Meanwhile

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I’ve had a busy couple of months since my last post, with professional and personal projects taking over my blogging schedule. A few days ago, I spent the whole weekend on an open space by the Thames, near Vauxhall station, running an event commissioned by the Nine Elms development consortium and part of the Big Draw, the annual month-long celebration of drawing. I was acting as Project Manager for The Brick Box, a Community Interest Company that creates collective experiences in underused public spaces, from Brixton and Tooting to Canning Town and Bradford. Here are a few photos, and there’s now a video available at the end of the 5 Questions to… Eleanor & Rosie, The Brick Box Ladies.

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Drew manhanding the giant Golden Slice that adorns the Toast Temple (photo by Jesus Ubera / The Brick Box)

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The Toast Temple in full swing  (photo by Matt Badenoch / The Brick Box)

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Young Brick Box recruits building a den with Our Hut (photo by Matt Badenoch / The Brick Box)

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Light Labyrinth at night, Nine Elms cranes  (photo by Fabienne Jung / The Brick Box)

 

While I was planning this event – from contracting artists to figuring out how on earth we’d get a portaloo on site – I moved out of the Highbury flat I had lived in since arriving in London 6 months ago to start a big adventure with my husband: we’ve taken over a pub in South West London, which we’ve now been running for a month. As of today, the website is still ‘coming soon’, but here are a few photos. I’ll be looking after the marketing and programming, and as we’ve got pop-up dinners, live music, films and parties in the pipeline, that’s enough to keep me busy outside the day job. There’ll be a monthly newsletter to keep locals in the loop, which you can sign up to here.

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Opening night – Anh, Shane and Strawberry Thief (photo by Scott Kershaw)

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Opening night – Me on mini-pies duty (photo by Scott Kershaw)

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Mantelpiece silhouettes (photo by Peter Martin)