Pixel Perfect: How To Take Great Product Shots
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Pixel Perfect: How To Take Great Product Shots

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We are excited to host this month's Makers' Club by Makerhood at Hotel Elephant!

In this world of ever-increasing visual sophistication, artists and makers are aware of the importance of good product shots yet often struggle to get them right. Even if we can afford to employ a professional photographer for our key images of the year, it is likely that we will need new shots to add to our image library on a regular basis, often just with the help of a phone camera. In this session, artist, photographer and Makerhood Director Jonathan Dredge will share his tips on how to achieve successful product shots with minimum equipment and maximum skill.

Jonny comes from a professional background in broadcasting and visual effects. Being also an artist, he has masses of experience from both sides of the lens. Jonny is part of Modern Eccentrics, a crafting and artistic collaboration created with his partner. Having originally studied car design and subsequently television systems, he has, amongst other things, taught for Apple, edited commercials and promos, worked as a freelance photographer and run bookshops.

All creatives, makers and designers are welcome.

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Xmas Market at Spare Street
Dec
1
to Dec 3

Xmas Market at Spare Street

Crafty Christmas at Hotel Elephant

Hotel Elephant is excited to invite you to celebrate Christmas at Spare Street. Sip a mug of mulled cider as you browse the wide selection of original artworks, artist prints, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery, and photography.


With appreciation of handmade crafts at an alltime high, this will be the perfect opportunity to find a unique and meaningful Christmas gift. From colourful knitted baby hats by Wild Goose Chase to exclusive illustrations and stationery gifts by Becky Bird, the Xmas market at Spare Street will offer a wide range of crafted works that will get you excited for the gifting season. With prices ranging from a few pounds to up to £100, this is a great opportunity to buy affordable handcrafted gifts straight from the makers, may it be handmade Jewellery by Juna or exclusive ceramic ornaments and vases by Clara Castner.

Throughout the weekend, our Café & Bar will be open serving speciality coffee, sweet tarts and pastries along with hearty toasted sourdough sandwiches. Our sourdough & tarts come from St John’s and pastries from Comptoir Gourmand on Maltby Street. Our coffee beans are sources from the Gentlemen Barista’s based on Union Street. We will also be offering a wide selection of craft cider, beer, and cocktails!

The market is open on Friday from 6pm to 9:30pm and on Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

It is free entry for the whole weekend! RSVP via Eventbrite to benefit from exclusive news and offers from our café and traders over the weekend.

Get to know our traders: 

Designs and Prints by Kristy Riddell

Photography by Aisling Keavey

Prints and Stationary by Cecilia Washburn

Accessories and Apparel by Just Kim Prints

Well-being Products by BLÄSTA HENRIËT

Textual Illustrations by Becky Bird

An Exciting Limited Edition Game by Point and Place

Ceramics by Clara Castner

Jewellery by  Jazzy Menagerie

Baby and Kids Hats by Wild Goose Chase Kids

Ceramics by Evelyn Pang

Hats by Terry Weston

Notebooks by Rachel Littlefoot

and many more! 

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How To Work With A Museum – Talk by Jenny Judova
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

How To Work With A Museum – Talk by Jenny Judova

Jenny started her career in the London Art Scene was the founder of Art Map and a journalist exploring the grassroots artist’s projects and the relationships within the art market. After being involved with Tom’s Etching Studio and Clarion List, she has published two books about the art world dynamics: ‘How to Approach a Gallery?’ and ‘Who to Know in London?’ Currently she works with museums as a travelling exhibitions manager for Vastari and runs a museums professionals network as well as monthly Art Talks.

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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How To Use Email Marketing To Boost Your Creative Business – Talk by Sinead Koehler
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

How To Use Email Marketing To Boost Your Creative Business – Talk by Sinead Koehler

A mailing list is a key tool for connecting with your most engaged customers but do you struggle to find content and send emails regularly? Sinead Koehler from Crafty Fox Market joins us for a creative master class in email marketing. Pick up practical tips, which will help you to turns those emails into customers.

