The Old Truman Brewery, set just off Brick Lane in East London, always has something cool on, as well as plenty of food options. With a rare day to myself yesterday, I decided to take a trip that way to spend some time exploring the free exhibitions and pop-ups.
Water Aid is running an exhibition entitled ‘Out of Order‘ in one of the pop-up spaces. Free to enter, Water Aid launched the exhibition in line with World Toilet Day to raise awareness for the many women around the world who don’t have access to a toilet, and therefore are at risk of infection.
The artworks range from paintings to prints and sketches. There was even a video showing in a small room at the back, with a vocal track which appeared to be created especially playing in the background, whilst the video showed a number of women holding up signs saying they’re at risk of infection.
Small but impactful, the exhibition sure gets you thinking and appreciating the fact we’re not in that situation. You do get chance to donate via contactless if you would like to help the cause. I did my bit.
The second exhibition is being run by Naiise, a design company from Singapore which works with more than 1,000 emerging and established designers from around the world, and has started building a presence over here in the UK. The pop-up, ‘Have a #Naiise day London’ is titled after the brief to the Naiise design community, to create an exclusive collection for The Anti-Sweatshop Pop-up Shop – a challenge for the designers to use their craft to create an exclusive product that takes London or the UK as its inspiration and mixes it right into its DNA.
The first thing you notice as you enter is a wooden stamping station, with posters, paint and big wooden mallets so you can let out the stress from the day at work. So cool, I was very tempted.
Next to this is a wall with posters drying, created by other visitor, under a big “craft more stress less” print – Preach! Definitely need to take this on board.
The rest of the space is filled with ceramics, prints and homewares all created by several of the Naiise designers. There are some really colourful pieces of artwork. I wanted to buy so much!
It was really relaxing and de-stressing just taking a wander, with no rush and no where to be. Both of these pop-ups are only there until tomorrow (Sunday 19th November), so if you get chance this afternoon or tomorrow, I’d definitely recommend taking a stroll.
If you’re in the area make sure you explore Brick Lane too. There’s lots of vintage shops, food and drink (Dark Sugars is one of my faves), and even graffiti to seek out. It never fails to amaze.
Have you been to any fab exhibitions recently?