‘Have you tried picking your nose yet?’: On navigating the city with acrylic nails by Louise Rondel

In the 18 months since I’ve started occasionally paying to have a manicure, I find myself constantly checking out other women’s nails: staring enviously at the hands of the receptionist at my doctor surgery, of the young lady who works at the café, of the women in my gym with their highly-polished, beautifully-shaped, chip-free acrylic … More ‘Have you tried picking your nose yet?’: On navigating the city with acrylic nails by Louise Rondel

Why young Londoners are packing their bags for Beijing by Caroline Knowles.

The silent stashing of Mac laptops marks the shift from day to night in bars and cafes across the hipster world: from Dalston (London), to Williamsburg (New York) to Kreuzberg (Berlin), to Fitzroy (Melbourne) to Gulou, and Beijing’s funky hangouts. As twenty-something freelance workers head into the Beijing night they choose between its stripped back … More Why young Londoners are packing their bags for Beijing by Caroline Knowles.

New Crass Massahkah: Remembering the fire at 439 New Cross Road by Les Back

In the early hours of Sunday 18th January, 1981 a devastating fire engulfed party goers at a birthday celebration being held at 439 New Cross Road for Yvonne Ruddock and Angela Jackson. In the final toll fourteen young black people between the ages of 14 to 22 had their futures stolen from them that night. … More New Crass Massahkah: Remembering the fire at 439 New Cross Road by Les Back

The clock is ticking for Dress For Our Time by Imogen Slater

Last week I went to meet Helen Storey to talk about her current project Dress For Our Time[1]. She is a Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (London College of Fashion)[2] and co-founder of the Helen Storey Foundation. She is still and thoughtful as she speaks, carefully considering both questions and her replies. In … More The clock is ticking for Dress For Our Time by Imogen Slater

Making it Together? The Politics and Practice of Art and Mental Health Partnerships Conference

The Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Parental Mental Health Team (PMHT) and South London Gallery (SLG)  invite you to the Making it Together Conference. Date : 3rd December Time : 9.30 – 5.00 pm Location : RHB cinema, Goldsmiths University of London, SE14 6NW.     This conference takes as its starting point … More Making it Together? The Politics and Practice of Art and Mental Health Partnerships Conference

Book Launch : Small Towns, Austere Times by Steve Hanson

Date : Tuesday October 27th Location : Goldsmiths College, UoL, Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre Time : 5-7pm My book, Small Towns, Austere Times, is a politicised re-write of PhD research undertaken at Goldsmiths, supervised by Les Back. I published the book with Zero, a company perceived to operate on the borderline between politics, academia and … More Book Launch : Small Towns, Austere Times by Steve Hanson

(re:)Thinking the Street – Urban Encounters Conference and Urban Photo Fest 2015

The 2015 International Urban Photo Fest (UPF) opens on 23rd October and promises an exciting schedule of events for this year’s festival.  Urban Photo Fest is run by artists, theorists and researchers and includes a conference, a master-class, workshops, exhibitions and walks exploring street-based urban photographic practices. As part of a wider programme of events around London exploring critical ideas addressing how ‘the street’ … More (re:)Thinking the Street – Urban Encounters Conference and Urban Photo Fest 2015