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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What They Didn’t Teach You At Art School – Talk by Rosalind Davis
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

What They Didn’t Teach You At Art School – Talk by Rosalind Davis

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003) and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Davis has been appointed as permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery and her exhibition ‘Complicity, Artifice and Illusion’ was reviewed by Art Top 10 here ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Geddes Gallery and with ZAP at Bond House Gallery (ASC). Davis has previously co-directed and developed two innovative artists educational, membership and exhibition organisations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (ZAP 2012-16) and Core Gallery (2009-11,) based in London.

Davis also lectures for universities, galleries and art organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, the ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and ArtQuest and teaches creative workshops across the country as well as short courses in social media marketing and arts management at UAL. As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independents as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4.

Davis is a published writer for a variety of publications and co-author of ‘What They Didn’t Teach You At Art School’ (2016). Davis has contributed to The Guardian, a-n, Artlicks and Jotta. As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities, independents as well as corporations such as E4. In 2013 Davis was featured on a BBC4 documentary Tales of Winter, the Art of Snow and Ice.’

 

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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Successful Fundraising For Artists & Creatives – Talk by Carolyn McDonald
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Successful Fundraising For Artists & Creatives – Talk by Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn McDonald has 20 plus years of supporting organisations and individuals to communicate the purpose they are passionate about. She has worked with organisations within huge health tenders and cultural organisations and individuals to create the environment they need to materialize their dreams. She has extensive experience of raising funds from the £1 million to £500. McDonald works to bring clarity to each person’s vision, the money raising options and the ability to realize them. Our talk at Hotel Elephant will include traditional funding options, ACE and newer platforms such as kick starter and crowd funding.

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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How Did They Do It ?
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

How Did They Do It ?

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In this unique networking event ArtisTank will give young curators and emerging artists the ability to meet and discuss future plans while learning more about how to use their art to help refugees.

They will have the chance to welcome Art Refuge UK to the event. Art Refuge UK is a small and robust charity applying its expertise in art therapy and working with refugees. They will talk about their experience but also more broadly about how art professionals and artists can be part of such a big cause.

To celebrate the recent opening of their second-hand art material marketplace www.ArtisTankmarket.com, we also invite all participants to come along with a second-hand art material that they do not use anymore. We will aim to sell it during the event or later down the line on our marketplace with all benefits will go to Art Refuge UK!

In their mission to foster concrete opportunities ArtisTank will also give the chance to 6 young curators and 6 young artists to meet and discuss future projects/wishes during a speednetworking session. (Does NOT need to be related to helping refugees)

If you want to be part of the speednetworking sessions and have the amazing chance to discuss one-to-one with 6 curators based in London/UK, please purchase a ticket below (profits will also go to Art Refuge UK) and do not forget to bring your portfolio. This is a very unique opportunity and we aim to bring together the most promising artists and curators.

Tickets are free but a second-hand art material gift and Eventbrite registration are required!

If you are a curator willing to be part of the speednetworking session, please contact ArtisTank directly at chloe@artistank.com.

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How To Launch Your New Product Collection – Talk by Sinead Koehler
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

How To Launch Your New Product Collection – Talk by Sinead Koehler

It can be challenging to get your new products noticed and to make them stand out in such a crowded marketplace. Sinead Koehler from Crafty Fox Market joins us to share some of great examples of how this can be done successfully using both digital marketing and in person selling.

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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ISCREAM
Nov
3
to Nov 17

ISCREAM

ISCREAM is collection of people who believe it’s about time the city was spammed with empowerment, creativity and conversations on self identifying.

ISCREAM is an exhibition and series of workshops showcasing seven bold and non-forgiving female, non-binary & LGBQT+ artists examining contemporary notions of sex, gender and the human body. All of whom are varied in their practices which, provides this show with fragmented notions of how people can integrate their lives, bodies, and consciousnesses. ISCREAM examines and celebrates differences through diverse means of mediums.

