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Arts & Culture

Steeped in creativity, East London inspires the cultured soul. Check here for a mix of artists leading the way as well the up and coming…

Eastender - George Gladwell

Eastender – George Gladwell

For many, George Gladwell is Columbia Road Flower Market. He tells E1 Life how he never gets despondent if he’s surrounded by his flowers and why you can’t beat a good old pansy You’ve been here for 70 years now. How did you first get…

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Feel the fear

Feel the fear

Writer, illustrator and educator Alice Stevenson is no stranger to fear. She advises how to channel that inner panic and use it for the good Fearless is not an adjective I would use to describe myself. I have worked as a freelance illustrator and, more…

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Portrait of the artist

Hackney Wick-based artist Ant Carver started out as a graffiti artist before specialising in portraiture. He tells us about his roots, his heroes and his biggest dreams What inspired you to become an artist? I’ve always been interested in art, but it wasn’t until I…

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CREATIVE THINKING

The Tattoo Collective returns to Brick Lane 17th-18th March for a buzzing weekend celebrating the best of British and Irish tattoo art This unique tattoo convention will host 150 of the finest tattoo artists from selected studios within Britain and Ireland. Some of the biggest…

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Design for life

Contemporary montage illustrator, Patrick Boyer, shares his dreams, aspirations and little black book. What inspired you to become a designer?I never really intended to become a designer. I just happen to have gravitated towards design through photography and odd creative jobs. What’s the most fascinating…

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George Michael

Gorgeous George

Last Christmas, the news broke our hearts. This year, we’re saving our tears to remember someone special: George Michael, singer, song writer, philanthropist and free spirit. By Alex Larman The only time I ever saw George Michael in the flesh was at once surprising and…

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Zebra Art

Zebr…art

Zebr…art Established in 1976, Hampstead’s Zebra One Gallery has featured works by some truly remarkable artists, from Picasso to Andy Warhol, becoming one of  London’s leading destinations for contemporary art in the process. Rosie Coxshaw caught up with Gabrielle Du Plooy, the creative soul behind Zebra One Gallery… Can…

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Artistic Endeavours

Nowhere packs in the artistic talent like the East End, where creativity flourishes in all sorts of interesting and unusual guises. But whatever way these individuals choose to express themselves, they all have one thing in common – they are utterly devoted to what they…

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Back in the day 3

For a taste of East End life in the late 40s and early 50s Nigel Henderson’s evocative images speak louder than words Nigel Henderson was an artist and photographer whose work had a profound influence on British art in the 50s and 60s. He was…

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Saving the East

Saving the East

Historic spaces are ripe for rescue and refurbishment – if you can save them in time. Three campaigners reveal how it can be done. WORDS BY ED GIBBS   in 2015, its illustrious past as a purpose-built single-screen cinema had long been forgotten. Built in…

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