Pen Pushers @ V&A Hackney Wick Takeover

Join The Wick Art Store in demonstrating the unique, creative sub-culture that is ‘The Wick’ at the upcoming V&A Hackney Wick Takeover!

In collaboration with Stour Space and POSCA get involved with a drawing workshop with the Pen Pushers team and create a fairy tale interpretation of Hackney Wick and Fish Island complete with pirates and canal monsters.

Featuring NJGM, Bob Motown and Hicks54

Friday 28th February, 6:30-10:30pm FREE ENTRY

>>> You can find us in Lunchroom 1 in the Sackler Centre (Education centre) 6:30 – 10:30pm on 28th February <<<

More about Pen Pushers:
The Wick Art Store in collaboration with Stour Space and Posca is continually developing Pen Pushers, an interactive drawing development workshop that combines the skill of professional contemporary illustrators with the imagination and enthusiasm of kids and people of all ages.


Although desolate to an outsider’s first glance, the factory walls of Hackney Wick and Fish Island hide a unique community of artists and designers, studios and live/work spaces. Rocketing land values, partly fuelled by the Olympic Park, now mean that the makeshift, DIY occupation of the area is increasingly under threat. Join the third in a series of Friday Lates that will invite London’s creative communities to take over the museum for an evening, presenting a range of music, art, design, architecture and more.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

Please check back for the full programme nearer the time.

Inspired by the graphics of street art and graffiti in Hackney wick, designer Charlotte Papon has created an inspiring surface development made from small origami modules. Be part of the installation by adding your own personalized origami piece to the surface and watch as the shapes and colours of Hackney Wick emerge.

The Floating Cinema
East London based arts organisation UP Projects presents a programme of commissioned short films from its acclaimed Floating Cinema project. Created by a variety of established artists, emerging filmmakers and writers, these films explore Hackney Wick and the surrounding rivers and canals, focusing specifically on the River Lea. Combine this with creating your very own fantasy Floating Cinema and take it out for a maiden voyage on a DIY canal.

East London Radio
Join London’s new community radio station, under a year old and broadcasting online from a base in Hackney Wick. Listen to the sounds of The Wick, featuring sonic postcards of the diverse people in the area. Come for a chat at the pop-up studio – what do you think of The Wick?

A Band on Ship
Experience live performances by Ulli Mattsson and Emma Ringqvist (Fjorden) – nomadic boat dwellers, musicians and Swedes who tie their two traditional canal boats together in Hackney Wick to provide a stage. This floating venue tours the waterways, open for anyone walking or cycling past on the towpath to enjoy.

Dark Island: Before
By collating notifications via twitter and photographs, artist Colin Priest recorded a critical phase of change in an area undergoing urban renewal for the Olympics and beyond. Re-opening this through a visual conversation within the context of the Stained Glass galleries of the Museum, discover a new perspective on time and space in a dark place.

The Mysterious Bevve Erage and Possum of Possibilities
Bringing the chaotic, mystical and hidden side of Hackney Wick to the Museum, live artist Scarlett Lassoff and illustrator Takayo Akiyama present a personalised fortune telling and psychedelic painting performance for one visitor at a time. Using found objects, poundshop treasures and magical artefacts, the double act will predict your future and create a one of a kind aura portrait for you to take home.

Composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch’s original sound piece mixes music and field recordings sourced around Hackney Wick and Fish Island. Discover what makes this urban area truly unique through through sonic identity and auditory perceptions.

Tailoress Nathalie Limon will create and exhibit a coat made from fabrics associated with the history of Hackney Wick, as well as utilising the Meldola Blue dye that was synthesised in the same neighbourhood as her Wick-based studio in the 1800s.

London-based Greek photographer Manos Chatzikonstantis showcases an on-going project about life in the converted warehouses of Hackney Wick, exploring both the temporary and permanent, and the ways in which people leave their mark in the area.

Bonus Levels: Delirious New Wick
Participate in an exploratory video game that reimagines Hackney Wick as a primal utopia of floating islands, post-industrial monuments, and sprawling shopping malls. Bringing together three histories of the area into a single virtual landscape, witness the conflict between the area’s past and its future.
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See Studio
Publisher, curator and creative director Daren Ellis brings two Hackney Wick-based projects to the Museum from his multi-disciplinary studio. Discover The Wick – the area’s annual newspaper, as well as work by Sweet Toof – one of London’s most prolific graffiti artists whose trademark teeth and gums can be found all over East London.

Pen Pushers
Join The Wick Art Store in demonstrating the unique, creative sub-culture that is ‘The Wick’. In collaboration with Stour Space and Posca, get involved with in a drawing workshop with the Pen Pushers team and create a fairy tale interpretation of Hackney Wick and Fish Island complete with pirates and canal monsters.

The Conservation Factory
Discover how Hackney Wick’s creative economy relies on its existing industrial building fabric. Affordable Wick’s Richard Brown and box factories designer Haidée Drew collaborate to show you two sides of the conservation story through an installation that encourages you to step inside.

CLUSTER BOMB [collective] Join contemporary performing artist collective CLUSTER BOMB, as they present a series of site-responsive performances developed from their current project I / AM / THE / ISL▲ND, inspired by J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island. Their performance draws from the novel’s key themes of memory, regeneration and isolation, in response to the past, present and future of Hackney Wick.
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