 

 

 

Private View: Friday 3rd November 6-11pm

 

Life Drawing Workshop: Thursday 9th November (£8, paper and charcoal included) 

6.30 Registration and meet 

7.00 Drawing session 

8.30 Casual talk and crit 

9.00 - 10:00 Bar open 

 

Collage Workshop: Thursday 16th November (£4 materials included)

6:30 Registration and meet 

7:00 Brief Talk 

7:20 Session Begins 

8:00 Break 

8:10 Session continues 

9:00 - 10:00 Bar open 

 

Closing Party : Friday 17th November 6-11pm

( with Films, Performances, and Music by DJ Pop)*

*This event is open to all people but is an over 18 event only due to referencing of nudity, sexuality and adult content. 

 

Participating Artists:

Natalie Anastasiou

Kamilia Anna Harchi

Lucy Irwin

Katy Jalili

Jessie James

Liberty Antonia Sadler

Singing Snow Goose (Sarah Sayeed)

 

Curated by Lucy Irwin & Liberty Antonia Sadler

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Preparing for Christmas Sales - Talk by Sinead Koehler
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Preparing for Christmas Sales - Talk by Sinead Koehler

With Christmas being such a key time for designer/makers, we have invited Sinead Koehler from Crafty Fox Market in to share some tips for preparing for the festive season. Topics will include product development, marketing effectively and selling at events both online and in person. Sinead will use lots of real-life examples from the Crafty Fox Market community of designer makers.

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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How To Approach A Gallery – Talk by Jenny Judova
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

How To Approach A Gallery – Talk by Jenny Judova

Please join us on Tuesday the 10th of October, for a talk by Jenny Judova on How To Approach A Gallery. Afterwards there will be refreshments and an opportunity for informal networking.

Jenny Judova is the director of Art Map London and the traveling exhibitions manager at Vastari. She will be speaking about the complicated relationship between artists and galleries and how artists can bypass the gallery system to do it on their own. An artist really does not need gallery representation to have a successful career in the arts.

 

7pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm: Talk begins

8:30pm – 9pm: Our bar will remain open for drinks and informal networking

 

Tickets: £5 + VAT

or

Buy 7 talk pass for £25 + VAT (seven talks for price of five!)

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Photo Scratch
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Photo Scratch

  • 5 Spare Street London, England, SE17 3EP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

The format of the night involves a group of six photographers previewing a project in an incomplete state. The audience comprised of other photographers and people within the industry are then welcome to discuss the work and leave written feedback for each project. This valuable written feedback is then kept by each photographer for future reference. The night is free for all to attend, but booking is required. 

The ethos of the night is to continue the peer-review approach nurtured at the London College of Communication on the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course. It is a chance for photographers at many different stages of their careers to meet, discuss and have open dialogues about their practice in a supportive environment, in order to make meaningful connections, and stronger work.

 

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Applications Open for Xmas Market & Creative Business Training
Sep
1
to Sep 29

Applications Open for Xmas Market & Creative Business Training

Deadline: 5pm Friday 29th September

Do you want to get an opportunity to show your creative work at Hotel Elephant this December? Hotel Elephant is organising an exciting new opportunity for new (and less new!) creatives in the visual arts, crafts and design to show and sell their work this Christmas. Plus, you will receive 12 hours of creative business support to help you make the most out of this opportunity! Spread over four morning workshops you will receive help to make the most of showing and selling at events, get more sales this Christmas and more social media interest and online sales too! 

Hotel Elephant has teamed up with The Design Trust, the online business school for designers and makers, to offer you this package of selling at the Hotel Elephant Christmas show 1st – 3rd December 2017 plus 4 workshops running September – December 2017

The workshops will be hosted by Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust, who is a well-known creative business adviser and trainer, and you will get a lot of practical advice and tips to sell more this Christmas too. Not just at the show, but also in the run up to Christmas.

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Co-working Space launch
Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Co-working Space launch

15th June, 4pm - 8pm 

Free 

Please RSVP

The official launch of Hotel Elephant’s new co-working spaces on Spare Street. Flexibly designed to facilitate co-working, these spaces offer a range of memberships from hot desk to individual spaces. Come and take a tour of the Elephant & Castle’s first co-working space for creative entrepreneurs!

