North London's Cultural Guide

Get a Cob on


One of our favourite higher-brow blogs, The Arts Desk, got it exactly right this week when they asked: “Is North the new East?”

Why? Well, joining Zabludowicz, Spring Projects, the Annroy and other, smaller spaces in the manor is The Cob Gallery, an innovative breeding ground for upcoming artists just a stone’s throw from Kentish Town.

The Cob Gallery is a re-booted former television studio run by friends Polly Stenham, a successful young playwright, and curator Victoria Williams. Named after Polly’s father, the banker and art collector Anthony “Cob” Stenham, its 500 sq ft ground-floor is jewelled with an attention-grabbing glass-panelled hanging space. There’s also a lower gallery, plus communal first-floor studio and separate room where Stenham will write. It’s all very right-now: modern, functional and unintimidating. We like very much.


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And even better is the first show, Unnatural Nature, which only runs till Monday (28th) so we advise a very prompt visit indeed. There’s Katie Paterson’s atmospheric ‘Light Bulb To Simulate Moonlight’.

But the highlight was the captivating ‘Les Amants’ series, by Londoner Noemie Goudal:

So there we have it.

And if, for some inexcusable reason, you miss this gem, make sure you check out the intriguing-sounding Guts for Garters, a pop-up concept shop running for the month of March.

205 Royal College St NW1.


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