BL-NK; bigger, better and we are raring to go!

Exciting few weeks ahead for the Cube Space team!  We are raring and ready to go with the next chapter for BL-NK at it's new Shoreditch home.

Set to open the doors finally on 7 September the new building is a unique, 4,500 SqFt mixed purpose urban-space.  Set over three floors it provides versatile and flexible event spaces, a relaxed & friendly café, first floor bar with roof terrace, gallery space and a number of smaller meeting rooms.

The relaxed and friendly café delivers on atmosphere and great coffee.  We will again be working with our partners Climpson & Son’s to bring the best barista made brews. Along with new foodie partners, a collaboration of three friends that met and worked together at CRATE Brewery, they will be providing vibrant menus from locally sourced produce to the café, first floor bar as well as the client & in house events taking place.

Billed to be one of Hackney’s hidden gems, the first floor bar will be open daily till midnight.  Keeping it local we will be serving up several craft beers including partners CRATE Brewery and regular guest beers.  For finer weather days there is also an amazing roof terrace!  We know where our summer office will be!!

The first floor will also be home to a digital art gallery, showcasing work with close ties to the area that uses technology as its intrinsic material and to reach global audiences. 

To find out more about being a part of this great project through Sponsorship and Business Membership or to hire the space for your next event please get in touch with one of the team at info@bl-nk.org.

To celebrate the opening we would love you to join us for the BL-NK is back launch party! powered by Hackney on Wednesday 16 September from 6pm.  RSVP via Eventbrite here....

 

Lu Kemp: Have Your Circumstances Changed? (2015)

FADSHub & Cafe has been completely taken over for the month of June by Artangel and transformed into an exciting and thought provoking project.

Have Your Circumstances Changed? Is a triptych of performance duets showing the intimate routine of an older man’s daily life.  Running from 3 - 28 June 2015 in the evening and weekends. 

About the project:

15-minute performances by director Lu Kemp, with older men from Islington and collaborators Elena Peña, Cis O'Boyle, Ben Lewis and Jamie Vartan. 

Have Your Circumstances Changed? is a is funny, dark and problematic set of theatrical duets between an ageing man and a growing boy. Developed through collaboration led by Lu Kemp with older men in Islington, these performances will confront passers-by with the intimate routine of an older man’s daily life. The choreography of their everyday actions questions the quality and responsibility of care within contemporary society.

Taking place in three domestic settings, kitchen, living room and bathroom, Have Your Circumstances Changed? raises broader questions about human vulnerability as more of us live longer and need to adapt to the challenges of daily life – at a time when we are at our least adaptable. And who has the responsibility of care in this extending period of life?

Book your place to see Have Your Circumstances Changed? now. To offer the opportunity of experiencing the work to as wide an audience as possible Artangel are operating a 'pay what you can' policy, with a suggested donation of £12 to secure your place to see all three performances.

You can book through Eventbrite click here.    A limited number of tickets for each individual element will be available on the door daily, on a first-come first-served basis.

Have Your Circumstances Changed? is a project developed by Artangel in partnership with Age UK Islington, St Luke’s Community Centre, Central Cookery School, and Vital Arts. Supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, co-produced by Islington Council for the Word Festival.

About Artangel:

Artangel are based in London but working across Britain and beyond, they commission and produce exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

About the Artist:

Lu is an award-winning theatre director and dramaturg, working across new writing, devised theatre and dance. Recent work includes Bondagers for the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh: '...as brilliantly hellish an evocation of modern slave labour as I have ever witnessed in a theatre' The Sunday Herald; and Titus which won the Victor Award at IPAY 2015 in the USA and continues to tour internationally: 'clarity and force... a completely compelling piece of theatre' The Scotsman. Lu is associate artist for Inspector Sands, for whom she directed Mass Observation and If That’s All There Is. She will direct The Lounge, a new piece about our attitudes to aging, for them in 2016. Lu trained on the LEM at Lecoq, Paris, and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, New York.

Have Your Circumstances Changed?

Girdlestone 3rd Age Group Artists Show Case at FADS Hub & Cafe Archway

Cube Space is delighted to be hosting a private view displaying works by the Girdlestone Art Group working with Cubitt artist Darren Marshall at FADS Hub & Cafe on Thursday 14 May.  The project is a shining example of the great contributions for/by the local Archway community.

The Girdlestone Art Group was established in 2013 by Daniel Baker, Cubitt’s  Education Co-Director and Liza Durrant, Community & Service Development Officer, Islington Council as an opportunity for members of the local community around Archway to participate in varied art projects with a professional artist.

The group meet at Girdlestone Community Centre once a week and over biscuits and cups of tea, set about making collages, paintings, murals, sculptures and all manner of artistic endeavours. 

Since it’s beginning the group has worked with Cubitt artist Darren Marshall. Originally comprising of only two or three members, word slowly but surely spread and the group has grown to become the lively, happy centre of creativity that it now is! 

The project aims to add extra value, enhancing the lives of people living on the Girdlestone Estate, by providing the opportunity to try and develop new making skills, as well as sharing and strengthening creative ideas.