This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017  

 

 

 

 

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Spring Showcase - Artworks & Gifts
Jun
10
to Jun 11

Spring Showcase - Artworks & Gifts

10th & 11th June, 10am - 6pm

Free

On the second weekend in June we will be showcasing a range of artworks and gifts from Hotel Elephant members in our public space and cafe. 

Our cafe will be open all day serving all day brunch, coffee, sandwiches and our usual range for craft ciders & beers. 

We have also partnered with our friends and neighbours the Pullens Yards - Their Summer & Xmas Open studios events are a permanent fixture in our calendar and we would throughly recommend you visit. The Pullens studios are a collection of Victorian workshops with cobbled streets - just 5 mins from Spare Street. Their Summer open studios will be running 9th - 11th June for more information see here : http://pullensopen.org

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Dust London Launch
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Dust London Launch

Friday 9th June, 6pm - 9pm

Bar open till 11pm

Free

Dust London is a collaboration between artist and architect, Michael McManus and Matthew Grant. They are concrete origamists.

Through their unique, hand-crafted process, they create delicate, homogeneous objects from single sheets of paper. These fragile forms take on a timeless quality when cast in concrete. Each mix is composed from carefully selected stone and sand, specifically designed to arrive at a balance between materials. Spanning between the sculptural and the decorative, Dust London create objects for domestic and commercial clients. Flexible in function, our objects can be found in both interior and exterior environments.

Join us to celebrate the launch of our first collection. 

Objects for the sophisticated eye.

Check out their website:

DUSTLONDON

Dust London are part of Hotel Elephants recent graduate and start-up creative business community operating from our workspaces at Spare Street. Hotel Elephant is delighted to be hosting the launch of Dust London, which is also forms part of our program for the London Festival of Architecture 2017.  

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Howlin Greens #2 - Electric Boogaloo
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Howlin Greens #2 - Electric Boogaloo

6pm - 11pm

Free Entry!

Howlin' Greens had a sell out launch night back in April! We've invited them back for round 2 with MORE MORE MORE! 
Come and fill up on finger-licking fare and tempting tipples to fuel your Friday. 
The gorgeous Estelle Birch,Suren Seneviratne and Lee Fairweather will also be spinning an array of smooth grooves tailored to get you dancing the night away.

We can't wait! 

Howlin' Greens is a Vegan All-Day Breakfast Burrito stand run by Lauren Jetty in South London.

Check out the menu!

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Paintings and Drawings of the Elephant & Castle by Reuben Powell
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Paintings and Drawings of the Elephant & Castle by Reuben Powell

1st - 30th June 

10am - 6pm 

Free

Reuben Powell has lived in the Elephant and Castle neighbourhood in Southwark for 30 years. His practice as an artist has a focus on his local environment and the River Thames. Reuben works with a variety of media; from large scale drawings in graphite to his ground-breaking work painting onto tin plate sheets and using new technology to digitally print onto metal. 

This exhibition is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017 and will take place in Hotel Elephant's mixed use public space & cafe.

www.reubenpowell.co.uk

londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

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Photo Scratch
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Photo Scratch

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

The format of the night involves a group of six to eight photographers previewing a project in an incomplete state. These photographers are selected in advance based on informal applications. Each photographer is given a wall space to display their work in any way they see fit (rough prints, contact sheets, annotations, captions, text, projection etc.). The audience comprised of other photographers and people within the industry are then welcome to discuss the work and leave written feedback for each project. This valuable written feedback is then kept by each photographer for future reference. The night is free for all to attend, but booking is required. There is a bar in the gallery.

April's Edition will feature work-in-progress from:

Joanne Coates

Andreea-Mihaela Andrei

Stephanie Smith

Bekky Lonsdale

Theo McInnes

Simon Martin

Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos

Plus a special area of dummy/mock photo books.

Book to guarantee entry!

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Howlin Greens Launch Night - Vegan Pop Up!
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Howlin Greens Launch Night - Vegan Pop Up!

