Teufelsberg 2016

Posted: May 21, 2016 in North Lincolnshire

And what a transformation.

On my first visit, several years ago, I was probably “not meant to be there”

Last year I booked on an “organised tour” – it was ok, but rushed.

Now, the community at Teufelsberg allow site access to the main galleries, grounds and roof, unchaperoned, for 7EUR. Stay as long as you like, don’t open any doors – they’re closed for a reason. And – they are doing a fucking amazing job fixing the place up with rain water capture, solar panels and repairs to the buildings which have been looted for scrap metal.

Unlike Urban Spree, Teufelsberg as gone up in my estimation, showing that spaces like this can be managed in a communal manner without the shitty poison of gentrification.

I didn’t bother with Urban Spree this time, and was a bit let down with the street art alley in Hackescher Marks – very few new pieces in there.

But Teufelsberg – safe, incredibly friendly, lots of English speakers (aber mein Deutsch ist Scheiße , aber ich versuche . Schlecht.) is showing us how communal management of a public space can work – very well. We have a lot to learn from this.

 

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I’ve just realised I’ve started my first “photo diary”.

For several years now I’ve been visiting Berlin, and have been photographing and inspired by its street art.

This is a place holder for Urban Spree. I’ll be updating it from time to time. I’ll be doing other areas that I visit from time to time.

I’ll be going back through photos I’ve taken there through the years and will be posting in reverse chronological order.

These were taken yesterday.

It’s interesting to note, the first time I visited Urban Spree there were no Audi or Mercedes cars parked outside the buildings and you were not charged an entry fee or had your bag searched for spray paint. Urban Spree has moved on. Not necessarily in a good way.

Scunthorpe Independent News

20140412_135737 Let me start right off by saying Mr. Monkey; its a pseudonym, a moniker, you know, a handle. As cool as it would be for any of us to actually have the second name Monkey (where did I put that deed-poll form?) It’s a graffiti tag name and that’s what Mr. Monkey’s work revolves around, it’s street art on paper or canvas, in pencil and ink and paint.

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I’ve got the following photos left over from an exhibition last year.

The following single edition prints taken in and around Scunthorpe measure 8 inches by 12 and are un-watermarked and unframed, selling for £12.50 each.

Delivery cost = £4 per order by post, hand delivered in and around Scunthorpe. To order use the form below, with a valid email address and phone number.

How to order

Each print is a one off and will not be re-printed, they are what are left from a gallery exhibition last year.

Each 12×8 inch print has been professionally printed on Fujifilm paper and has a mat finish.

What could possibly go wrong?

Cafe Indie is a non for profit organisation funded by the national lottery and the brain child of a friend of mine. The aim is to provide training and work experience in catering and customer services to 120 young people every year.

Today there were upwards of 80 people in the cafe at one time listening to the amazing Joe Solo play a free gig.

This is totally radical, people doing things for other people to help other people.

Just think about that.

Try it some time.

Work in progress…..

click to zoom - past up in progress at Cafe INDIE

click to zoom – past up in progress at Cafe INDIE

I’ve been working on a charity project called Cafe INDIEpendent.

Its the brain child of a mate of mine called David, hes a bit of a clever guy, very good at getting things done, and some one who goes through life with a passion for making a difference to people.

2 years ago he came up with this idea, something along the lines of a really cool coffee house, with a buzz to it, a vibe. But it would not be to make money, it would be a charity, and its purpose would be to provide training, work experience and education opportunities for young people in areas such as catering and customer services.

As a side project, my self and another photographer friend Jason have been documenting key stages and events in the project since we got the keys last October.

The aim is to create a documentary wall paper using wheat pastes which will cover one wall of the gallery space. Other artists will then exhibit on the wall which tells the story of the building of Cafe INDIEpendent.

At least that’s the theory.

So today I’ve spent the day at the cafe, fixed and refurbished the photocopier we have been donated, and selected, processed and printed a couple of hundred photographs that Jason and my self have taken over the last 5 months. Here are a few of the photographs I’ve chosen to include in the gallery. Once the paste up is complete I’ll post that.

Cafe INDIEpendent is a lottery funded project.