Want to experience the cutting edge of contemporary art? Do you have a Saturday to spare any time soon?
Head to the East End of London and prepare for a feast of energetic, contemporary creativity. From the Cell Project Space on Cambridge Heath Road – curating solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists such as Alistair Frost, Juliana Huxtable and Pierre Klossowski, as well as renting out sought-after local studio space – to the Queen of Hoxton at Shoreditch – serving up live music and DJs, art installations/exhibitions and even theatre and film screenings – heady and vibrant innovation awaits your diverted gaze.
Take a walk along Kingsland Road, and you’ll find examples of historical interior design curated at the Geffrye Museum – a converted 18th-Century almshouse. Rooms throughout are set up to show how Londoners styled their homes from the 17th Century onwards.
One can’t head into the East End on an art binge without taking in the vast – and world-reknowned – local markets. Spitalfields – archaic home to French silk weavers in centuries gone by – boasts works from fledgling designers, from t-shirts to bags, jewellery to jackets. Meanwhile Columbia Road Flower Market features over 60 shops, including art galleries and antique shops.
Tired souls can refresh at Boundary Restaurant and Bar, Terence Conran’s French restaurant in the basement of the legendary designer’s converted Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch.
[Credits: www.cellprojects.org; www.queenofhoxton.com; www.geffrye-museum.org.uk; www.spitalfields.co.uk; www.columbiaroad.info/flowermarket; www.theboundary.co.uk]