I had the great pleasure to take part in this highly informative talk at the ICA with some super talented speakers. This symposium explores the diversity of creative responses to our changing urban environment – from street art and graffiti to yarn bombing and urban photography. The speakers will discuss creative connections to, material engagements with, and affective responses to, the urban environment, and the relevance of contemporary urban interventions to a critical understanding of the lived city. The programme brings together leading contemporary researchers, curators, artists and photographers in the field of urban creativity. Olly Walker: The Fight for London’s Streets Is London is losing its place as the global center of urban/street art? Once seen as the most vibrant and creative city in the world, London is now struggling to find investment in spaces to paint and thus to attract artists and interact with local communities.
October 24, 2016, ICA – Symposium: Art on the Streets
A Group Show Featuring Benjamin Murphy, Skeleton Cardboard, Wildcat Will and Zabou Opens Thursday 12th May till 9th June “Independent development of similar characters (as of bodily structure of unrelated organisms or cultural traits) often associated with similarity of habits or environment.” Ollystudio Gallery will bring together a group of artists in a convergence of talent and likeminded thought. The first group show at East London’s newest gallery will showcase emerging talent and more established artists in a rolling show over the next four weeks. The starting line up of artists will be added to as more artists are invited to converge at Ollystudio Gallery. The availability of young talent in the East London today is immense but the availability of gallery space to this talent is scarce, Ollystudio Gallery will endeavour to provide the space within which we can showcase this talent. For images and details of all the work for the show click gallery at the top of the page
May 10, 2016, Convergence
Ollystudio’s collaboration with Mulberry and the super talents of Andrea Riot produced this live painted window on New Bond Street. You would have had to be up early to catch us in the act. Big thank you to all involved, it is a once in a lifetime project with two great British brands. “Since the first issue in 1916, the pages of Vogue have long been filled with the world’s most coveted and innovative labels. But now, to celebrate the centenary issue featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, the tables have turned. Stores across the UK have brought Vogue into their world, reinterpreting the most recognisable covers, inspirational shoots and displaying the magazine’s long-serving logo in their windows. From Topshop to Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton to Mulberry, and a special display in London’s Burlington Arcade, be sure to join in the celebration and pay a visit to these stores before the month is out”
May 8, 2016, Mulberry Vogue 100 Celebratory window
Ollystudio is pleased to present the opening of East London’s newest pop up artspace at 283 Kingsland Road. Doors will open to the public on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at 6.30pm to celebrate the inaugural exhibition Hong Kong Connection — spotlighting the work of Hong Kong based Belgian street artist Caratoes and Chinese artist Pakal — on view through 17th April. Find out more here
March 19, 2016, East London Pop Up Artspace Opens
Hong Kong based Belgian street artist Caratoes has been busy in London after the opening of XX: A Moment in Time — now on view at Saatchi Gallery until 9th March. Last week, the artist wrapped up a two story mural on a Kingsland Road façade overlooking the Regents Canal and Ollystudio was there to capture the work in progress.
March 4, 2016, Caratoes in London
A MOMENT IN TIME Supported by Yasha Young (Urban Nation), Curated by Olly Walker 3 FEBRUARY – 6 MARCH 2016 London, UK – On 3rd February 2016, the Saatchi Gallery will open XX: A Moment in Time in the Prints & Originals Gallery. XX is an exhibition of new works by contemporary female street & graffiti artists. The show will consist of new works by a selection of emerging and established artists from around the globe. This will be the first time that some of the artists will have been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition will run alongside the major exhibition of contemporary art by female artists, Champagne Life… Click Here to Read More
January 13, 2016, XX
Ollystudio was invited to Berlin to attend Project M/8 “Freedom” curated by StolenSpace Gallery featuring Case, Cyrcle, D*Face, Evoca1, Herakut, Joram Roukes, Miss Van, Maya Hayuk, The London Police, Shepard Fairey, Snik, Word to Mother, Elle and Lora Zombie.