This exhibition celebrates the work produced during these workshops and showcases the participants’ own creative practice.

Cubitt is an artist-run charitable cooperative in Islington, London. It delivers its mission through a gallery providing unique development opportunities for curators, a large-scale grassroots education and community programme and the provision of affordable artist studios. Since its founding in 1991, Cubitt has grown into an internationally respected centre for artistic practice, curating and education.

Cubitt’s Education programme was established with the aim of developing long-term projects that emerge from and meet local needs. Cubitt Education now operates a large network of regular artist-led activities in local schools, community centres and youth settings. It’s work aims to support social cohesion, break down barriers to participation and support individuals to live culturally rich and socially fulfilled lives.

For further information on Cubitt Education visit http://cubittartists.org.uk and for Girdlestone Art Group see their blog http://girdlestoneart.blogspot.co.uk

 

Cubitt Artist Darren Marshall

BL-NK moves to Curtain Road for new adventures.... come join us!

After an exciting & successful 15 months with BL-NK on East Road we have officially closed the doors on our East Road location and the demolition team are in.  Our amazing partners at Hackney Council Regeneration Delivery came up trumps and for Christmas delivered news of new & outstanding location for BL-NK for at least the next 2 years. 

The demolition has been done and the refit is due to start any day! The official BL-NK launch in Curtain Road is still to be confirmed but the end of March is the big goal...  

Watch this space for updates, photos & any big news on some exciting partnerships that are in the pipeline!

In the meantime we have a great opportunity to be a part of what is set to be one of the key openings of 2015!  BL-NK Business Memberships will enable companies to take advantage of this stunning venue, gain entry to a range of digital art shows, seminars, conferences and events as well as benefits on using the space for your daily meeting or event requirements.

Heres the deal:

2012 saw the launch of Hackney House - a stunning and unusual 10,000 Sq. ft. urban pop-up space in Hackney's Shoreditch district.  Created to act as a hub for new investment to Hackney and East London and to support local businesses with their plans for growth – the pop-up venue hosted creatively inspired events showcasing the innovative and pioneering talent of the area.
 
Following on from that success the London Borough of Hackney created an exceptional semi-permanent space - BL-NK – a stage for Hackney to continue celebrating and supporting what is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting creative, cultural, commercial and technological clusters in Europe, if not the world.
We now have a new venue to continue the work started at East Road with our mission remaining to take every opportunity to showcase Hackney’s business community, especially across our design, tech and creative sectors, with an aim of generating working links, new contracts, open up new markets and to present the area and our business sectors on the world stage as a business investment and partnership destination.
 
The BL-NK Business Membership is a cost effective way for businesses to have a
corporate presence at Shoreditch’s most innovative business and investment pop-up space.
 
The membership will enable you to take advantage of this stunning venue, gain entry to a range of digital art shows, seminars, conferences and events.
Last year BL-NK attracted some 40,000 visitors to product launches, seminars, networking events and social occasions.  With Hackney House events continuing to play an important part in attracting key players and business leaders to the venue:

The return of Hackney House and BL-NK to a new Shoreditch location is eagerly anticipated and will be one of the key openings of 2015.

 
Benefits

• Full access to BL-NK funded events
• Access to BL-NK café and free WIFI during weekdays
• Access to all Hackney House Events
• Company Logo on the Business Membership page of the website and on site members logo board
 
Cost
Membership Price £1500.00 + vat

In the first instance please email mel.sperryn@cube-space.co.uk if you are interested or wish to discuss further.

Barista Academy graduates get awarded at FADS

Following three rounds of our successful Barista Training Academy with Coffea Arabica at FADS Hub in Archway, our amazing, local Islington community candidates Javier, Grace, Amina, Barney, Carla, Tim & Amelia were all presented with their ‘Barista Certificates’ on Thursday 20 November 14 by Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts.

 The intensive Training Academy provided by Daisy Rollo of Coffea Arabica, who has worked with the London School of Coffee for 7 years as a lead trainer, is part of our ongoing work at FADS, the community hub & space within the Hill House development project in Archway. Two full days of training followed by a complete assessment will enable our candidates to secure jobs in the coffee & cafe industry.

 On the first day candidates learn about the origins, cultivation, processing, roasting and the perfect extraction. Then look at milk texturing followed by the menu and how to deliver each of these drinks and finally finish by equipment cleaning and maintenance.

 The second day is a practical day where candidates are delivering drinks to customers at the FADS coffee bar, looking particularly at quality and consistency. After the training and further days experience working in FADS cafe they will be assessed and receive a Barista certificate.

 

And staying with coffee:

 Having developed partnerships with other amazing companies in this fashionable industry including Climpson & Sons for our coffee and La Marzocco UK who supply our machines we delighted to bring to BL-NK in Old Street La Marzocco’s ‘Out of the Box’.

 The La Marzocco UK event will shine a light on the coffee industry with interactive workshops, Q&A panels with industry leaders, the UK latte art championships plus live music, craft beers, street food and more! 

