Thursday, 28 November 2013
December Launch: Hotel Elephant Gallery.
Friday 13th December ‘13, 6-9pm.
18 Newington Causeway
Hotel Elephant Gallery is thrilled to announce the launch of its new shop and coffee bar on Newington Causeway, SE1.
In this new space Hotel Elephant Gallery will provide a platform and shop window for Southwark designer-makers and artists, giving them the opportunity to sell their work in their neighbourhood. We will also be including works by makers from outside the borough. Hotel Elephant Gallery hopes this will forge the beginnings of a diverse network of artists and makers from across London enriching the cultural life of the Elephant and Castle.
The shop will be open daily, where visitors can enjoy a coffee, browse and purchase artworks. This intimate space will host a range of events catering for the local residents, students and newcomers to the area; complimenting and running alongside the programme of exhibitions and events held in Hotel Elephant’s 15,000sqft gallery, event & hireable space, also located on Newington Causeway.
Hotel Elephant Gallery will provide training opportunities for young people with an interest in pursuing higher education or a career in the arts.
On the 13th of December, 6-9pm, Hotel Elephant is inviting visitors to join them for a drink, enjoy some musical and celebrate arts and culture within Southwark.
Hotel Elephant to expand community work at “The Butterfly” in Southwark Town Hall development.
Southwark based not-for-profit business Hotel Elephant has announced it plans to expand its community work by opening a café gallery in the proposed development of Southwark Town Hall.
Reuben Powell, long term local resident, artist and director of Hotel Elephant says ”It is an amazing opportunity for us to be able to develop our cultural activities in Southwark and provide something new for Camberwell”.
Hotel Elephant aims to broaden access to cultural activities across the borough; it is established as an art gallery and cultural venue in Elephant and Castle working with local artists, schools and universities, hosting arts events, festivals and exhibitions. It will be opening a vibrant new café gallery in Camberwell named The Butterfly, on the ground floor of the old town hall building.
The Butterfly (taking its name from the Camberwell Beauty, the rare species of local butterfly) will open seven days a week as a café. The interior will reflect the Edwardian past of the building, incorporating many existing elements and “utilitarian grandeur” says Reuben: “I want visitors to the Butterfly to have a sense of discovering something”.
More importantly it will be a platform for the arts. The Butterfly hopes to meet the needs of the local artistic community; as a shop window for local designer makers, an exhibition venue for local students and artists, a venue for poetry and literature and an occasional cinema. The aim is to bring as broad a cross-section of the local community under one roof as possible.
The café will provide around 10 jobs and have a training capacity focusing on young people and marginalised groups within the community.
“Culture is the glue that holds communities together. By sharing experiences, opinions, even coffee, people are brought closer together. The Butterfly will be so much more than a café!”
The development of Southwark Town Hall, 31 Peckham Road, is a planning application proposed by student housing provider Alumno Developments. The old town hall building will be refurbished alongside a completely new, purpose built theatre building for Theatre Peckham on Havil Street. In addition to The Butterfly café, the proposal includes 149 student rooms and affordable artists’ studios.
Information about the Southwark Town Hall development proposals at www.31peckhamroad.co.uk.
Monday, 18 November 2013
We are very excited about our new shopfront gallery space which will be opening shortly.
This old Victorian shop will be used to promote and sell work primarily by Southwark based Designer Makers, Artist and Illustrators etc.
Watch this space for details on when we will be opening!
Hotel Elephant's new space on Newington Causeway, SE1.
Our new space comprises of two warehouse space's - one which has been tuned into a gallery & cinema space, with large back projection screen. The second has been left as a bare industrial space.
Both space's are available to hire and are suitable for exhibitions, events, workshops, rehearsals, filming etc.
Friday, 15 November 2013
Elefest 2013 at Hotel Elephant's new building - Two warehouse space's on Newington Causeway - was a roaring success!
Here is a collection of photo's of the exciting event's we hosted as part of the festival.
Photo's courtesy of Elefest and © Ben Fisher.