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Marina Abramovic

Inspiring to the core, Marina Abramovic lays bare some of the rawest emotions and provokes onlookers to turn themselves inside out and be at peace in themselves.

In this next link, in the last clips of the session, Marina talks about how important it is to focus wholly on each thing you do, she demonstrates this by doing the simplist of things – sipping water from a wine glass.  Focusing energy is an ethos that drives many of her projects so if you haven’t experienced her beautiful works before – now is the time to check out MARINA ABRAMOVIC.


Reawakening of WASSAILING

WASSAILING!    (Hackney, London)

The spirit of the season is sure to be bright with this tradition back in bloom.  Encouraging a sense of generosity, the Wassailing season, which in the past was widely recognised as a time to give chairtably and host celebrations, fizzled for a time.  However in the last half a century this tradition has made a come back.
Traits of the festivity involve lots of cake and cider; customary that hidden inside a cake was a hidden bean and pea, whoever found the bean became King and whoever found the pea came Queen for the day.  The Wassail was the name given to the ale based drink taken round houses and shared or given out to friends and guests at parties.
SO… Get your crowns ready, empty your pockets and share your food, wine and stories with your nieghbours.

Style of Party: Think Summer Solstice mixed with Christmas day and a procession of lanterns thrown in for good measure.
Wholesome food and much fun to be had.
Tis the season.

For more details on the Wassailing tradition go to
Or for more indepth research get the book

If you feel like joining in on the party look out for spots in Hackney, Hilly Fields, Greenwich and Brockley.

Some Of Our favourite Photography that’s circled the Grape Vine – A reminder…

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For more google Tippi Degré and see all the wonderful images.

Or watch…


“Follow Me” by Murad Osmann.

The man who was led round the world by his girlfriend.  

muradDon’t feel like you can’t contribute… Share your images with the world.

BUT let’s not forget…

Mica Angela Hendricks

for her collaborative work with her four year old daughter.


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On the 1st day of December 2014 a fundraising collective was held at frontlineclub in Paddington, London.  Aimed to keep awareness of the conflict in Syria present in the UK and raise funds in response to a depletion (now suspension) of food aid from The UN due to low funds; the event inspired attendees to raise continued support.
Host to artists responding to the crisis their nation faces artinconflict/art-in-conflict-at-the-frontline-club produced an informative evening that moved everyone who came.

Artists including political cartoons from Nabil Abou Hamad, contemporary suffices from Tarek Tuma, and photographs from Vice News photographer Frederick Paxton.
The most striking images from the evening presentation came from the hands of children four years of age; born into the world, to their country, at a time of war, the images below demonstrate the only life they have known.

What may first appear to be the classic happy homes picture that many will remember drawing as a child is in fact…
syrian artworkLoaded with armor, tanks and blood stained shirts this is the reality the children of Syria face; their early years of life subjected to the mind numming sound of bombs and the constant firing hum of artillery.

Watch out for more talks to and art exhibitions with and see how else you can support the crisis over seas by seeing what else is going on at The Front Line Club.

(If you read this and want to give a quick helping hand then TEXT HAT £3 to 70111).

Small Publishers Fair – Annual Event – Conway Hall

                                           Herman de Vries Exhibition – main feat. at The Small Publishers Fair


A man of inspiration and a whole room of other inspiring people at The Annual Small Publishers Fair.  An event which took place in 2014 on friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of November, provoked inspired onlookers to get producing art and share their stories with the world!
Although Hermes de Vries is sadly no longer with us producing his art and sharing his love, his dear friend Peter Foolan was there to exhibit his work and share his love of life.  The Dutch artists’ joy for the natural world emanates throughout their work and is a strong reminder for what’s real and beautiful in this world. 

The Cogs of the Industry

artful-dodger-disclosure1Behind every great band there is is an artful dodger.  The pluggers. The people who will save good bands from slipping down the drain; those who will use their skills and contacts to get great sounds heard. Despite the tragic fate press are posting about the future of record labels, due to social media, artists still need helping hands ~ those vines to swing from!  It’s harder to pave your own way.  Whilst social media has meant artists are appealing directly to their fans to manage their publicity, they don’t have time to do everything.  There are still opportunities to work in this industry but you need to GET OUT THERE!

CONNECT:  Attended my first industry talk in Covent Garden, London.  Organised by George Taylor – Director of My Event Bucket.

The main speaker Tony Michaelides was there to share his stories and offer encouragement to those breaking into the business. If you want to hear about road tripping with Bono and his insights into what has been a lifetime career with the biggest influences in music then watch a similar talk of his in the US…

“Look guys.  I can get you in here because of who I know.  Only you can get yourselves back here because of who you are”.  Michaelides

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