An invite was sent via facebook for the private view of Pink does not exist curated and conceived by the occupier of Flat C in Stoke Newington. To attend all had to RSVP, the exact location of the exhibition space would only be given to those following the rules.
On the evening of the event I find myself walking down a road I have never been with a slight feeling of wariness in anticipation. On route to the home of someone I have never met. A thought not dissimilar to an amalgamation of Horror films.
I arrive and buzz for flat C. A friendly voice answers and all my fears are momentarily diffused. Upon entry I am asked to sign a liability waver and informed of the dangerous health and safety violations exhibited by artist Ben Woodeson.The artworks on display were a mix of all things – Photography, Film, Painting, and of course those dangerous installations. All fitting in so well to this north London flat that you struggled to work out which were the exhibited pieces and which were apart of the everyday living space of the occupying curator. But wasn’t that the point? Wasn’t this exhibition an experiment into how we experience such events?
If you would like to see the exhibition Pink Does Not Exist email; firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Last week I had the pleasure of working on a short project for my good friend Chris Tye. Chris asked me to produce an art work for his forthcoming cover release.
Recently I have become aware of a small but growing movement in my local area. The praise and worship of the Goat Boy – Lefi Ganderson. The locals celebrate and praise his wisdom through ritual Cheese eating at the Lamb Public House in an event they call Homage de Fromage.
Increasing numbers of locals are becoming enthralled in the strange but oh so wonderful activities. Drag racing, Parading in Boiler suits (otherwise known as the talc miners band), exploring Ley Lines, 50 second silences in respect for Lefi and using the power of Lefi to place themselves inside a board game! What brilliant madness.
The lovely Catherine of Significant Seams shares her thoughts on the appearance of a new Banksy in North London.
I LOVE THIS for “sew” many reasons.
The romantic charm of a garden swathed in bunting is never pictured with plastic union jacks. The adorable bunting made by Wood Street area kids this week and last in the first of our free Jubilympic bunting workshops is so very different from the grim realities of a sweatshop. I think part of why I love this Banksy image so much is that you can see the earnestness of childhood in the child’s posture. You can feel he feels he’s doing something celebratory and important. And Yet you wonder, why is he barefoot? Why is he on his knees? Alone? Why a pound land? Oh – right. He’s unlikely to be at the party. He’s earnest, but he’s not proud.
Yesterday I witnessed a beautiful pride in a very small boy…
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Last month I promised you all a post about Sifa Fireside. I must apologise for my gross negligence in this respect! As we move on through life events get in the way – and this was certainly the case last month. I do hope that you all – especially Sifa Fireside accept my sincerest apologies!
Now the apologies are complete let me begin to celebrate the power of social interaction and the work of this great Birmingham based project.
On many occasions when I begin the research for these posts I am faced with upsetting stories of the charities struggle. I am so very happy to say that although times are tough, progress is most definitely being made within the walls of Sifa Fireside. This is inclusive of (but not exclusive of), a new base for the charity with improved facilities, Thanks to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund.
“…our new building in Digbeth will provide a high quality environment for our service users, staff and volunteers and act as a hub where we can continue to develop new activities and partnerships” (Cath Gilliver, Cheif executive)
And now I feel it is time for you to hear about the brilliant work Sifa Fireside does from one of their service users. Please allow me to introduce Desmond:
“SIFA Fireside was a great support when I was at rock bottom and couldn’t see any way out of my situation. I can now say I’ve been alcohol and drug free for over six months, I’ve got my own little flat to call home, and, best of all, I’ve got a part time job at a local build-er’s which I thoroughly enjoy and it brings me in a regular weekly income. I also do my own cooking now (six months ago I couldn’t fry an egg), so look out Gordon Ramsay!
On a serious note all the staff were a real help at a time when I didn’t care whether I lived or died. I listened to your advice and still go to AA where to my surprise there are doctors, lawyers and the like, proving that alcohol problems are indiscriminate. SIFA Fireside was always there to help with any problems I encountered and as a shoulder to cry on. Keep up the good work!”
In the past year Sifa Fireside have also worked along side Crisis and the Crisis commission, with two of there service users exhibiting work along side acclaimed artists such as Tracey Emin and Gillian Wearing.
As well as this the organsation has continued to grow and develop it’s social enterprise project ‘Change Kitchen’ through which service users obtain new and diverse skills in catering. This porject has gone from strength to strenght since its conception in 2010. The ‘Change Kitchen’ team are availble to book for catering events of any kind – they did a sterling jkob at my friends wedding!
(Information taken from the Sifa Fireside annual report 2011/12)