Window shopping, E17 style
We're delighted that our second Look Up exhibition is now open – right here in E17. In the windows of a beautifully preserved Victorian corner shop...
Featuring a colourful selection of limited edition prints from our launch collection, Look Up / Geometry, Line, Pattern, Colour is on at the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery (WVWG) 'til Sunday September 25th. The gallery's a gem in its own right, with some pretty swanky gilded signage recalling its previous incarnation as Frank Ison's hardware store. The E List is Walthamstow's premier listings and features magazine, and they've only gone and done a feature on Look Up. If you can't find a copy, you can read the article (on page 44) here. We've included the text below, just in case...
Orford Road window at WVWG, featuring work by (l–r) Nounua, Kate Banazi, Chris James, Supermundane, Kate Gibb, Sophie Smallhorn, Frea Buckler and Bonnie Craig
"Throughout September, Walthamstow Village Window Gallery is showcasing colourful prints from the launch collection of Look Up – a new creative business based in E17. There's a real buzz around Walthamstow these days, with creative businesses popping up from Blackhorse Road to Wood Street and everywhere in between. One of the latest additions is Look Up, a new online print gallery that celebrates the creative potential of geometry, line, pattern and colour. It might be an online business, but Look Up is very much a Walthamstow affair – based a short walk from The Bell, it was founded by local residents Steven Bateman and Rachel Smith.
Eden Road/village square window, featuring work by (l–r) Charlie Patterson, Sam Kerr, Mark McClure, Supermundane and Fiona Grady
Look Up launched this summer with a collection of affordable limited edition prints by fifteen handpicked artists. The WVWG exhibition presents work by Frea Buckler and Sophie Smallhorn (both featured in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Show), and Mark McClure – a Walthamstow-based artist whose geometric murals can be seen throughout E17. Also featured are Kate Banazi, Yann Brien, Bonnie Craig, William Edmonds, Kate Gibb, Fiona Grady, Chris James, Sam Kerr, Josie Molloy, Nounua, Charlie Patterson and Supermundane. Visit the Look Up website and you’ll find artist profiles and more information on the prints – all of which are exclusive to Look Up.
The smaller Orford Road window at WVWG, featuring work by (l–r) Josie Molloy, Yann Brien and William Edmonds
The concept behind Look Up is relatively simple, and it’s a refreshing alternative to other online print stores. They represent a more focused aesthetic, showcasing a curated collection of prints by both established and up-and-coming artists. Far from being a purely commercial venture, their ultimate goal is to offer artists a fairer share of the profits while raising their profile through continued promotion, introducing their work to new audiences via social media, blogs, press, and exhibitions. It’s early days, but with its colourful collection of prints and a cast of talented artists, things are definitely looking up for one of the newest names on E17’s creative scene."