Tuesday, 30 November 2010

BBC Culture Show Looking for Anish Kapoor Wickers

Prue from the Beeb is looking for residents living around the Wick who will be seeing the massive ArcelorMittal Orbit (that's the olympic Helter Skelter to you & me) from their windows.

It's probably one of those regular visit - How's it going this time - kind of programs. But with the most creative types living right here in Hackney Wick - surely we could come up with some incredible spokespeople for the Wick?!

Please all you creative types - get in touch with Prue - and give the culture show something special from Hackney Wick!!

Here's her email:

Dear Nadira and Sóna,

I'm writing to you from The Culture Show, the flagship magazine arts programme on BBC2. I'm currently working on a programme about the ArcelorMittal Orbit which is due to air in late 2011. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a public sculpture by the artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond. It is currently being built in the Olympic Park, near to the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

Once finished, the sculpture will be 115m tall. For our programme, we are really keen to meet people who will be able to see the sculpture from their homes. It would be wonderful to check in with them as the view from their window changes over the coming months. Do you know of anyone in the Hackney Wick area who is in this situation and might be interested in talking to us?

I will be on a recce in Stratford for the rest of the day, but do feel free to call me on the mobile number below if you have a thought of who we could speak to before tomorrow. If not any email with any help at all would be great.

Many thanks and best wishes,


Prue Richardson The Culture Show

BBC Vision Productions Room MC5 A3 The Media Centre 201 Wood Lane London W12 7TQ

T: +44 (0)20 8008 3861 M: +44 (0)7814 756344 E:

Oh yes - did anyone else read the brilliant interview with Anish Kapoor over the weekend? His first free show in India is coming up - and........ http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/nov/27/anish-kapoor-india-exhibition

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Tour Hackney Wicks Art Galleries & Studios Sat 27 Nov

Would you love a chance to tour some of the most amazing Art Gallery's in Hackney Wick?! Well here's your chance!!

The Arts Council - together with Art Licks have put together an incredible tour of the Wicks most innovative & creative studios. I know the £10 is a bit steep - so make the most of it by really chatting to the artists you meet up with. Ask them more about the whole Hackney Wick area - and what an incredible place they find it.

For a short flavour of what you'll see:

Saturday 27 November, 2.30-4.30pm: HACKNEY WICK

Meet at Hackney Wick Station, 2.30pm

You will visit:

Mother Studios
Schwartz Gallery
Artists' Studios
L.I.U, Legacy 1

To book a place - visit:

Please come on down to Hackney Wick - this place is already kicking - imagine what it's going to be like when London's Silicone Valley starts up after the Olympics?!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Altered State by Mantis in the Lord Napier

If you have time on Thursday - please come down to the Lord Napier pub in White Post Lane - just at the bottom on the north-bound platform of Hackney Wick Station.

Mantis is having a fantastic solo exhibition called 'Altered State'.

We all know that we need to support our local artists all the way - and these solo shows are the best way of giving them a much needed pat of the back for making the Wick such a stunning place to live.

Plus - this is a great way to see the inside of the Lord Napier as well. For those that are not hardcore ravers - or have ever wondered what goes on inside it - here are the contact details:

Thursday 18th November: RSVP preview 4-6PM, public view from 6-9PM
Friday 19th November: Viewing on appointment only.
Saturday 20th November: Open all day to the public from 11AM- 8:30PM, with a closing party on Saturday night with live music from 8-10:30PM with two of the artists favorite local bands.

The Lord Napier Pub
25 White Post Lane
Hackney Wick, E9

For more info email:

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Stephen Gill on Hackney Wick

How many of us remember the incredible Sunday Market in the old greyhound stadium in Hackney Wick? Absolutely anything went on there. It was a kind of lawless, non policed, unregulated market - with just about everything on sale.

Well - Stephen picked up an old camera from the market - and then started taking pics of the actual market with it. Many of us have seen his exhibition & bought the book (available from
http://www.stephengill.co.uk/) and are still proud to call him one of our own.

Anyway - click on this link http://vimeo.com/16768040 to see him actually talking about the making of this collection of pics. It's fascinating!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

What Pub Is This?

You know how we always go on about all the terrible inventions that have come out of Hackney Wick......

Almost all of the most environmentally destructive products were invented right here in the Wick: Petrol, Dyes, Paint, Plastic, Laundromats - It wouldn't surprise me if a few insecticides weren't adapted from the list above as well.

Aaaaaanyway! Here's one we can be - if not proud about - the at least not feel too guilty about. The ever-investigative dorlec01 (
http://www.youtube.com/user/dorlec01) has just posted a new found clip from Tomorrows World from 1965 - about an unknown pub right here in Hackney Wick.

It features a newly invented 'computer' that you dial your order to. And I mean dial - in the old fashioned - tick your finger in the correct number hole and turn the dial all the way around to the stopper.

If anyone remembers the actual pubs name - please send in a comment - and maybe we'll find some of the pubbers in the clip.