BLUE ART PRESS RELEASE: Displacement, a gathering of artists in East London


Displacement – dɪsˈpleɪsm(ə)nt/ (There Goes The Neighbourhood)

From what we can understand, One Little Girl and a Can of Gasoline (a steel fabrication workshop in a railway arch on Clare Street that sometimes doubles as a gallery space) invited the London artist known as Skeleton Cardboard to run an art show.

Displacement is a show curated by Skeleton Cardboard, “a long term resident of Bethnal Green and one of London’s regular names in the Urban Art scene, he has invited artists known to Clare St to participate in this one off, unique group show.  The concept of the show aiming to tackle the issues of the ever changing cultural landscape at the heart of East London’s individual history”.

“Over the past 18 months, artists have established Urban Art at the heart of Bethnal Green. Steeped in history, a part of East London that was destroyed in WWII long before the days of coffee shops and restaurants, Clare St became a hub for the companies that make our city tick and play an integral part of society along with other professional services and businesses.  Clare Street’s businesses consist of industrial units, car and bike garages, steel and woodworks. Having become friends with the owners through my daily passing, I found the businesses more supportive of Urban Art than a typical high street shop and more open minded to the concept of art.  In the last 18 months artists have painted Clare St with us from the USA, Columbia, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Argentina and of course mostly from the UK.

The business owners are rightly frustrated at being asked to leave the arches where soon national and international corporations will take over.  The big name coffee shops and such will pay the higher rents, leaving the current businesses tasked with the difficulty of finding new locations and rebuilding their local client group”

Displacement – dɪsˈpleɪsm(ə)nt/ (There Goes The Neighbourhood).  Opening night (First Thurs) July 7th and then until July 14th

And so “the last show in a steel fabrication workshop/gallery before it becomes yet another expensive coffeeshop, tattoo emporium, cocktail bar, organic foodstore, Tesco Metro or yet another trendy barbers”.

The “All star line up” of artists includes: 616, Ali Hamish, Airborne Mark, Attai, Bill Daggs, Bill Thorpe,  Charlie McFarley, Donk, Fanakapan, Frankie Strand, Himbad, Hugo & Sholto Id-iom, Lost Souls: (aka Captain Kris, Si Mitchell, Squirl, Sp Zero 76), Lilly Lou,  My Dog Sighs, Noriaki, Pang, Sean Worrall, Seeds One, Skeleton Cardboard, This One, Tony Riff and Vanesa Longchamp.

One Little Girl And A Can Of Gasoline is at 299 Clare St, Bethnal Green, E2 9HD.


For more information, images, or to talk to the artists or anyone involved in the show please contact Ellie at the Blue Art List by return of e.mail

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Thanks, Ellie Scott, Blue Art List

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