Another week done in the somewhereto_ Boxpark pop-up shop and true to form this week has been as diverse and exciting as we’ve come to expect! Just ask young shop managers Laura Frood and Misha Meghna…
The week started off with a bang with young fashion designer Arsalan Khalily of Diam Clothing drawing in the crowds, all dying to snap up pieces from his latest collection. Keep an eye on this one; a real superstar in the making!
Wednesday saw our first installation of the month courtesy of the very talented Alice Woods. Her striking pieces invite the viewer to think about technology in the modern world and to question its role within our own lives. We also saw an exhibition from Emma Nabrynjd - a photography student at Central Saint Martins. Her images from a disposable camera were a beautiful and abstract exploration of light.
Thursday was foodie day! We had divine nut butters from Pip and Nut - not only absolutely delicious but all free from additives. Our personal favourite was the maple nut butter! To quench our thirst after a long day we had natural lemonades from Square Root London - the dynamic duo Ed and Robyn were a joy to work with and even had us dancing in the shop!
We then closed the week with urban stylings from fashion trio Something About Elizabeth. They transformed our space into a funky, urban fashion store and with complimentary work from artist Che Kumar our store was looking ready for the weekend.
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From September 30, incredible young talents, Threads TV and somewhereto_ re:store [the high street heist] will takeover Boxpark Shoreditch. Unit 32 will be entirely run by young creatives and entrepreneurs, who will be showcasing their work and skills.
The unit will have different amazing events including arts, pop-up markets and shops, fashion, workshops and even live radio shows for the four week heist. It’s the perfect place for the curious-minded looking to support the original and fierce capability of this generation.
You are invited to join us for a month of inspirational and eclectic creativity in our unit FOR FREE. Bring friends - the more, the merrier.
Below are the exact details of the month:
- 30th September: YouTuber and blogger Pretty Sickly will be styling people.
- 1st - 2nd October: Designer House of Acid with artist Sarah Holt, art and 90s clothes sales.
- 3rd - 5th October: Crazivity pop-up gallery and shop. We hear there may be free drinks on the launch.
- 6th October: Edifeye will host a live radio show straight from our unit, with many bands and DJs.
- 7th - 8th October: Floristry workshop run by Impossibly Curious.
- 9th October: Tea mixology workshop and pop-up shop by Blue Bird Tea Co and Impossibly Curious’s floristry workshop.
- 10th October: Floristry workshop by Impossibly Curious.
- 11th October: Tea mixology workshop and pop-up shop by Blue Bird Tea Co and Impossibly Curious’s floristry workshop.
- 12th October: Pop-up fashion and showcase store by Diam Clothing.
- 13th October: Edifeye London’s live radio show and pop-up fashion and showcase store by Diam Clothing.
- 14th - 15th October: Emma Nabridnyj’s photo exhibition and pop-up fashion and showcase store by Diam Clothing.
- 16th October: Central Saint Martins Artists and Alice display and Emma Nabridnyj’s photo exhibition.
- 17th October: Pip and Nut, all natural nut butters pop-up and Emma Nabridnyj’s photo exhibition.
- 18th October: Pop-up shop by brand Something About Elizabeth and ethnic designs by Tamie Shepherd
- 19th - 20th October: Art by Che Kumar and pop-up shop by Something About Elizabeth
- 21st - 26th October: The Free Yard Market with Esoteric London and art showcase by Edmond Brookes
- 27th October: Edifeye’s live radio show and Blue Bird Tea Co. tea mixology workshop
- 28th - 29th October: Mike Driver, collective art showcase.
somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) was a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.
We put disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that benefited their future ambitions as well as revamped the high street and engaged local communities.
Find a FREE space with somewhereto_ to make your ideas come to life here
Rich Mix in Shoreditch is opening its doors to young people for a summer takeover! To complete a programme of evening entertainment, Rich Mix is unlocking 6 spaces in the Main Space exclusively for somewhereto_ young people and their projects throughout August. If you are burning to bring your performance to a large, staged venue in East London this summer then this is the space for you!
Rich Mix will be hosting daytime workshops, classes, master-classes, open rehearsals, seminars and talks – all focused on the artistic genres they programme. This will include art, music, theatre, dance, spoken word, visual arts and film. The aim is to give you the chance to work directly with professional artists and arts organisation, find out more about working in the arts or develop your own events and of course have doing what you love.
To apply, please send the following details to Hatty at AVGC@somewhereto.org
Proposal: Please tell us, in no more than 250 words, what you would like to do with the space, what sort of technical assistance you require and why your event would work well as part of Rich Mix’s programme
Successful candidates will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel at Rich Mix on Monday 20th May, 4-6PM
somewhereto_ filled Hanbury Hall in East London with designs and hand crafted products of all sorts! Read here about what happened, who was there and how you can get involved too!
"The hall was filled with the bustle of curious customers throughout the weekend, admiring and sampling the goods on offer." Ailish - somewhereto_ young person
what is the Pop-Up Department Store?
21 budding designers and creatives transformed Hanbury Hall into a quirky space to sell the latest designs and crafts. The Pop-Up Department Store in East London opened its doors on the 17-18 November 2012 to invite shoppers to contribute to the famous retail scene and kick-start our young people’s projects.
how did the Pop-Up Department Store get started?
In advance of the event itself, we invited traders to attend a day of training to boost their professional development skills. Kindly hosted in a somewhereto_ space at The Museum of London, the workshop was led by EJ Trivett – a drama practitioner who specialises in working with young entrepreneurs. She delivered five hours of… want to read more? Click here!
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Our fingers and toes are still tingling from all the excitement at the weekend! Did you make it down to The Pop-Up Department Store?
