East Hand. 7th-30th October. Private view 6th October 6.00-9.00pm
EAST HAND: Flyover Arts at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery
Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is proud to host a large collection of works by the East London art collective Flyover Arts. Both share the same aim of being key drivers and promoting the rich cultural scene that is thriving on the fringe of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. East Hand is curated by Water City Festival director Frank Creber.
Flyover Arts of Bromley by Bow are inspiring east London communities and transforming built environments with captivating art produced by hand. As we enter the teens of the 21st Century, for Flyover Arts it is the intervention of the human hand and sensibility to the human craving for artworks that depict people, places, character, organic form and abstracts in a range of formats that deserves preservation. The east end is rapidly reinventing itself with buildings and homes designed with computers and built by machines. Flyover Arts stand fast in the rapid stream to maintain that if we cease to celebrate the origins of great craft, our lives will become anaesthetized and dull.
There is also sensitivity and real understanding of the people that live in this area, with these artists also sharing their practice with local community groups and with Frank Creber as Water City artist visually documenting people’s lives against the ever-changing backdrop.
Flyover Arts are joined by two guest exhibitors and mediums for the East Hand show include painting, stone sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, embroidery and textile print.
Many of the works are impressively large in scale, with these artists regularly working with architects and public art commissioners. In 2011 alone Mürüde Mehmet’s ceramic tiles adorn West London paving; Paula Haughney’s granite sculpture seat marked the opening of Beam Parkland, Dagenham; Lydia Gardner secured residencies in four Hackney schools and Frank Creber continues to document the rapid architectural changes of East London as the Water City artist. Sheenagh McKinlay and Paul Shaw continue to deliver commissions in stained glass – each very different in style. Many of the works across the group also appeal to private collectors, Margy Creber’s paintings being a good example.
Guest exhibitor Michelle House (of the 62 Group and Design Nation) has secured a series of sales in 2011 for her printed textiles to the exclusive Firmdale Hotels; whilst guests the Women’s Group at St Hilda’s recently produced a beautiful tapestry to mark the Lloyd’s Register 250th anniversary.
The themes for East Hand are varied and stimulating – to include commemorations of War; celebrations of latin culture; pure abstract works; depictions of Elgin’s marbles; scenes from Bangladeshi culture; the landscapes of east London. Paula Haughney’s sculptures explore natural and alien forms and Mürüde Mehmet’s ceramics explore unusual uses, to include small seats.
The launch night will feature a concert by the Water City Festival players conducted by Michael Bochmann. Bochmann asks us to be taken into another realm by the atmospheres of India and moved by the Masters of Germany with a concert that is inspired by the art of the exhibition. Bengali vocalist Akash Sottar will sing.
The programme will include: Teacher’s Raga; Bach Sonata; Beethoven Quartet; Songs from Bengal and Bangladesh.
In providing exhibition space to local creatives and embracing indigenous talent, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery pushes ahead in support of the regeneration agenda for this frontier area right on the edge of the Olympic Park, in a venue that faces the majestic Olympic Stadium.
Gallery co-founder and manager William Chamberlain said, “As pioneers of urban regeneration, it is absolutely vital that artists, musicians and other creative practitioners are given the opportunity to benefit from the redevelopment of unique places like Hackney Wick. It’s not only about sport. Without art in all its forms at its heart, a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic legacy will be impossible to achieve”.
Preview: Thursday 6th October 6pm – 9pm with Water City Festival concert
Exhibition: 7th to 30th October 2011
Opening times: Thu – Fri 5-9pm and Sat – Sun 12-5pm and by appointment (07846187029).
Formans Restaurant will be open during the private view and at all times during the show.
Typical Private View Menu
Forman’s Famous London Cure Smoked Salmon
Pan Fried Sole, Herb Crumb, Charred Lime-Fennel Salad
Pot Roast Chicken, Polenta Cake and Tomato Confit
Finn, Beetroot and Fig Tart – Spinach and Pine Nut Salad
Forest Mushroom and Stilton Risotto
Any Dish £10.00
Paddy & Scott’s Coffee & Cake Selection for 2 £9.50
(Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte or Americano with Chocolate brownies, Lemon & Pistachio Cake & Banana Bread)
For more information and for any exhibiting or sponsorship enquiries, please contact
Gallery Manager William Chamberlain on 07947 175 283 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
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