Jumping on the bandwagon – The Foundry

The Foundry has really been doing the rounds on the street art/graffiti blogs and websites over the last month or so. Some people are loving it and others are getting sick of hearing about it.

As we are huge fans of many of the artists that have been adorning the walls, we decided to jump on the band wagon and do a write up about it, yet to be slightly different we wanted to drop a little history to give you a understanding of this locations significance to the local community and art scene.

The Building operated as a bank originally and was decommissioned in the 90’s when Tracey and Jonathan Moberly took out a lease on the space and turned it into a gallery for local and emerging artists. To cover costs, they opened the Foundry bar in the front section of the building, but wanted people to know that it was predominantly a art space. The bar however became a hang out for many current and future celebrities, Pete Doherty was known for hosting his poetry nights there.

The walls of the basement are heavily covered in early work by many big name graffiti and street artists such and Banksy and Faile. The walls have also been heavily tagged by regulars and visitors alike.

The Foundry came into the spotlight for a different reason in early 2010 when Hackney council approved the plans to build an 18-storey hotel and retail complex on the space, of course this successfully outraged the local community. Its not the first time that underground venues have had to make way for big business, but in this case the anger was directed at the blatant attempt to cash in on emerging trends.

The back of the building has a 6 meter high Banksy on the rear wall that is to be preserved and made a focal point of the commissioned ” Art’otel” and a large wooden hording has been placed over the artwork to preserved for future placement as a feature in the hotel (the murals by Zezao & Mr.Sperm currently cover the front of the hording).

Of course this profiteering by the corporate world on a mainstream encroaching subculture angered the art community and resulted in heavy protesting. But as always this was a valiant but futile effort and the building is in the process of being shut down and ready for demolition.

So how this links into the current surge in artwork? Through the right channels and with permission of the current lease holders, local and travelling artists have been given the green light to go to town on the space.

Check out all the shots we have ever taken of the foundry here:


Featured artists: Milo Tchais, Run, Zezao, Mr.Sperm, Elmo, ATG, Stik and of course ROA.

Jester Jacques Fine Art: October 2013 – January 2014

Jester Jacques Fine art collection | Art-PieAfter having spent almost a year building up a diverse, international and trendy collection of Contemporary and Investment Prints, Jester Jacques Art is now ready to present their Fine Art Collection.

Curated by the Directors of JJ Art,  the collection of paintings, sculptures, collages and photographs have been conscientiously selected to ensure quality, investment potential and one of a kind pieces from the finest artists from all over the world, already established in their careers.

With only 1 – 5 original pieces of artwork available by each artist, Jester Jacques provides an exclusive and limited range of beautiful, framed and ready to display pieces. The collection was created with the intention of supporting young and mid career artists and to develop a showcase for those artists beyond the galleries in which their work was usually seen.

Ready just in time for Christmas, the works on offer make excellent gifts, as original pieces by established artists allow for both unique, decorative pieces as well as serving as long term investments. Every single artist is profiled to show their selling history, achievements and exhibition lists.

Full Collection Available to purchase now until January 1st, 2014. Click to Shop.

Your stars by Cage One | Art-Pie
Your stars by Cage One

Jester Jacques Art is an all-encompassing website which boasts a Blog called ‘Trend Watch’, an Online Shop and a PR Service for Artists. With a strong online presence and a plethora of Press, JJ has had a Pop Up at Box Park, participated in the 2013 Other Art Fair in London and held a successful first exhibition in Shoreditch. 2014 will see more events and exhibitions.

Following the success of their Contemporary Art Print selection and Investment Street Art for sale online, Jester Jacques launches their Fine Art Collection in mid October 2013.

Jester Jacques Art has been described by Art Lyst as ”signal(ling) growth for Shoreditch art scene” and by Soapbox Press as “one step ahead of the rest.” Advertising Week  said ”JJ are always eager to get involved with the current trends, which allows them to deliver the best and most fresh work to the public.”

Here are the artists for this collection : Rob Bellman – Installation Artist | Sean Molloy – Painter | Mimi Norrgren – Sculptor | Kazuya Tsuji – Collage Artist | Dragomir Misina – Painter | Jack Sutherland – Painter | Simon Sarin – Photographer, Digital Artist and Painter | Jesse Treece – Collage Artist | Eric Carbrey – Painter |Cage One – Street Artist

Object-Culture: bridge for the launch of East End promise


A few days ago, I met the Paul Sakoilsky, the curator for Object-Culture, read the post here, the first of four pop up shows happening back to back throughout April and May 2010. Paul kindly sent the pictures below of the opening night (photos credits: Nick Ensing). This first show runs until the 25th April 2010.

Three more shows will then follow –
PRESS – a group show playing off the triple meaning of May Day opens on 6th May and runs until the 20th May
BUNCH OF STARS – curated and organised by The Star of Bethnal Green opens on the 25th May and runs until the 28th May Continue reading Object-Culture: bridge for the launch of East End promise

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