6pm - 11pm 

Free Entry (with food & drink for sale)

Join us for the launch night of Howling Greens - A Vegan All-Day Breakfast Burrito stand run by Lauren Jetty in South London. Come and fill up on finger-licking fare and tempting tipples to fuel your Friday. The gorgeous Estelle Birch will also be spinning an array of smooth grooves tailored to get you dancing the night away.

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A work in progress with the title "Where does the art lie?"
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

A work in progress with the title "Where does the art lie?"

Thursday 20th April, 7pm onwards

Free

Please RSVP

Please join us at Spare Street for ‘A work in progress with the title “where does the art lie?”’ an interactive screening event produced by Karolina Magnusson Murray and Leon Platt. ‘A work in progress with the title “where does the art lie?’’’ has been commissioned through Hotel Elephant's Small Commissioning Program, funded through Southwark Councils Arts Grant Fund.

About the work:

Karolina Magnusson and Leon Platt’s process is socially engaged and collaborative. On the 20th April, Karolina and Leon will produce a site-specific screening event, ‘A work in progress with the title “where does the art lie?’’’ which considers the historical and conceptual significance of the Café/Salon environment. Their aim is that participants in the work will be listed as collaborators and receive a version of the final work to own.

Their shared interests and points of reference include, intentionality; intellectual property; collaboration; recursion; closed systems, criticism and institutional critique. They are particularly interested in the underlying processes that shape artistic practice including the conceptual frameworks of artistic dialogue.

Karolina & Leon work on a project-to-project basis; they work in any medium that is in line with their intentions and concepts for that specific project, as well as aiming to include other collaborators and participants if the work demands it.

This particular project is collaborative and inclusive through its interactive framework. It uses a socially engaged environment (Café/Salon), to question implicit and overlooked levels of contribution and responsibly between artists and audiences. The work is going to be made in real time during the event, therefore, anyone attending will be listed as a collaborator and will receive a version of the final work to own. Collaborators so far include William Colley, Karolina Magnusson Murray, Alicia Matthews, and Leon Platt.

About the artists: 

Karolina and Leon are based in London and graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2015. Their practice is collaborative and works through a range mediums, inquiring into underlying processes of art practice and the institutional structures within which they reside.

Their collaborative work was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016. Collectively and apart they have been shortlisted for the, 2016 Solo Award, long listed for Celeste Prize 2016, shortlisted for the 2016 Kim Fielding Award and won; The 2015 Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art Purchase Prize. They have participated in various shows including; Christian Marclay, Fluxus Reenactments, White Cube, London, 2015; Beyond Becoming. Pierogi (The Boiler), New York. 2015; Supermarket Art Fair 2015. Stockholm. 2015; Friktioner International Performance Art Festival. Uppsala, Sweden 2014; Guangzhoulive 5, Guandong, China. 2014; Performance Platform Lublin 2014, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin; Waldon Affairs, Zuidwal 52, The Hague, 2014; A Month of Performance Art Festival – Berlin; Sluice Art Fair London 2013.

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An evening in discussion with Jules Varnedoe
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

An evening in discussion with Jules Varnedoe

Thursday 13th April, 7pm onwards

Free, Please RSVP

Join us at Spare Street for an evening of discussion and readings offering a deeper perspective on Jules Varnedoe's video piece commission through Hotel Elephant's Small Commissiong Prorgam. This program has been funded through Southwark Council's Arts Grant Fund. 

Jules Varnedoe has a research – based practice and will be creating a video installation and accompanying event on the 13th April. Using computer - game creation software, he draws connections between cross generational objects found in the worlds longest archaeological site (the Thames riverbed) and fossilised organisms along the Jurassic coast, Dorset.

The live event will be an evening of food and drink, poetry reading and group discussion.The reading will offer a different and deeper perspective on the video piece, allowing Jules to engage the audience in a group discussion around the research he is working on.   

The work is influenced by Mark and Diana McMenamin’s theory of Hypersea (an alternative paleontological description of the movement of early life from the oceans onto land), museum archaeological collections (particularly the Natural History Museum), and the practice of mud larking (which is finding objects in riverbeds, in this case the Thames, and building histories from these objects).  This follows on-going research looking at life and objects within waterways, and what we can learn about our evolutionary history and contemporary society through examining these spaces.

