Hoxton/Shoreditch – Welcome to the East End of London and What a lovely place to visit

Hoxton/ Shoreditch area of East London is a lovely place to visit because of the way you have art galleries such as, the Whitechapel Gallery, Carl Freedman and SCP east. On the other hand you have exciting and life-changing food places such as, brick lane. Together these areas and where they are located for example, Whitechapel (Aldgate), Brick lane not far from Spitialfields market. It allows people to get sucked into and been committed to artistic and open-minded experiences. When starting of at Hoxton station it allowed me to see how the area is quite open and spacious which gave me the idea to look around at how the stairs and lifts were placed within the station and then create a range of drawings symbolising what I felt whilst being in that particular station.


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Furthermore by visiting the East End of London it allows me to have a new experience of how London is developing over time and comparing/ contrasting other areas to one another.  By doing workshops at the WhiteChapel gallery for young people that I recently did which was called the ‘Imagining the East End’ with Heather McDonough and Rod Morris.By doing that workshop it allowed me to see how both the WhiteChapel gallery connected with the street life of people around brick lane and outside the gallery and seeing in what ways people communicate around the area.

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This is seeing what types of expressions people would provide depending on what they are in and where the location of the portrait photoshoot would be taken. Also by looking at the different landmarks around the area of WhiteChapel it allowed me to see how WhiteChapel gallery can be seen as an art college because at the bottom it is seen as an art gallery but then when you look towards the top it suddenly changes and has the impression of having art studios and practices towards the 1st and 2nd floor.


By work collaboratively with a group of young people aged 14-21 it allowed me as a developing art to see what different areas people come from for example, Tottenham, Ilford, WhiteChapel etc. This allowed me to see how they would adapt to the area and see how ideas of portraiture could be shown within the areas of East London. Furthermore by doing this workshop it allowed us a group to see how people would communicate with us and asking people one by one to see how if they would be part of our one day project. These are the results that we got.

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Furthermore by taking some videos whilst doing the WhiteChapel workshop it allowed me to get more of a sense of what the WhiteChapel gallery is like. There are many ways to describe the gallery, its quite diverse, different and you gain a sense of organic elements within the gallery and also outside the gallery.


People thoughts on what they think of the Hoxton/Shoreditch area and how they adapt to it.  Here are some videos to represent the idea.



From various landmarks such as Brick Lane the artwork continues through spray painting and seeing how different life forms are being used around the brick lane area. When looking closely at the artwork on brick lane it allows the viewer to gain a sense of how contemporary the area is and in some ways it shows the idea of old vs new and new vs old. This idea of old vs new and new vs old can also be represented when looking at artworks from the Carl Freedman Gallery.

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People around the East End of London are encouraged to visit certain areas within Hoxton/Shoreditch because there are always loads of events happening both inside and outside the WhiteChapel Gallery and the East End is always encouraging people of different areas/ cultures to be encouraged to participate within the area. This can be introduced within the idea of artwork such as many different spray painting tehniques as you look closely around the brick lane area. This gives people may different inspirations as you travel around the Brick Lane area, SCP East, CA4LA (Japanese hat shop). Furthermore whilst seeing the artwork around these areas it also encourages people to try different cultural foods around the area and be part of the making of food. These foods can involve, Caribbean, Spanish, italian and many different types of street food.

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In addition going around the East End of london is like an adventure because everywhere you look there’s something new and exciting happening and it makes you feel like you want to join in. Furthermore when visiting smaller galleries which are just of brick lane you get to have a new experience of different artworks that may in some ways surprise you, inspire you and create a new experience for you.  This is an example of artwork by Sandra Menant at the Brick Lane Gallery.  By visiting this artist’s work it allowed me to be encouraged to act happy and inspired by the way the artist presented and produced the work.  This is through the different paints and watercolours that the artist uses and how she perfectly leaves a crisp texture to the abstract pieces she produces. YOU MUST CHECK OUT HER WORK!



Furthermore when visiting Hoxton/ Shoreditch it allows people to see other landmarks which have a high impact on galleries such as the WhiteChapel Gallery, Carl Freedman and The Brick Lane Gallery.  Having these galleries placed in these areas of the East End of London it allows the public to see how diverse and organic this side of London is. This is introduced by the idea of having markets and street food situated close to where the WhiteChapel and The Brick Lane Gallery is. When the public go around these areas it makes them act interested, intrigued and inspired about how this side of London is full of different mystery’s, clues and new ideas. This is especially seen through the market areas as you walk deeper into the Brick Lane area.


In addition having visited the area also during the summer holidays when I did a project with the WhiteChapel Youth Forum it allowed me to visit other areas of the gallery is especially the top of gallery which suddenly changes into a studio area. When I visit this area it allows me to see how the East side of London has glorious views which allows you to see different types of churches and flats which surround the area. It makes me act interested to see how the area has themes such as old vs new, new vs old and see how they interact with one another. Having done workshops in the summer holidays at the WhiteChapel gallery it allows me to see how my work can respond to the area and how I see it in my own eyes. I worked with Duchamp and Sons and here’s examples of the collaborative work we did as a group.


Furthermore having worked with a collaborative group of young people aged 14-21 and working with artist Bart Lodewijks it allowed us to create a magazine/ book which would demonstrate to the public how we see the area of WhiteChapel and how we can communicate our ideas physically, mentally, socially and visually.   Also by working with the youth group it allowed me to become more social with other people and get to gain other people experiences of what the idea of art means to them and how they like presenting it towards the public. By doing this it allows us to go on adventures such as the day trip to Portsmouth and compare and contrast the area of Hoxton/Shoreditch to the fascinating and magical area of Portsmouth (Love it!!!). Here are some examples of places we went and discovered on our day trip.


Here’s an example of a piece of my work which I did on one of the cafe windows on WhiteChapel high street. It demonstrates the idea of us as a group been assigned different assignments (34 in total) and see how we would respond to them within the groups that we worked in.



Also by working with other art students within group 3, Ellie and Steffy it allowed me to engage and share ideas among each other. By working with these lovely girls it allowed me to see how we would react and respond to the area of the East End by visiting areas such as the WhiteChapel Gallery, SCP East, Brick Lane, Beigel Bake and many other glorious areas. We really enjoyed visiting vintage book areas because it allowed us to connect to other artists, photographers and see how we would change into an old yet fascinating environment.

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In addition by visiting the East End of London it allowed us to become part of the vintage society and respond to the area using a variety of photographs, poses and well just having fun. Here are some examples.

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In my opinion by using some of friends to create different pieces of artworks within different environments it has allowed me to expand my photography skills. Furthermore by doing this it allows the audience to see how different people respond to the environment they are placed in. For instance looking at different people’s emotions such as happy, jolly, sad, upset etc. Here are some more examples of ideas responding to how people are encouraged to react/ act within an area or institution.

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