Blog post: the built environment appreciation club

Arundel Square yeah! arundel 2


arundelI love this place because my mum has history here and it ain’t ‘arf posh. The buildings, the built environment are steeped in Victorian social history and all I’ve done since coming in out of the torturous sun is Google about Liverpool Road N7 and N1 and all about the architecture and Eaton Square in SW1. Same same. All my life I knew that “Upstairs, Downstairs” was filmed in Arundel Square. Grr. Not so. It was Eaton Square in Bloomsbury, London. To the untrained eye,  the style of buildings/homes are the same in Arundel and Eaton Squares. A Cubitt as in Cubitt Gallery in Angel Mews,  Pentonville Road  designed the Eaton lot and had the land in Arundel area where he had a brick-making firm which supplied his Bloomsbury works. Probably all wrong but sounds feasible.

Anyway I said “posh” and actually Circle 33 own the above apartments so it’s all social housing; all those basements and lovely steps and railings and balconies and not forgetting the “horns” on the sash windows.


With Building Exploratory from Cowcross Street a group of we gorgeous seniors  (all in floral summery tops) went walkabout in order to follow through a visit to an architect last April or so when it was teeming down with rain. The architect had built the new houses/flats next to the concrete slab on top of ye olde railway. There was an engineering feat there of mammoth proportions. Concrete? I thought that was a no-no word. So Arundel Square as in four sides was completed very recently about four years ago. One of our group today actually lives on the square. She is a beautiful calm young woman and emerged from her palace to tell us all about Pocock’s Fields and George Vth and squatters in buses.She’s not a Buildings Exploratory member because she’s too young. One day.

What a great time we had. It was baking hot. Gradually the park filled up with mothers in hijabs, kiddies in World Cup tee-shirts, toddlers on scooters and ladies walking pooches.

I discovered Liverpool Road’s length all the way to The Angel, familiar territory;  popped into crowded McDonalds in Chapel Street Market, then went onto the Claremont Project and signed up for myself and mates to go on art workshops. And why not?

Head banging from being out in the heat and failing to drink water. Tut.



2013-07-16 18.39.13It’s good to draw but better to get exhibition space for free. Tonight was not “Feed my Funny” but “Feed my Ego”! Cubitt arts and education in Islington pushed the boat out tonight to celebrate the seniors who had worked indoors to create art of worth. Wine flowed and a live classical music ensemble played in the background.

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Pictures were selling like hot cakes and aren’t we loving the clichés? It was a brilliant evening, a public launch of “Someday Is Today” at 8 Angel Mews off Pentonville Road. Some of the artists were pushing ninety and younger. 2013-07-16 18.38.12 2013-07-16 18.38.49

I wanted to buy “Learning To Walk” by Sally Dawson but was pipped to the post. You can see it on the Cubitt website. The exhibition has been extended until 28th July 2013.

Up Your Street. Issue 27 “It’s all about the Art”.

Puff the Dragon

Up your Street. Issue 27

Thurs 4th July free 6-9pm. Launch of “Soft” at the Mill E17.

See RAGWORKS’ “Girl With A Pearl Earring”

and “Puff”

Runs ’til 11th Aug

Sat 6th July free thanks to KPMG via Rosetta Arts in West Ham. Brighton day out in the art galleries and museums. Not open to everyone but worth noting. Four subscribers to Up Your Street are going!

stone space 2“Hackney Marsh ” by James Self. Oil on canvas.

Mon 8th July free   noon -2pm Learn to draw  for seniors only with Danny at Lea Bridge Library Community Room. E10. No need to book.lili5

Wed 10th July  free  11-1pm Walthamstow Library e17. “Play Like We used to-Art For Adults”. Book with Eventbrite or phone library. Part of Capital Age Festival 2013. Collage-making.

Fri 12th July free  3-5pm. Hale End Library E4 Film screening “Quartet”. Check availability for tickets at Eventbrite or phone library.

Sat 13th July  free. noon. film screening at the Tate Modern “Art Is…”. Book your place at Tokarska Gallery in Forest Road E17.

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free 7.30pm News from Nowhere featuring  Jatinder Verma  from Tara Arts Community theatre. At the Epicentre, West Road  E11. Bring a dish to share or some goodies.

Wed 17th July free  Cubitt art exhibition showing works by seniors from The Claremont Project in White Lion Street, N1  and from other individual submissions. Until 20th July 2013.