Jules Varnedoe is research-based artist working between London and Cornwall, UK

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TRAGEDY
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

TRAGEDY

Thursday 6th April, 7pm onwards

Free, Please RSVP 

Join us at Spare Street as Anthi Kougia & Mafalda Miranda Jacinto present TRAGEDY. This performance piece has been commissioned through Hotel Elephant's Small Commissioning Program, with funding from Southwark Council's Arts Grant Fund.

Synopsis: 

A TRAGICOMEDY IN TWO ACTS. ONE TRAGIC AND ONE COMIC. 

‘’We are the latest grandchildren. We are sperm. We are old. Not just old; we are ancient. A fart. We are Soviet dictators. We are the 7 Wonders. We are innumerable graves. We are the keepers’’, A shouted in a dramatic tone. 

‘’We are the throwers. We are cleaning brooms. We are brothers. Big Brothers .We are Ulysses. We possess nothing and thus not fear its loss. We need not destroy the past; it is gone’’, B shouted in an even more dramatic tone. 

WE ARE MOVING THEATRES. NON-SENSE. PURE MAGIC.
We claim territories and we invade spaces. WE ARE MOTHERS. WE ARE MOTHER FUCKERS.
WE ARE THE MOST PURE, FUNNY, ABSURD, ANCIENT, and TRAGIC TRAGEDY 

Project Description:

This performance piece is the second project on which Athi & Mafalda work together as a company. The creation of the piece is mainly based on the act of CARRYING and RELOCATION, or rather the idea of claiming/invading TERRITORIES. What do we carry within us when we relocate ourselves in space? How do we establish our own new territory? 

As territories are being outlined through the “space”, the belongingness fades and the boundaries tremble when intermission, interruption and invasion start to create conflict, contradictions and tensions between the two creatures. 

Through this project, they intend to explore the idea of themselves being storage containers. Using spherical costumes, they will introduce two creatures on stage - reminiscent of mythological creatures like Atlas, spaceships, planets or even some sort of animals like turtles or snails, which always carry their homes with/on them. But what do these creatures have to reveal on stage? ‘’THE OBJECTS AS THE KEEPERS’’. 

By setting an unexpected and absurd environment, they play between the realm of theatre, reality and magic, not really knowing if it is theatre or if it is magic. They would say: always both. 

About The Artists:

Anthi Kougia is a greek artist. Her practice is based on an effort to understand the reasons behind the cruel socio-political surrealism around her, by using absurdity, humour and tragedy. She is interested in a ‘’ theatre of capacity” and thus, interested in creating a ‘’popular language’’ based on ordinary familiar objects. By placing the object in the centre of her performance practice she tries to explore its transformative power in order to reach unexpected territories and dimensions. In September 2016, Anthi finished her MA in Performance Making by the Goldsmiths University of London. 

Mafalda Miranda Jacinto is an artist based in Lisbon and London. As a visually oriented creator, she enjoys creating a fantasy world on stage through a variety of media, by using moving images to explore the surreal in reality. Like Anthi, Mafalda attended a one-year MA program in Performance Making, at Goldsmiths University of London. She is also member of the artistic collective Rabbit Hole, since December 2013 and she has also worked for two years as a producer with the dance collective Bomba Suicida. 

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BAM BAM LAM
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

BAM BAM LAM

Friday 31st March, 6pm - 11pm 

Free Entry!

Natty Bo returns to Hotel Elephant 

BAM BA LAM CLUB 

Artist & Regular DJ at Gazs Rockin Blues International Singer frontman of Mighty Ska band.... 

The Top Cats ,

Harlem Swing band....... 

Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm, 

World renown .. Ska Cubano 

& The Yiddish Twist Orchestra

Natty Bo is playing in person spinning a ton of classic & rare records on a musical rhythm excursion to get you dancing   Jumpin & Jivin Rockin Swingin Lindy hoppin to the bar while  Twistin & Shakin.. do the James brown ..Do the Ska ..Do the Reggae...The funky chicken the Wild Watusi  let your self go to Rhythm & Rockin Blues  Soul  Tropical sounds from Jamaica Colombia Cuba & Trinidad New Orleans Funk New Breed , Popcorn Gospel stomp touch of Dancehall Exotica

Well Alreet !!! 

