North London's Cultural Guide


Local Hero?

[youtube=] Gospel Oak boy Benjamin Garfield dropped us a line the other day about ‘Benches’, a three minute flick he’s entered into this year’s Reed Short Film competition. Rather wisely, it’s inspired by a 2006 feature yours truly wrote for the Times Magazine. Flattery will, of course, get you everywhere. ‘I was thinking about jobs …

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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 …

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New Masthead, folks

Well, it was about time. It’s by NW5-based artist Russell Loughlan. Pick up an original at Sharon Elphick’s on Columbia Road, E2. So do we like?

Save Torriano; Lose Liver

Now and again, Mrs Kentishtowner gets a craving to go east. Not necessarily to Shoreditch or Hackney, you understand, riotous though both are, but to what a slithersome estate agent might term ‘Torriano Village’, up near Brecknock Road, where NW5 snuggles up to N7. And nowhere is this postcode axis better personified than the Torriano. …

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But is it art?

I know it’s all art, art, art this week on The Kentishtowner, but before we forget, we have to plug the Camden New Journal’s recent interview with NW5 legend Dame Paula Rego on the subject of local graffitti. Rego, whose studio is in Kentish Town, wisely supports the idea of a committee to consider the …

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