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Eleven FREE two-hour workshops and activities for LJ women starting 20 JUNE

Yarn courtesy of vitasamb2001

Arts and Crafts – get your business started

Head to the C.A.F.E at Studio5 209A Coldhabour Lane SW9 8RU (C.A.F.E. is opposite Loughborough Station) if you want to train and develop your arts and craft skills with the intention of becoming self employed.

With funding from The London Community Foundation the C.A.F.E will be hosting workshops on Thursdays 18.30-20.30 and some Saturdays 14.00-16.30.

Fixed dates to be confirmed.

So join Janice Francis and Ray Mahabir for a cup of tea and a bit of cake @ C.A.F.E. tomorrow (on Thursday 20th June) to learn more about this project.

Bring an idea that you would like to work on or just go to the C.A.F.E and learn more.

 On offer 11 free 2hr workshops!

1. Market and product research

2. Designing and specialising in your product

3. How to set up production

4. Material sourcing, pricing and product testing

5. Making workshop

6. Product display, packaging, labelling and sales pitch

7. Setting up market or craft stalls

Image courtesy of vitasamb2001 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Yarnbombing – on the cutting edge from LJ to the G8 protests

Who would have thought that the ‘old-fashioned’ pastime of knitting could ever be so cutting edge? Well, aside from the unexpected joy brought about by the yarnbombing of an area or the sudden colours in a grey, London street, it’s also become one of THE ways to protest.

We’ve had a bit of yarnbombing in LJ at the Big Lunch and look forward to lots more – and if you want to see some jolly knitting for yourselves head to the House in the Junction next to the Shakespeare Business Centre and take a peek at their window. Fun and funky …

So G8 summit leaders beware … the very chairs you sit in as you (desperately hopeful here) decide on some humane and decisive actions could be ‘made over’ into a colour-fest of knitted glory as you pontificate!

According to the Guardian the yarnbombers are there and ready …

Yarnbombers Purl 1 and Knit 1

Yarnbombers gear up for the G8 summit
photo: the Guardian

Big lunch, big fun

Big lunch, big fun

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Vincent in Brixton gets a walk – official launch

The new Van Gogh Walk is to be unveiled on Saturday 30 March from noon to 4pm – which is appropriate as it also would have been the great man’s 160th birthday.

If flamenco, music, face painting and balloons and hoops are not enough of a draw, the renamed walk, formerly Isabel Street, is well worth a look anyway. With its new planting, traffic calming and secure cycle parking for residents – and the plentiful new builds-  it’s an amazing area to explore.

A real win for community, schools, tenants, residents and Lambeth co-operating on a vision, Van Gogh Walk is destined to be a special outside space in an area where many do not have their own gardens.

It’s truly inspirational…

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An exhibition of paintings by Colin McKenzie at the Red Gate Gallery

Red Gate Gallery presents

“The day I went to Woodstock”

An exhibition of paintings by Colin McKenzie

Private View:             Friday 5th of December 2008 – 6 pm to 11 pm
Exhibition runs from:          Friday 5th to 11th of December 2008
Gallery Opening Hours:          Sat, Mon, Tues, Wed: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Last day of Exhibition:        Thurs 11th of December: 11.00am to 5.00pm

Colin McKenzie @ Red Gate Gallery

“The sun was shining the atmosphere was electric, the sounds were smooth, the people mellow, the reality expanding, the mood inviting. This to me is how I think of Woodstock and how it must have been or hoped it was; with vibrant colours, merriment and music, the psychedelic matched with freedom of the mind and the abandonment of all that was restricted.” (McKenzie 2008)

McKenzie has a deep sense that art ought to feel like a day at Woodstock: electric, dynamic, smooth and mind expanding. Paint should not flow just in one direction across the canvas, but take all manner of paths helping it glide with palette knives merging and smoothing the colours, like the multitude of people blending, mingling at a vast gathering. This highlights movement rather than constrictions of a brush. Flowing and manoeuvring without restriction; this reflects ideas of freedom and lyricism rather than order and sense.

Dynamic and idiosyncratic in style, McKenzie certainly shows his viewers that he is more than able to capture moods and situations in a poignant and self-explanatory way. His palette knifes strokes are in deed a feast for the eye and senses reflecting his craftmanship as a painter. As a main tool he uses palette knives as he feels the brush can become confining for his large scale canvases.

Why Woodstock: McKenzie’s central focus lies with the passage of time, history and questions of freedom and determination. Even if he has never been able to personally experience Woodstock, he strongly feels that one has to be able to create ones own Woodstock. For him the very idea of Woostock represents freedom and progress.

Maybe we should all retreat once in a while into our own imaginary Woodstock….

Colin Mckenzie graduated in fashion and worked in various fashion houses around the world. He trained as a chef  and later abandoned fashion to concentrate soley on painting. Colin says of himself: “I enjoy creating lovely meals in a nice restaurant and painting the world, if I wanted to sum me up  in one sentence it would be:
The world is complicated so am I……….”

Red Gate Gallery
209a Coldharbour Lane
Loughborough Junction
London SW9 8RU
Tel: 020 73260993

e-mail: info@redgategallery.co.uk

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Damien Hirst Sale at Sotheby’s “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever”

Damien Hirst, B. 1965 EPINEPHRINE 120,000 – 150,000 GBP

Damien Hirst, B. 1965 EPINEPHRINE 120,000 – 150,000 GBP HAMMER PRICE GBP£505,250

Many years ago, Damien Hirst traveled from his flat in the famous Barrier Block in Brixton and probably through Loughborough Junction on his way to the Camberwell College of Arts. Although this is a tentative association, it is still one that I am keen to latch onto!

Next week he will be holding one of largest sales of the year at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street, where his latest collection is expected to exceed GBP£65,000,000.

The auction which will commence on Monday ( 15.9.08 ) evening and will be continuing on Tuesday with two further sessions. The sale is an incredible feat of branded consumerism, Hirst’s style clearly defined with easily recognizable variations on his key themes which will no doubt fetch fortunes as some of the worlds richest collectors scramble for a piece of the action. Four of the works will be sold for charities including the Demelza, Hospice Care for Children, Survival International, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The preview runs throughout Sunday 12-5 and Monday 9-12 am and is definitely worth visiting if you can make it.

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Hirst will subsequently be opening a gallery besides Sotheby’s.



- Damien Hirst, B. 1965 THE KINGDOM 4,000,000 – 6,000,000 GBP

- Damien Hirst, B. 1965 THE KINGDOM 4,000,000 – 6,000,000 GBP HAMMER PRICEGBP£9,561,250

 Damien Hirst, B. 1965 THE GOLDEN CALF 8,000,000 – 12,000,000 GBP

Damien Hirst, B. 1965 THE GOLDEN CALF 8,000,000 – 12,000,000 GBP HAMMER PRICE £10,345,250

Session 1 realised GBP£70,545,100 + commission & VAT