December 29, 2015, Project M/8
Original Ollystudio design now being reprinted by the amazing 10T London crew here. 10T is a young collaborative streetwear brand that celebrates the talent of emerging and established artists by printing original artwork on a range of high quality, limited edition T-shirts. There is no design brief or set of rules, with each artist given complete free reign with the creative process. The resulting imagery is diverse and eclectic, fitting the brand’s ethos “Expect the Unexpected”.
December 29, 2015, London Stinks of Piss
Ollystudio partnered with Pinksie the Whale to run a stenciling workshop for the kids at a local primary school in London Fields, using actual cut out pages from “Street Art Republic” & “The Street Art Stencil Book.” Pinksie is a thought provoking project which began in London in 2012 with the purpose to teach children to celebrate diversity, be imaginative and assist and care for others. Each year the Pinksie team works with schools, artists, galleries and museums, running creative workshops, exhibitions and readings with the added benefit that proceeds from fundraising events go to help chosen children’s charities and to keep funding workshop for free in the school.
December 29, 2015, Pinksie the Whale
Ollystudio was invited to speak on a panel discussion this week at the University of the Arts London discussing the future of Graffiti in European Cities with Graffolution. The Good the Bad and the Beautiful: Innovative Graffiti Management for Future European Cities, with Graffolution Hosted by the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) at UAL, in collaboration with SYNYO (Vienna), Sine (Munich) and Eticas (Barcelona), ‘The Good the Bad and the Beautiful’ event looks to move forward some of these questions and invites you to trial the new European Graffolution platform and experience our experimental Human Graffiti Library event. Click here to read more.
December 17, 2015, The Good the Bad and the Beautiful
Elle, Tankpetrol and Word to Mother stopped by Ollystudio for a little impromptu painting session.
December 17, 2015, Elle, Tankpetrol & Word to Mother
Ollystudio is pleased to present Caustic Windows: New Works by the UK-based mixed media artist Alaric Hammond at the Saatchi Gallery in London — 2nd September through 1st November 2015. The exhibition showcases new works by the British contemporary artist Alaric Hammond. Each artwork has been created in studio utilising etching and corrosion processes on zinc plates which are then mounted onto wood. “The etching and corrosion process employed results in works suspended between creation and destruction. The objects represent genuine entropy. There is beauty in decay.” – Alaric Hammond “The exhibition finds the artist experimenting with zinc plates, reliefs and acid over-treatments to create unique, almost primitivist etches. The pieces are then mounted onto wooden panels, which further underlines Hammond’s intentionally raw and organic aesthetic. The end result, the artist argues, is the representation of mundane everyday sightings – handshake deals, the sidewalk as a catwalk, mass advertisement – into the “context” of the bustling city.” – Hypebeast
December 17, 2015, Dubbed Caustic Windows: New Works
Ollystudio was pleased to be involved with connecting the creative minds for a great cause this holiday season. As part of Save The Children’s Fashion Saves Lives This Christmas campaign, five of London’s top designers have designed a special sweater for the festive season in collaboration with their favourite muse. 100% of the profits from the exclusive Save The Children X MATCHESFASHION.COM collaboration will go to Save The Children. ‘This is an exciting campaign that uses the power and influence of the fashion industry to improve the lives of children most in need,’ says Helena Wiltshire, a spokesperson at Save The Children. ‘By buying a sweater you will help save children’s lives in some of the toughest parts of the world, and give children living in poverty in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential.’ The Style Report meets the dynamic duos behind the collection.
December 5, 2015, SAVE THE CHILDREN x MATCHES FASHION
Ollystudio is proud to present Inferno, the result of two years work in collaboration with photographer, Kent Baker. Inferno: Alexander McQueen is a collection of previously unseen, backstage photographs from Alexander McQueen’s seminal show ‘Dante’. The photographs are being displayed for the first time at the Gallery at Foyles from 20 March – 3 May 2015. The striking images are taken from Kent Baker’s new book, ‘Inferno: Alexander McQueen’, published on 30 March 2015 by Laurence King Publishing, and curated by Ollystudio. Great article from our friends over at tikichris.
