8 years -- 8 July -- 2018
To say the very least, it’s been an interesting 8 years at the Red Gallery. Amidst Europe’s rapidly changing landscape we’ve nurtured a platform that’s brought together countless talent and creativity, a space for dialogue, activism, and ultimately celebration.
For the best part of a decade, the Red Gallery has spread to an international community, and become a nexus for arts and culture in East London. It only seems fit to consider this point, between past and future, and recognise the collective effort of what we’ve created.
Exactly 60 years ago, something similar happened on New York’s 126th Street in Harlem. Famously known as ‘A Great Day in Harlem’, Art Kane’s now historical 1958 photograph featured a group portrait of 57 notable Jazz musicians from the time – everyone from Charles Mingus and Count Basie to Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and more were present. Jump forward 40 years to 1998, Paul Bradshaw of music magazine Straight No Chaser brought together just over 100 people into a cobbled side street on Hoxton Square. Including not just music luminaries, but also writers, fashion professionals, designers, dancers and many others, Bradshaw’s shoot paid tribute to the Harlem stunt, aptly named ‘A Great Day in Hoxton.’ At the time Hoxton Square was a raw, thriving area of East London that accommodated a plethora of creative and artistic energies, and home of the legendary venue The Blue Note – a pocket of local history that finds part of its legacy in this very photo. 20 years on in 2018, it seems timely to take stock of another passing era of which the Red Gallery feels very much a part.
On Sunday 8th July we hope to create our very own version of the Harlem 1958 photo, which will be part of a big day celebration at the Last Days of Shoreditch. For the day we’ve invited a host of friends to provide music, arts and entertainment – our dear friend Laura May Lewis will be bringing down a programme of artists, we have some guest DJs and more TBA. Celebrations starts at 2pm, with the photo shoot taking place around 4pm, we invite you and close friends and family to come down to the market to enjoy the food, drink, music, culture, and sun (fingers crossed), and help us celebrate the last 8 years here!
This is a call-out to all - friends and colleagues that have worked with us over the past 8 years, including wives, boyfriend/s (exes and new), cats, budgies, dogs, et al. – to join us on July 8th. We hope to capture (with the able photography of [name]) the spirit of the last 8 years, for what will surely be a ‘Great Day in Shoreditch’.
- 2pm till 11pm
- FREE ENTRY
- Last Days Of Shoreditch (Red Market)
- photography of the spirit of the last 8 years at 4pm by Urte Janus
- Komajazzzz Djs and guests
- wilf303& & DJ Stayhome back to back new classical music ambient set
- ZINOMORPH �Issue 2 >> Zino on the Mezzo
- Dean Todd
- Stephen Micalef AKA Steve Mick
- special guest and co-founder of the Red Gallery
- Paul Sakoilsky
- more art & music TBA
- curated by Laura May Lewis & Red Gallery
- THERE IS NO PLAN