It looks like we might have made it to the end.

August 10, 2009

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THANKS to the hundreds of participants who made Tales From A Park Bench a massive success.

THANKS too to all the publications who helped us spread the word: Time Out, Evening Standard, Tired Of London, Urban Junkies, Camden New Journal, The Londonist, Ham & High, and the US website Treehugger, to name a few.

Read Stephen’s last blog entry on Time Out here: http://www.timeout.com/london/big-smoke/blog/8379/tales_from_a_park_bench-the_story_so_far.html 

We’re chuffed that, after occupying the C22 Gallery for just one week, we have built up such a warm community – we couldn’t have imagined such an enthusiastic response to our simple idea of installing a park bench in a disused shop in Camden Town. 

We’re also delighted that Russell’s debut solo exhibition, Tails On A Park Bench (see the piece ‘Belong’, below) sold out in the first hour of the private view. His work is now available through Sharon Elphick on Columbia Road (www.elphicksshop.com ). His personal website for all queries and commissions is www.russellloughlan.co.uk

 

So, have a good rummage across the blog, as there are stories and pictures that scroll down for miles, do leave a comment below and don’t forget at least a dozen performances are already up on youtube with more to follow. Last night’s closing performance, ‘The Struggle Goes On,’ by poet Gabriel & didge-player Apolonia, is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfRoLmF8VJM

Finally, thanks to Kent-based photographer Julia Riddiough for her atmospheric work in the second room, ‘Do You Remember Me?’

Tales From A Park Bench will be back in a new location early 2010. If you can help us in anyway (ideas, funding, cupcakes) email me at stephenemms[at]hotmail.co.uk. Or join us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter (see blogroll).

THANKS & SEE YOU ALL SOON!

Stephen Emms, Russell Loughlan, Charlotte Haigh

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One Response to “It looks like we might have made it to the end.”

  1. Eleanor Says:

    An inspired idea – there are so many talented people in this great city, and this project created a really inviting space in which to showcase this talent, at street level. Differing entirely to its inspiration, partly due to the location, I don’t think of Trafalgar Square as a very ‘London’ space, and the stage, a plinth doesn’t exactly invite interaction, I’d say this was a great success! I look forward to seeing it next time, maybe on tour?!


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