March 27, 2015, Inferno: Alexander McQueen Exhibition
Inferno: Alexander McQueen, designed and curated by Ollystudio is part of an overall project that has been two years in the making. This book features unique photographs, by Kent Baker, shot behind the scenes, with raw, unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. The fashion creatives who worked with McQueen to make the show such a success recall this pivotal time in the designer’s career and reflect on what made ‘Dante’ truly groundbreaking. The new imagery of clothes shown on the catwalk, created by Baker and Walker, gives insight into why this collection was so special. London 1996: Alexander McQueen took over the Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church in London’s East End for what was quite possibly the greatest fashion show on earth. A candle-lit, cruciform catwalk with a backdrop of stained-glass windows set the tone for an extraordinary collection. Lace sat against chiffon and rubbed shoulders with couture and club-culture clothing and digital print. Dante was the seminal collection that would resonate throughout Alexander McQueen’s career. Brilliant article from our friends over at i-D.
March 27, 2015, Inferno: Alexander McQueen Book
Ollystudio once again collaborates with the Saatchi Gallery to curate Pop the Streets. The show illustrated the influence of Pop Art on the concepts and works of the artists. This exhibition’s concept perfectly connects new and original works, many of them created especially for this show, with the Pop Art movement that largely influenced the shape of the contemporary street and urban art. The artists that were chosen for this exhibition were Alaric Hammond, ALO, Ben Frost, Ben Turnbull, CEPT, Nick Walker, Orticanoodles, Paul Insect, Rene Gagnon and Sten & Lex. Each of these artists and artistic collectives are characterized by an original approach and the techniques they use, as well as the specific themes they are dealing with.
March 27, 2015, Pop the Streets
Work is progressing at an alarming rate for this stellar show that I am curating at the amazing Urban Nation in Berlin. This show is packed full of stars and up and coming talent, lots of cool exhibits, great work and surprise for those who visit us.
March 26, 2015, CUT IT OUT
Alaric Hammond’s new body of work From Cheek to Blushing Cheek was a powerful solo show inspired by recent conflicts, protests, and persisting influence of Empire. Hammond suggests there is an abandonment of ideology, cultural guidance and philosophy in today’s society. He presents a dystopian viewpoint exploring themes of subterfuge, decayed imperial grandeur and impotent protest within his work. Hammond’s aim is in confronting the compromise, absurdities and conflict in living and defending our way of life. Olly Walker’s long friendship with Alaric resulted in this collaboration as artist and curator for the artist’s first solo exhibition in Shoreditch.
March 25, 2015, Alaric Hammond: From Cheek to Blushing Cheek
Great to have the finished book in our hands at the studio. A years worth of research and archiving has produced this historic book of Nick’s work. Long live print. “The Art of Nick Walker” is a 152 page hardback retrospective with hundreds of full colour images comprising 20 years of Nick Walker’s art. “In 1992 I began to combine stencils with my freehand work, which allowed me to juxtapose almost photographic imagery with the rawness which evolved from conventional graffiti styles,” said Walker. “Stencils introduce an impact element to my work. The appeal of stencils is that they allow me to take an image from anywhere – dissect any part of life – and recreate it on any surface.” “I try to add an element of humour or irony to some paintings to add a little light relief to the walls. Painting is a form of escapism for me and if my work allows the spectator to do the same thing, then I’ve achieved more than I set out to do.”
March 24, 2015, Nick Walker: The Art of Nick Walker
Back in August this year Ollystudio arranged for Alo to have his 1st solo show at Saatchi Gallery, London. 50 portraits of the people of Shoreditch, Hackney, Hoxton and Brick Lane. See the projects page for more info and images.
March 23, 2015, Hail To The Loser
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