[F]or the fourth year running, Tintype Gallery is bringing the show to Essex Road. A street notorious in London for it’s one-mile length, stretching from Angel to Balls Pond Road it has a strong neighbourhood identity. Once named Lower Road in response to its parallel upmarket counterpart, Upper Street, it has a remarkable number of independent shops and small businesses in an area marked with social and economic divisions. One of the road’s landmarks is Tintype gallery, an old haberdashery shop transformed into a space for emerging artists, sat next to Get Stuffed (a famous taxidermist) and opposite Steve Hatt (probably the most popular fishmongers in London). To celebrate their iconic, culture-filled home, the gallery founded their ESSEX ROAD series, where eight artists are invited to make a short film each connected to the north London street.
For six weeks over Christmas and New Year, the gallery’s large window on a busy corner of Essex Road will become a public screen. Back projected into the window, the 8 films will be shown on a loop from dusk to midnight, highly visible to whoever walks on by. Made up of a selection of talented artists from various styles and backgrounds, the eight are: Edwina Ashton, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Benedict Drew, Judith Goddard, Matthew Noel-Tod, Paul Tarrago, Richard Wenworth and Xiaowen Zhu. From Dewe Mathews’ Kubrick-inspired fiction to Ashton’s animated prehistoric vision, and Noel-Tod’s forensic close-ups of the gutter to Zhu’s astronaut. Not to be missed.
Check out our sneak peek into the exhibition below, and see the full films for yourself screening in Tintype’s window from 8th December 2017 until 13th January 2018 at 107 Essex Road, London, N1 2SL. Click here for more information.