Emma Finamore

Emma Finamore

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Desiree Akhavan is not Lena Dunham

By Emma Silverthorn @HouseOf_Gazelle Desiree Akhavan is not Lena Dunham. Yes, both are females, both hail from New York and both are filmmakers but one does not subsume the other. Why are “minorities” so often reduced in this way? Minorities in double quotes because women are over half the population...

Competition: Win a personalised canvas print

Europe’s leading photo printing website, Albelli, has teamed up with us here The London Economic to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a personalised canvas print and three runners up the chance to win a personalised mobile phone case (£19.95). Albelli’s canvas prints display your chosen photos in razor-sharp detail on 100% cotton...

London Comedians: The Edinburgh Survival Guide

Next month, swathes of London’s comedians will be making their annual pilgrimage across the border to Scotland, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We spoke to some of our capital's comedians about how they survive the yearly onslaught of hecklers, expensive accommodation and endless hangovers.   Nish Kumar (Croydon) Best place...

The Art of Career Suicide: How to quit your job and jump

Ever wanted to take the plunge, drop everything and become the artist you always knew you were destined to be? If so, you’re in luck. Chairman Kato is a musician and artist based in Hackney Downs, working in a variety of visual media, ranging from photography through to painting and...

Mayfair Arts Club: Review

By Hannah Pinnock, Arts Critic On the surface The Art’s Club in Mayfair is an impressive venue boasting some brilliant wine, but the service and food fails to leave an impression. On arrival, we were seated in a booth in the busy Brasserie and there we sat for a long...

Plastic Fantastic: I Am Acrylic workshop review

You can buy pretty much anything in London if you’ve got the money, but where’s the fun in that? A series of workshops in South East London aims to put a spotlight on craft, and on where objects come from, by encouraging people to get together and create things for themselves...

Going underground: Secret street art

Street art? Secret location? Free booze?! If any of these pique your interest (and frankly, we don’t know many that can resist the latter) then you are in luck, friends. This evening (Thursday 2 July) the team behind GraffitiStreet.com bring us their new show, ‘Underground’. The online street art gallery, founded in...

Juliette Burton: changing the world one joke at a time

From bulimia to trolling, being labelled a “feminazi” to being sectioned, with comedian Juliette Burton, nothing is off the table. Seriously, nothing. As her show, Look At Me, hits London, she told us about the process of creating it, about breaking down barriers with comedy, and about that Protein World...

Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

“Stay low, keep your face hidden, and remember: you are Rebel X,” our masked military leader barks at us, as we dash full pelt through the winding tunnels of a mysterious army base. Not your usual Thursday afternoon in central London. This is not a covert military mission, but Secret...

Creating space with Etch: Peckham’s open theatre project

Creating space with Etch: Peckham’s open theatre project

Theatre can sometimes seem like a closed shop, one of stuffy, expensive theatres, or intimidating, pretentious improv nights in achingly cool bars. Then there’s Etch. The Peckham theatre project is about to turn just one year old, but with award nominations and international festivals already under its belt, the young...

How to increase diversity in the creative industries

How to increase diversity in the creative industries

Despite London being a rich, diverse tapestry of people, classes and cultures, it’s sadly a well-known fact that the city’s creative industry – as is the case across the UK – is not a reflection of this. Access to accommodation (not to mention food transport and, apparently, a well-heeled social...

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Bluebird, Tabard Theatre: Review

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  There is a certain intimacy in the back of a taxi that you seldom experience elsewhere. The compulsory chit chat - "you been busy", "what time you on 'til?" et al – and the immediate trustworthiness of a cabbie brings solace amid the hectic buzz...

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The Death of a Salesman: Review

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  The possibilities that encapsulate the American Dream are oft dramatized but rarely grow old. It is an ideal that has arguably grown more relevant over time. The principles of the free market – boundless prosperity, success and the upward social mobility for the family and...

Turner Prize 2015: London collective makes the shortlist

Turner Prize 2015: London collective makes the shortlist

A London collective of young artists, architects and designers has made the Turner Prize shortlist. Assemble works across the art, architecture and design. The 18 members began working together in 2010, seeking to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. The collective...

Ten years of the CREEKSIDE OPEN in Deptford

Ten years of the CREEKSIDE OPEN in Deptford

Beside a creek in south London’s Deptord, is the Art in Perpetuity Trust, or A.P.T, a warehouse of cooperative studios and gallery space. In 2005, A.P.T celebrated its tenth anniversary by launching an open competition for visual artists, CREEKSIDE OPEN. A further ten years on and the bi-annual competition is...

Hay Fever: Review

Hay Fever: Review

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor Bohemian: Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. A warm evening in the West End saw the familiar huddle of theatregoers congregate around the glistening Duke of...

LOIS: Getting crafty in Peckham

LOIS: Getting crafty in Peckham

A business focussing on London designer-makers is getting creative down in Peckham. The best part? You can join in the fun. Midwifery isn’t usually a profession one associates with art, but that’s the transition Helen Ward went through a few years ago, when she ditched the NHS-issue uniform for something...

What do London’s main parties say about Arts and Culture?

What do London’s main parties say about Arts and Culture?

Not got around to voting yet? Take a look at what the main parties active in London want to do with arts and culture. Labour Labour wants to guarantee a universal entitlement to a creative education so that every young person has access to cultural activity and the arts in schools and...

Curationism: A problem of definition?

Curationism: A problem of definition?

By William Cooper Art books don’t often attain cross-discipline popularity, but David Balzer seems to have achieved just that with his discussion on the rise of curating, a book which is becoming almost as prolific as its subject matter. Not since the YBAs of the 90s have books about art...

Bank Holiday: Culture in the City

Bank Holiday: Culture in the City

Ah, what a difference a week makes: feels like only yesterday we were bringing you the best in outdoor art to enjoy in our sunny city. Now that the clouds have rolled over just in time for the Bank Holiday (standard), here’s a quick arts guide for Sunday and Monday, with...

Pamflet: London femme zine returns

Pamflet: London femme zine returns

Pamflet, a self-described “London grrrl-culture zine”, launched its thirteenth issue this week, after a four-year hiatus. The zine’s creators, Anna-Marie Fitzgerald and Pheobe Frangoul, hosted a night of wine and chat at Soho’s The Trouble Club – all female member’s club / den of intellectual feminine iniquity, founded by the...

The Feminist Library turns 40

The Feminist Library turns 40

Like all powerful, female forces of nature, London’s Feminist Library is just getting better with age. To celebrate its 40th year, here are some of the arts highlights from its programme. Women and Tattoos 25th April 2015 With the amazing discussion-starter “Why you should never, ever get a tattoo (but...

London’s Outdoor Art

London’s Outdoor Art

Not sure about you but we’re pretty excited about the weather we’ve been having recently, and it can be kind of hard to resist the urge to spend every spare moment reclining in the park with a tepid Red Stripe. But catching some of the recent rays doesn’t have to mean...