21 budding designers and creative transformed Hanbury Hall into a quirky space to sell the latest designs and crafts. The Pop-Up Department Store in East London opened its doors on the 17-18 November 2012 to invite shoppers to contribute to the famous retail scene and kick-start our young people’s projects.
In advance of the event itself, we invited traders to attend a day of training to boost their professional development skills. Kindly hosted in a somewhereto_ space at The Museum of London, the workshop was led by EJ Trivett – a drama practitioner who specialises in working with young entrepreneurs. She delivered five hours of drama-fuelled exercises including a 30 second elevator pitch session, blogging basics, networking and marketing myths and miracles. By the end of the day, we were all bouncing off the walls with excitement and plans for the pop-up.
Within hours, one young person had taken the initiative to set up a Facebook group that every trader joined and shared ideas on. The commitment and team spirit was what struck me the most – it was exciting to see the project gain an unexpected momentum.
Our young people were then able to use their skills and expertise to create a cohesive space that took the shape of a department store in Hanbury Hall. The five departments were all defined by Interior Design graduate Hannah Cackett’s, bespoke signs. These were jewellery, clothing, interiors, cosmetics and graphics. Shoppers were particularly happy to shelter from the cold and rain to sample a hot infusion from Blue Bird Tea Co. and have a go at knitting with giant needles at Stitch and Story next door!
From 10am on Saturday, there was a steady flow of people through the door. Sarah Corrigan, a jewellery designer described the weekend as ‘by far the most successful event I’ve traded at’. The pop-up has certainly got us thinking about other collaborative opportunities for future projects. Watch this space!
Are you a young person in the UK who wants to join the hundreds of other young people getting a space of their very own? You definitely need to contact us then!
Roll up, roll up! somewhereto_ has an important announcement to make: somewhereto_’s first Pop-Up Department Store is coming to London. Here are the details. Do come and say hello…
Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields will play host to London’s first Pop-Up Department Store! In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Pop-Up Department Store will be a creative space for budding artists to exhibit, showcase and sell their crafts.
The store will feature 20 promising designers, creatives and artists from networks across the UK, who have come together to collaboratively produce a weekend where they can showcase their work in an area famous for its quirky markets.
Come and revel at the transformed Hanbury Hall, as it has been morphed into a compact shopping experience boasting jewellery, clothing, natural cosmetics, handmade yarns and more. Prepare to enter a space that teases purses but at the same time celebrates the latest in ornate crafts and innovative design by some of the most exciting young talent in the capital!
Happy Monday somewhereto_ crew, hope you all had spiffing weekend!
Apologies, here at somewhereto_ HQ we have take to speaking like its 1932…just to jazz up the day as we find you somewhereto_ do your thing…
Speaking of which, if you require somewhereto_ rehearse, exhibit, perform, perhaps even screen a film, then once again we have the perfect space for you! Then you should to check out Press Play House in East London. Its a wonderful spacious location with high ceilings that can hold up to 250 people and is available daily from 10 am to 11pm!
So what you waiting for? Find out more about this space here.
Don’t forget that we have hundreds of spaces just waiting for you to come and do your thing, check them out here.
somewhereto_ LDN has been working closely with Rich Mix, a Mecca for up-and-coming artistic talent in East London, to get our young people doing the things they love.
We want to share three diverse projects which happened at the Rich Mix venue in January that really showcase the opportunities presented by just one empty space.
Continental Operations is a nomadic art gallery which exhibits in unusual spaces across London. The gallery aims to show the work of exciting emerging artists and favours experimental exhibition formats in temporary locations. With this in mind, Gallery Director Christopher Lawrence wanted to find somewhereto_ stage Continental Operations Gallery’s first exhibition and felt the synergy with the somewhereto_ project was idea.
We secured Rich Mix’s Cafe Gallery for the exhibition, a space more than perfect for the job. The private view drew in a great crowd and Continental Operations will feature in somewhereto_ LDN’s project showcase in March of this year.
The BluMile Launch Party
The Blu Mile is a new and original concept born from the minds of two innovative Londoners (Blu Evans and Miles Fleming), who share a relentless passion for music, culture and fashion. From humble blog origins where they posted images of their favourite footwear and views on all things eclectic, the boys are now authorities on “what’s fresh” and their site receives over 7000 views per month. To mark their recent move to a new online domain, their collaboration with New Era Caps and everything great happening to them right now, Blu and Miles sought out somewhereto_ host a free launch party for their network and followers. A vibrant evening with performances from musicians, poets, dancers and contemporary artists, guests could meet the guys in the flesh and watch Blu cut his hair to raise money for the Sickle Cell Society.
Benefiting from a venue in the heart of Shoreditch, hundreds attended the launch and meant The Blue Mile saw in the new year in style. The boys already want to host other showcase events with the help of somewhereto_ and Rich Mix and felt January’s event went ‘brilliantly’.
Alleyway Daydream premier by Macabra Productions
Independent filmmakers Dirmitri Vassiliadis and Daniel Isebor founded Macabra Productions to re-establish the independent film industry and create a community-orientated atmosphere for young filmmakers. Having produced their first short film Alleyway Daydream in 2011, Dirmitri and Daniel approached somewhereto_ to find the perfect venue for their premier.
The film is inspired by a time in their own lives where they were short of things to do and is a dark, edgy project focused on characters unable to transform their lives. Unlike these characters though and thanks to the somewhereto_ project, these young filmmakers were able to access the prestigious Rich Mix venue. Around 80 people attended the premier, which began with a generous session of networking over champagne and millionaire shortbreads. The somewhereto_ project has provided a great platform for Daniel and Dirmitri to grow Macabra productions and create a network around their surrealist films. Daniel told us that the premier went ‘better than expected’ and that it ‘couldn’t have happened without the help of somewhereto_ and Rich Mix’.
Feel inspired? Get in touch with us and find somewhereto_do the thing you love!