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Review : Camden Market


The Camden markets are a number of markets in Camden Town centred around Camden Lock, a wide range of items are sold including crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac and fast food. Camden Market is one of London’s most popular visitor attraction attracting around 100,000 people each weekend.

One of the original markets in Camden Town was operated in Inverness Street at the beginning of the 20th century which provided basic foodstuffs for the local population. In the 1970s, a small weekly crafts market began to operate every Sunday near Camden Lock. This market developed into a large complex of markets in a mixture of stalls and fixed premises. These markets originally operated on Sundays only, which continues to be the main trading day. Many of the traders open on Saturdays to make it a weekend market, a small number of traders in fixed premises do operate throughout the week.

The main markets include :

Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock Market is situated next to the Regent’s Canal on a site formerly occupied by warehouses connected with the canal. By the 1970s, the small crafts market became a well-known local attraction that attracted shoppers to the location. Eventually, the range of goods widened with stalls selling books, new and second-hand clothing, and jewellery, in recent years it has attracted a wide range of street food stalls.

The Stables Market

The Stables Market is located in the historic former stables and a Grade II listed horse hospital, many of the stalls and shops are located in large arches within railway viaducts. Stables Market has a number of clothes stalls, furniture and antiques.

Buck Street Market

With ‘The Camden Market’ sign over the Buck Street Market it is often considered the heart of the market, this outdoor market focusing almost exclusively on clothes.

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Inverness Street Market

The oldest street market in Camden still continues to have traders selling their wares but food and vegetables stalls have almost disappeared.

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The Camden markets attract large numbers of young people attracted by clothing and art pieces for alternative sub-cultures. The market has attracted independent designers and dealers specialising in unusual items especially fashion and music items. The late Amy Winehouse made her name in Camden in the various music establishments, to honour this connection, the market has a statue of the singer.

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Due to the popularity of the markets, the large visitor numbers at the weekends has led to the Camden tube station to  restrict Sunday afternoon access to incoming passengers only in order to prevent dangerous overcrowding of the narrow platforms. Visitors can use the nearby Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent stations which are not subject to restrictions

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Camden Market Opening Times

Camden Market is usually open every day from 10am – 6pm

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Review – Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits Exhibition at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station from January 16th to February 7th 2016

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The Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is the location for an exhibition by one of America’s leading photographers with the opening of Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition.

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

Wapping is known for its maritime connections and Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is an important relic of London’s industrial past which attracted the photographer, Leibovitz said: “It was so exciting to find Wapping Station here – we were looking for places that were unusual.”

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

Women: New Portraits includes photographs of the likes of Amy Winehouse, Michelle Obama, Adele, Taylor Swift, Jane Goodall, Sheryl Sandberg, Cindy Sherman, Caitlyn Jenner, Amy Schumer and Aung San Suu Kyi and is a collection that focuses on “women of outstanding achievement” and is a continuation of Women, a project that Annie Leibovitz began over 15 years ago in collaboration with writer Susan Sontag.

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

The exhibition features new photographs and work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs. In collaboration with UBS , a series of free learning programmes will accompany the exhibition which will explore ways of seeing through photography and working with young people in local schools and communities.

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Annie Liebovitz, New York City, 2012 © Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970 and in the past four decades as built up a great reputation based on a series of well-known portraits for Vanity Fair, Vogue and numerous other publications. Famous portraits include John Lennon and Yoko Ono just before he was killed, Demi Moore, Queen Elizabeth II, Sting, Lady Gaga and more recently Caitlyn Jenner.

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Laura Poitras, New York City, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz WOMEN New Portraits Exhibition
Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,16 Jan – 7  Feb

A walk around the exhibition allows you to appreciate the wide and diverse range of work and styles of one of the best known photographers in the world.  The run down industrial setting with large screens  provide an interesting backdrop to the exhibition and offers plenty of incentive to make the trip into London Docklands. The exhibition is free and will run from January 16th to February 7th 2016.

Annie Leibovitz’s new photographs, which have been commissioned by UBS, will be shown in 10 cities over the next 12 months. The tour starts in London before moving to Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Visitor Information

January 16th – February 7th 2016

Admission to the exhibition is free

Exhibition opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Address:

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,

Wapping Wall,

London E1W 3SL:

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information about the exhibition, visit the UBS website here

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Exhibition Review : Marlene Dumas (The Image as Burden) at the Tate Modern – 5 February to 10 May 2015,

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Whilst Marlene Dumas is considered one of the most prominent painters of her generation, she also remains relatively unknown to the general public. However, the artist’s profile is certain to be raised by Tate Modern’s large-scale survey which is the most significant exhibition of her work ever to be held in Europe, charting her career from the early 1970s to the present. The show brings together over 100 of her most important and iconic paintings and drawings, her experimental collaged works and her most recent canvases.

Born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa, Dumas moved to the Netherlands in 1976, where she came to prominence in the mid-1980s. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs.

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The title of the exhibition is taken from The Image as Burden 1993, a small painting depicting one figure carrying another. In many ways this is the theme of many of Dumas’s works, she never paints directly from life but works from images from other media especially photographs. Many of the images are torn from newspapers and magazines and represent a particular image, Dumas takes the image as a starting point and then creates her own narrative around it.

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Her subjects are drawn from a wide range of  public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell and  Princess Diana. The results are often quite disturbing creating grotesque representations of the human figure stripped of their more usual persona.

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Being South African by birth, it is perhaps natural that Dumas’s portraits of Black people are given a particular emphasis, however this  underplays the complexity and ambiguity of her approach.

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Some of her work is openly political, she recently was shown at an exhibition in Russia and included a series  of portraits of notable homosexual men from the 19th and 20th century, many who were persecuted for their sexual preference.

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Her paintings about the Middle East may be seen as political statements but many deal with more universal themes such as death. loss and tragedy.

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In the late 1990s, Dumas explored the naked figure in a variety of poses, some of the more pornographic images show how the artist plays with the viewers perceptions. In the picture, Fingers 1999, the explicit pose shows no female genitalia at all.

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A series of paintings entitled For Whom the Bell Tolls deals with loss and in part was a response to the death of her mother in 2007. Here a number of well-known faces and images show grief in all its guises, in one of the paintings, Ingrid Bergman stares tearfully into the distance.

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The exhibition covers the whole of Marlene Dumas’s career and shows the whole range of works from the 1970s to the present day. What will surprise many people is that the artist is not more widely known, her interesting and intriguing  body of work deserves a wider audience.

This exhibition offers an opportunity for many to become acquainted with Dumas’s work and consider her position as one of the  most prominent painters of her generation.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

Marlene Dumas – Tate Modern: Exhibition

5 February  – 10 May 2015
Adult £16.00 (without donation £14.50)
Concession £14.00 (without donation £12.70)
No booking fees with this exhibition
Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian). Family tickets available by telephone or in the gallery.

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