Art show breakthrough for Dalston… maybe

Cafe Oto, Reeves building, Printhouse gallery and rooftop garden Ashwin St Dalston July 2013 © david.altheer

THE FIRST biannual international illustration exhibition in London is to be held in Dalston. At least, so says the curator of the twice-a-year event.

Loving Dalston lacks the resources to spend hours in the British Library checking such a claim, especially the key point that the event will be held twice a year. But even making the assertion is newsworthy.

The explanation of the curator, whose day job is copywriter, is difficult to follow. Tilly Fawn Stasiuk says: “In a world of continuous movement, flying cycles of globes, spins of laundry, and generations of adobe, this inertia is often intimidating.

“With a desire to travel and a network of webs that will travel for us, with us, and against, it can be hard for many of us to come together and learn about other cities and the way they present their artistic discipline.”

Got that?

In an email to Loving Dalston, Stasiuk was more down-to-earth, writing: “I wanted to personally invite you to a really exciting international illustration exhibition that I am part-curating at The Printhouse, Dalston, above, first door at left.

“The exhibition ties in well with the upcoming London Fashion Week [which starts on Fri 14 Feb 2014].

“One of our illustrators (of the 6) from Los Angeles, Connie Lim will be presenting solely fashion illustrated works.”

The other exhibitors are Victoria Sin, Hvass and Hannibal, Dan Jamieson, Meredith Owen and Benjamin Phillips.

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* Drawn Together: the International Illustration Frontier runs at Printhouse Gallery, 18 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, Thurs 20 Feb 2014 to 3 April 2014, Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm. Free. Disabled access.

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