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Catch up with local art in a creative atmoshpere
Trevor Mill, Thin Lady Portrait 2014; picture by courtesy of Islington Exhibits
Your chance to see contemporary artists in one borough and feel the vibe.
Do you like events that feature many artists in one area, which allow you to see a variety of arts and to get to know the area better? Do you like public space to be invaded with various examples of arts? If that sounds like you, then you will be pleased that Islington Exhibits starts in just couple of days and will last for the whole month of October - giving you a chance to explore the work of 30 different artists and art groups in 35 creative venues in north London.
This year's selection includes works of Annabel Crocker-Mellor with her pictures of flowers found by the road, in the parks or given to her by florist friends, April Yasamee with paper sculptures, Dan Knigth's lamps from recycled Christmas Trees and many others. Short descriptions of each artist's work are available at the IE website. All of them seem really interesting, fresh and creative, so it's good that all of the events are spread across the whole month giving visitors a chance to see not only one but many more. Some other events that caught my attention include "Forward to Freedom", an exhibition telling the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, a showcase of paintings done by past and present students of New River College and pictures of Paul Thomas.
Participating venues don't just include traditional galleries, exhibition places and cafes, which became highly popular in displaying art in last couple of years, but also hair salons, pubs, an old fire station and shops. Some of them are hidden places that you may not be able to discover otherwise.
Annabel Crocker-Mellor, Telling the Secret 2014; picture by courtesy of Islington Exhibits
Last year, Islington Exhibits gathered over 20,000 people: volunteers, artists, visitors and others. It's a great local initiative which grew out of small one-off event Archway Open House in 2009. Even if, Islington is not your home-borough, it's worthy going there to see all that Islington Exhibits has to offer.