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Small Commissioning Program Exhibition
Mar
31
to Apr 18

Small Commissioning Program Exhibition

Six New Artworks Commissioned from Emerging Graduate Artists

Hotel Elephant Small Commissioning Program

Private View: Thursday 30th March, 6pm - 9pm 

Open: Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Events: 6th, 13th & 20th April, 7pm onwards

Free entry

Please RSVP to Private View 

Hotel Elephant is pleased to announce the winners of our first Small Commissioning Program. This program has commissioned six new pieces of work to be made by recent graduate artists; Anthi Kougia, Mafalda Jacinto, Jules Varnedoe, Karolina Magnusson, Leon Platt, Tanya Fryer, Tim Alexander and Valerie Savchits. These new works will be exhibited at Hotel Elephant’s Spare Street gallery and public space between 30th March and 20th April 2017.

Hotel Elephant’s Small Commissioning Program has been funded through Southwark Council’s Arts Grants scheme and forms part of Hotel Elephant’s wider Creative Enterprise Program. The Small Commissioning Program was open to artists who have graduated in last three years and the successful applicants will receive £500 towards creating the new work, along with an exhibition at Hotel Elephant.

Emily Woodhouse, Director and Curator at Hotel Elephant said “We are delighted with the response to our first small commissioning program for recent graduates. We received over 40 applications spanning a vast selection of practices, all were of a very high standard! This really underline for us that not only is there a wealth of talent graduating from Universities each year, but that opportunities such as this play a vital role in helping to establish artist careers”

The exhibition will showcase a vast array of works featuring textile, video, sculpture, neon, abstract painting, performative and participatory events:

Anthi Kougia and Mafalda Miranda Jacinto will produce a performative event: TRAGEDY on the evening of the 6th April. Playing with the idea of being storage containers by setting an unexpected and absurd environment - not really knowing if it is theatre or if it is magic. They would say: always both!

Jules Varnedoe has a research – based practice and will be creating a video installation and accompanying event on the 13th April. Using computer - game creation software, he draws connections between cross generational objects found in the worlds longest archaeological site (the Thames riverbed) and fossilised organisms along the Jurassic coast, Dorset.

Karolina Magnusson and Leon Platt’s process is socially engaged, bordering on democratic. On the 20th April, Karolina and Leon will produce a site-specific screening event, 'A work in progress with the title "Where does the art lie?" which considers the historical and conceptual significance of the Café/Salon environment. Their aim is that participants in the work will be listed as collaborators and receive a version of the final work to own.

Tanya Fryer is a topographical painter and textile artist. She will be translating her yearlong study of the Thames, as seen from Southbank onto fabric, using screen print and hand embroidery.

City dweller and artist Tim Alexander tries to make sense of the complex relationship we have with our built urban environment. His piece: Beyond the White Noise, is a site-specific piece taking the Draper estate as his source of inquiry.  The Draper estate was the first to be built in the Elephant & Castle area as part of the post war regeneration programme of the late 1950’s – the same area which, in 2017 is undergoing another huge regeneration program.

Born to a Russian-speaking family near the Baltic Sea in Latvia, Valerie Savchits uses a wide array of materials and techniques - from oil paintings and graffiti to neon installations and spray painted sculptures. Her work explores ideas of identity and reversed aesthetics as well as issues and struggles of a post-soviet generation.

The exhibition and accompanying events are free to attend, but booking may be required for some events. Please visit our website for more details.

 

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Micro Acts
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Micro Acts

...short stories...small rebellions...mini manifestos... ...personal fables...snippets of memory...

MICROACTS is a program of short films, 5 minutes or less, exploring concentrated storytelling through moving image. From bold political expression to delicate per- sonal memories to abstract experimental collages; MICROACTS aims to create a thought-provoking, informative and diverse evening of film.

Curated by Liberty Antonia Sadler 

Free Entry

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