on Saturday, the 1st of August. ‘August in Africa’, will be held in Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza on Saturday, August 1st from 12pm-10pm and will explore the theme of portraiture through contemporary photography. Everyone with an interest in Africa will have an opportunity to celebrate and experience first-hand the best of African culture, including exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, pop-up fashion and dance shows, entertainment, live music, delicious African food and much, much more. And it’s FREE!

    Asa the Parisian born Nigerian singer songwriter will be performing at 8.15pm in the Piazza so definitively worth a visit with friends.

    In addition, you can try on (or even buy) Urbanknit clutches, totes, blazers and more at the Vou Brown Boutique stand.

    Hope to see you there!


    WHERE: Covent Garden Piazza, London

    WHEN: August 1st, 12 – 10 PM

    MORE INFO: www.africacentrefestival.com

    By in Events & News
  • East End Fashionistas

    Thames & Hudson to publish EAST END FASHIONISTAS: A photographic celebration of street style in London’s most creative and inspiring quarter.

    Multicultural, adjacent to London’s wealthy financial district, home to artists and designers of all stripes, funky boutiques and a vibrant night-life, the East End is alive with creative possibility. Now photographer Anthony Webb – who travelled the world to photograph the most interesting destinations in Thames & Hudson’s StyleCity series – has trawled the streets of East London, photographing its most colourful characters and inspirational personalities, all stylishly individual and self-fashioned to the extreme.

    An inspiring style resource from a fresh new voice, all the images in East End Fashionista were taken exclusively for this book and have not been seen before. In a heady mix of fashionable portraits animated by aphorisms culled from the graffiti that adorns the streets of East London, Webb captures the true spirit of one of the most creative places on earth, the jump off point for many of the world’s leading fashion designers and a continually evolving place of inspiration for the style-obsessed and culturally curious.

    East End Fashionistas

    Anthony Webb

    Publication date: 14 September 2015

    Price: £14.95


    Anthony Webb is a London-based photographer. He was one of the principal photographers for Thames & Hudson’s StyleCity series.


    23.0 x 17.7cm

    c. 600 illustrations


    ISBN 978 0 500 518137



    By in Books to Read
  • Urban Journeys: Selfridges

    Selfridges window


    WHERE: London

    COUNTRY: United Kingdom

    WHEN: January 2015


    This particular shop window display in Selfridges strangely enough reminds me of the insides of the market stalls that sell fabric in Balogun Market, Lagos Island in Nigeria. The mad yet orderly mix of colour and variety is usually the theme.

    By in Urban Journeys
  • Creme de La Femme

    Urbanknit will be at the winter 2014 edition of Crème de la Femme, the sensational luxury networking event created by Screen Nation for women of influence, scheduled to take place on the 3rd Dec at the 5 star Athenaeum Hotel overlooking The Green Park.

    Crème de la Femme is hosted by top actress Dona Croll and is a totally unique fine dining gathering of many of the highest achieving women in the UK with a diverse invited guest list that includes Moira Stuart OBE, Mica Paris, Dame Kelly Holmes, Beverley Knight, Natalie Gumede, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and many others. See www.cremedelafemme.net

    Crème de la Femme is produced by specialist marketing company Screen Nation Media, best known for creating and producing Europe’s leading diverse Film & TV media event, the Screen Nation Awards aka the ‘Black Bafta’s’.

    With Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better way to get your shopping started. Drop in to pick up unique gifts for yourself and loved ones this Christmas. Come and find us with the Vou Brown boutique.

    Enter promo Code xmas2014 for £7 discount, so you only pay £3. Tickets available here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creme-de-la-femme-exclusive-luxury-christmas-shopping-experience-tickets-9280559403


    The Athenaeum
    116 Piccadilly
    W1J 7BJ London
    United Kingdom

    Date: 3rd December, 2014

    Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

    By in Events & News
  • Independent Shop Feature: Folklore

    Founded by Danielle Reid and Rob Reid in 2012, Folklore is a home and lifestyle store based on a simple idea that better living is possible through design.

    We value integrity, simplicity and craftsmanship. We are drawn to functional goods that are created with care and made to last. The best products are the ones that age well and stand the test of time – goods that will exist long after we’re gone.

    They have an online store but have a lovely little shop in Islington, London which is absolutely worth the visit. I have popped in and was immediately accosted by a certain sense of calm. The even muted tones, the soft fabrics, the natural materials used. Lovely

    You really do get a sense of the quality and the craftsmanship that has gone into every product that is available. If you like simple, clear, even detailing and design, Folklore is certainly for you.


    Address: 193 Upper Street,Islington, London N1 1RQ, United Kingdom
    Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5.30pm
    Telephone: +44(0) 207 354 9333 1
    Email[email protected]

    By in Independent Shops