 You can register to attend Out of the Box at:  http://lmconnect.co.uk/ootb/form.asp?j=3112

Click below image to see gallery images

Seeing I : 28 days living only through virtual reality

Artist Mark Farid

Through our work at BL-NK in Old Street we very often get introduced to people doing extraordinary and creative things.  We delighted to be hosting the launch of a kickstarter funding campaign for Seeing I with artist Mark Farid & Arebyte Gallery on Monday 17 November. 

About the Seeing I project

For 24 hours a day for 28 days, artist Mark Farid will wear virtual reality glasses through which he will experience life through another person’s eyes and ears; who for this project will be known as the Input.

Mark has had no previous relationship with this person; he is only aware that the Input is a heterosexual male, who is in a relationship. The Input is required to wear a pair of glasses that covertly capture audio and video in an 180-degree field of view. Mark will inhabit a space consisting of a bed, a toilet and shower area that will be on constant display to the audience.

There was also be a projection on display, so that the audience can see what Mark is seeing. For one hour, once the Input goes to sleep, Mark will be administered the care of a psychologist with special training in neuroscience, whilst still wearing the V.R. Glasses. During this time, the audience will be asked to leave.

This project delves into the post-modern psyche, asking exactly how much of the individual remains inherent and how large a portion of ourselves is a cultural identity. Over the course of the project, it will become apparent whether Mark will begin to lose his own sense of self, and start to inhabit the reality of the Input. With no one to validate any of Mark’s thoughts because he is unable to speak to anyone, will his only source of validation - the Input’s life – become the life which makes sense to Mark? Equally, this may not happen: he may entirely retain his sense of self and exist in a strange no man’s land between his own identity and the Input’s.

The findings, whatever they may ultimately be, will be compiled into a documentary featuring discussion on what has happened from relevant academics, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and artists.

The reason for initiating this project stems from an interest in how much of the individual is an inherent personality and how large a portion of the individual is a cultural identity.

Over the course of the 28 days, Mark will have no human interactions to act as reference points to validate any questions, desires or thoughts he may have. Will the lifestyle of the input start to influence Mark’s characteristics, such as his mannerisms, memory, and personality, and if so, to what extent? Without freewill to determine and shape who we are, will the notion of consciousness be enough to counteract this?

 

Artist: Mark Farid

Curator: Nimrod Vardi

Director: John Ingle

 

www.seeing-i.info

 

 

Colourful hub brightens up grey, desolate mall - FADs featured in Islington Gazette

Tim Sperryn of Cube Space

Tim Sperryn of Cube Space

We'd just like to share a recent article in the Islington Gazette with you about Cube Space. You'll find the copy below or you can read it in the Islington Gazette itself here.

Colourful hub brightens up grey, desolate Archway Mall

A grey, slightly desolate, often unloved patch of Archway is getting a new lease of life from colourful community hub.

Fads, based in the former carpet shop of the same name in Archway Mall, is a bid to inject some zip in the down-at-heel shopping plaza.

It’s the brainchild of developed Bode, who have bought the mall, the space behind the mall and Hill House, which towers over both spaces, and will be radically re-developing them over the coming years. 

But while the plans crawl their way through town hall corridors, rather than leave the area bereft,  they’ve decided to turn the vacant shop into a hub, offering training for the unemployed, pop-up food and film events and offering free rent for good causes.

Tim Sperryn, from Cube Space who are managing FADS on behalf of the developer, said; “Bode got in touch with me because I know the area and they wanted to grow it from the ground up. “It’s exciting because something is now going on somewhere that has been disused, and even a bit grim, for years.

“The initial idea was to show the community what was going on with the development without relying on a boring consultations, which always seem to attract a certain type of persons, whereas here we get people from all walks of life. “From there it grew into this hub, funded by Bode so we can put stuff on for next to nothing, and subsidise rent for people who want to use it.”

As well as monthly Barrista training for unemployed people from Islington, FADS has hosted art exhibitions and events - including seeing prestigious painter Pete Fowler decorate the walls – Lupus Awareness Day, Creative Islington events and children’s TV favourite Rastamouse as part of the Archway with Words Festival.

Already in the pipeline are food pop-ups, a potential Christmas bazaar and a oneman film show, in which a movie aficionado gives an talk and then screens a classic on an old projector. But the team are still keen to hear from local people with good ideas for the space.

“It sort of puts pressure back on community to get involved,” said Mr Sperryn.

“We’ve been getting all sorts of emails, from those wanting to do a domestic appliance repair hub, to people wanting to host an all night rave - we’re not going to do that one.

“September was a tricky month but now it’s getting busier and busier.

“We are careful not to take away from other business in the area, but any profit we do make is ploughed back in. “Basically Bode are funding the arts, which is rare.”

Fads is one of a number of projects that promise an interesting future for Archway, including the refurbishment of the tower, getting rid of the unloved gyratory, a new hotel and famous rock pub the Intrepid Fox taking over the Archway Tavern, in Archway Road.

Mr Sperryn said: “Just us doing the weeding and clearing the litter in the mall makes a big difference. “I hope we’re a bright spot in a slightly desolate concrete landscape.

“But in five years the area will have totally changed I think.

“There are so many possibilities and it’s a blank canvas.

“ I don’t want to sound naive but this seems all good news for the area.”

This article is also available online here.