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Talk: Métier, Small Businesses in London / Thursday 30 January 2014, 7 – 8.30pm

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Thursday 30 January 2014, 7 – 8.30pm
Talk: Métier, Small Businesses in London

In conversation with Laura Braun, Dawn Lyon and Karen McQuaid

Métier, small businesses in London, is a book by photographer Laura Braun about small-scale independent and specialist businesses in London and the people who run them. In a time when the high-streets of London are taking on a more and more corporate character, this book about independent traders offers an unusual and interesting perspective on this city and an insight into the working lives of people who strongly identify with their occupation. Over 6 years Laura Braun slowly added to this collection of portraits and interior photographs of very individual London businesses. Her subjects are people with fascinating lives shaped by their longterm involvement with their line of work and business. The spaces they work in reveal interesting details about the persons inhabiting them and the work they do.

Laura will be talking to sociologist Dawn Lyon and photography curator Karen McQuaid about the project and the making of the book.

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January 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

Launch of To Have and To Hold Issue 4 / Wednesday 29 January 2014, 7 – 9pm

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Wednesday 29 January 2014, 7 – 9pm
Launch of To Have and To Hold Issue 4 Expanded 

Issue 4 of To Have and To Hold took over 15 years to make, please join us in this joyous occasion to mark its debut to the reading masses. This issue was made by nuns living in the remote reaches of the steppe of Russia, using handmade inks from the local landscape, giving its special colourful glean. To celebrate its publication, the nuns handpicked the best artists from around the world to expand on their contributions from this issue. Expect an evening of art and stuff.


Adrien Aldihni
Kirsty Buchanan
Diana Duta,
Ian Giles,
Anouchka Oler,
Grace Morgan Pardo,
AnnaMaria Pinaka
Deniz Unal

Issue 4 features work from Adrien Aldihni, Kirsty Buchanan, Olivia Dunbar, Diana Duta, Ian Giles, Anna Karolina Hagnefur, Inge Hoonte, Anouchka Oler, Grace Morgan Pardo, AnnaMaria Pinaka, Miho Shimizu, Irina Silviu Szekely and Deniz Unal. Edited by Deniz Unal, guest edited by AnnaMaria Pinaka


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January 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

The Postcard is a Public Work of Art

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Leo Davey. My Head Hurts  [2013]

The Postcard is a Public Work of Art
Exhibition of artists’ postcards
23 January to 1 March 2014
Exhibition open Thursday – Saturday, 11 – 6pm

Postcards by sixty artists based in Britain, the majority newly made for this exhibition.
Curated and catalogued by Jeremy Cooper.

Åbäke, David Bellingham, John Bevis, George Blair, David Blamey, James Brooks, Lewis Chaplin, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Patrick Coyle, Simon Cutts, Leo Davey, Tim Davies, Arnaud Desjardin, Karen Di Franco, Daniel Eatock, Ruth Ewan and Dan Griffiths, Jacky Fleming, Ryan Gander, Cristina Garrido, Paul Greenleaf, Mark Harfield, Gabriel Hartley, Juliet Haysom, Tony Hayward, Tim Head, Susan Hiller, Georgie Hopton, Dean Hughes, Juneau Projects, Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips, Alan Kitching, Sharon Kivland, Helen Knight, Michael Leigh, Rebecca Loweth, Sara MacKillop, Elizabeth Magill, Imi Maufe, Hansjörg Mayer, Elizabeth McAlpine, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Jonathan Monk, Paul Morton, Andy Parker, Mark Pawson, Georgina Potier, Ruth Proctor, Frances Richardson, Robert Richardson, Molly Rooke, Colin Sackett, Sarah Staton, Holly Stevenson, Peter Sylveire, Erica Van Horn, Nick Wadley, Stuart Whipps, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Duncan Wooldridge

The purpose of an artist’s postcard is to express an idea, aesthetic and intellectual, specifically and exclusively in the form of a postcard, that could be actually postable, even when made of wood, or bone, or steel. The exhibits are not merely postcard-sized paintings, but instead they engage individually with the form and purpose of the postcard.  The exhibition’s title ‘The Postcard is a Public Work of Art’ is taken, with the approval of both artists, from a postcard of 1996 designed by Simon Cutts and printed by David Bellingham at his Glasgow imprint WAX366.


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January 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

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X Marks the Bökship Open Friday and Saturday 12 – 6pm

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January 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

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London Launch of L.I.E LISTS OF TEN BOOKS / Saturday 11th January 2014, 6 – 9pm

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London Launch of L.I.E LISTS OF TEN BOOKS
Saturday 11th January 2014, 6 – 9pm

Since 2011, Library of Independent Exchange (L.I.E) have been inviting key proponents of ‘the book’ to submit a list of ten important titles that form part of their personal book collections.

The book includes 20 contributions from Ed Ruscha, Katrina Brown, New Jerseyy, Olivia Plender, Charlotte Cheetham, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jem Southam, Jeff Eaton, Benjamin Sommerhalder, Lionel Bovier, James Jenkin, OMMU, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Layla Tweedie-Cullen, Jeremy Millar, Alec Finlay, Fraser Muggeridge, Torpedo Press, An Endless Supply, Axel Wieder.

First edition of 100 copies. Printed in London by Hato Press.

Price: £7 (including a copy of L.I.E Notes Introduction)

100% of all profit goes back into the project. L.I.E is a non-for-profit project.


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January 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

‘I’ve Never Read Her ‘ Book Club: Language and Gender

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‘I’ve Never Read Her ‘ Book Club Reading Short Fiction and Essays by Women
Meeting Wednesday 8 January 2014, 7pm. All welcome.
Reading four short extracts relating to Language and Gender, see attached PDF.

The question of gender in literary texts has been approached by linguists in two different ways. The first involves a comparison of the fiction created by male and female authors and is typified by the search for “the female sentence” or a specifically female style of writing. The second involves a study of the uses to which the linguistic gender system of different languages has been put in literary works. In the former, gender is seen as a cultural property of the author, in the latter, a morphological property of the text. A third perspective on language and gender in literary texts is provided by translators and trans- lation theorists. Translation theorists typically view a text as expressive of a particular time and place as well as being expressed in a particular language. The differences between source and target language may be accompanied by differences in culture and period, thus translators often work with both morphological gender and cultural gender.


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January 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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