The Mill’s Mo

The Mill E17 art management team people  led by Mo have excelled themselves in the organisation of an event in October featuring Grayson Perry.  One hundred original artworks by local artists, amateur and professional, in the shadow of those greats including Grayson Perry,  who have also submitted postcard treasures, are up for display and raffling. Imagine.

The planning of the task of persuading artists to do their thing small-scale and on time and then the securing of top names is mammoth remembering that The Mill is run on goodwill and volunteering.

Then the selling of raffle tickets. Hooray for PayPal. Some of the proceeds will go to uplift The Mill and boost its funds whilst the rest will be divided into one night’s bed and board for some homeless locals. Big asks when people are already forking out money for new school uniforms and Calais’ new population.

Today apples were everywhere at The Mill. Another scrumptious event; Apple  Day to cool and sweeten the load of Madras dishes scoffed over Eid.

Just join in I say.

Christian Hook and SkyArts found its MOJO

16 October – 31st October 2015 (I can’t fathom out the cost to view)

A Private View with Christian Hook


Clarendon Fine Art is pleased to announce a highly anticipated exhibition of new works by Christian Hook.

Christian has been the recipient of numerous coveted awards including the 2014 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, and is the subject of the current Sky Arts documentary series, Painting. 

His work is included in numerous important collections including the British Royal family

The Pamper Shop at Up Your Street

excel 2015

  1. Thurs 1st Oct £25 for some weeks. 2.30-4pm

1a Darnley Road  Hackney. Learning how to apply Indian Head Massage . Centre for Better Health. Hackney.cbh

2) Venus hair and nails. Walthamstow Village gets coffee shops and boutiques. Lea Bridge Road, Leyton E10 gets all the Arctics and JCBs,  unsmiling nail shops and badly promoted hair shops. Meanwhile for £6 a  lady can get a haircut at the newly opened, garish shop next to the closed down pound shop , view art at the same time and be mesmerised by the owner’s wig or weave.

3) Roses chocolates at Tesco for £2 instead of £4. Okay what they say is the healthy option (Whatever makes you feel good0)…..Bananas at Iceland for 68p a bunch.

There but for fortune….

I wonder if the refugees have organised themselves,  for example, do the people still pray five times a day if they are Moslem? Are there any Syrian women organising things like toilet organising, nappy disposal or are men running things? Just wondering. Is there any bullying going on? Do men get the food first? On the news I rarely see adolescent girls. Where are they?

It was cold in London at 8.30pm and I thought of  the refugees  freezing and  then the  image of frozen  to the  bone  kiddies being  wrapped in  foil and carried off  the boats. How must the camps stink what with human bodies unwashed maybe and the smell of bonfires.

How traumatised are parents and siblings who’ve lost children from the family?

What’s Assad considering?

Pop Art

Tate Modern in the rain and we teachers ‘ guests were treated to an evening of a welcome wine, ten minute guided walks and talks and displays all to do with the beautifully curated (could still smell the fresh wall paint) exhibition about 1970 and thereabouts pop art.

So boring.

A market researcher caught me before I escaped and my main offence was not being stunned into a state of awe by any of the works. I did suggest to her young self that we oldies are saturated with art combined with anything so soundscapes, autism-friendly art, art and rented housing, art and emerging cities: It’s everywhere and then the artspeke decorated  exhibitions all over the east end. So we are used to seeing stuff to shock and please.

Ain’t no journalist so can say I will not waste any words on what I went to tonight.

Up Your Street subscribers are reporting back goodness in the shape of the Celtic exhibition at the British Museum, the China design at Rouge, the metal point exhibition preview at the British Museum through UCL, a cheap opera last Saturday  through Free Space Gallery and of course all these marvellous things are outwith Up Your Street’s catchment area in the main.