Friday, 20 February 2009

Stock @ The Emporium (26th Feb-14th Mar)

'STOCK' is a photography exhibition by Uk-based photographers Ollie Harrop and Billy Macrae, documenting two communities that exist on the fringes of society in London.

Location: The Emporium, 37 Stokes Croft, BS1 3PY

The doors will be open at 6pm on Thursday the 26th of Feb.
The show will run daily from the 27th of Feb until the 13th of March.


‘All that Glitters is Gold’…

Is an ongoing documentary project focussing on a community located in a block of Victorian houses situated in the heart of New Cross, London. The block is owned by Goldsmiths College, who over the last decade have turned a blind eye to a group of artists, fashion designers and activists occupying the buildings, setting up cafés, studios and shops. Eviction of the block has been muted for over a year now, and as it stands, Goldsmiths will be demolishing the buildings in October 2009.

I decided to begin shooting the project as soon as I heard the news that Goldsmiths were pushing to evict the community in late 2007. Eight years ago I was studying at the college, and in my spare time would help organise parties in the buildings and socialise with some of the inhabitants. Pransgta costumiers had been trading for 3 years by then, and by 2004 the community had grown to over 30 inhabitants. Numerous cafes, three clothes shops, and countless gigs and parties have occurred there over the last decade. In its various incarnations, the block has been an influential though controversial part of New Cross.

Goldsmiths College have been trying to obtain planning permission to turn the buildings into campus studios, gallery space and a café for a number of years. The creativity that expresses itself in the spaces has therefore always felt temporary, both due to the fear of eviction and the unpredictable nature of a community in flux. Café Crema and Prangsta are still trading, albeit now as official tenants of the college, and they stand to move on at the end of 2009. Rubbish and Nasty closed down this summer, due to fire and safety worries, and another designer has since moved into a separate shop front.

I sensed the community was about to fragment, and had a strong urge to record the process from the inside in a positive manner before the situation became more complicated. The project represents my personal view of what has occurred there, focussing on how the space reflects the raw creativity of its inhabitants.

Ollie Harrop, 2009

‘Moments of Protest’ …

Is an ongoing project my Billy Macrae, which takes as its subject matter the activist community in London.

Inspired by meetings with Activists in Asia, Billy Macrae returned from a long journey in 2007 with the urge to turn his camera upon his fellow Londoners. The project is an attempt to explore what motivates people in the capital to get involved with activism in their spare time.

“Why do people take to the streets in passionate protest, in a city whose citizens have everything they could ask for?”

Billy Macrae, 2009

The Emporium - A free radical community space

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Magpie exhibit still Going, Lulu's Exhibit opens on Fri 13th Feb.

The Magpie exhibition is still up and running, open from mid afternoon till around 10pm every week day so get on down!

On Friday the 13th of February a new exhibition will be opening from Lulu!

LuLu Exhibition
Friday 13th Feb
7-30 til Late
The Emporium 37 Stokes Croft BS1 3PY

Open onwards: 14th Feb - 20th Feb 10.00 - 1pm 2 - 8pm

LuLu, in association with Fourth Wall Creations and Avalaan is exhibiting her surreal and fantastical sculpture and artwork. Live eerie music from Sarah Joy and other acoustic sets as well as grime, dubstep and breakbeat sets from Smokelife, DJ Whatnot and Trufflehunter, LuLu's first Bristol based exhibition will be a mash of eerie tunes and mysterious artwork.

LuLu's eclectic and Surreal mix of sculpture, painting and drawing reflects extracts from a self written story, contact her directly through her website or avalaan at

Fourth Wall Creations is a collective of artists, all working together to create fully immersive installations and spaces for exhibitions, festivals, public and urban art regeneration projects; specialising in community engagement and sustainability. and