Last Thursday, Group Chairman Chris Currell, along with Director of New Homes Matt Cobb, attended the BOLD magazine event to celebrate their 9th issue.

BOLD magazine is an annual publication that highlights the work of regeneration organisations within the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, as well as celebrating its culture and history.

The event brought together a diverse mix of attendees from various housing developers and local organisations. Special guest speakers included photographer David Bailey CBE, Robert Wilkinson from Countryside Properties, Max Farrell of Farrells, and captain of West Ham United FC, Mark Noble.

“At the moment we are seeing an exciting time in the history of Barking and Dagenham, with an ambitious target to provide housing of all tenures throughout the borough,” said Chris Currell. “The event was a great opportunity to meet and engage with major stakeholders as well as other members of the wider community.”

The latest issue of the magazine includes a feature on Eastbury Manor House, the rich feminist history of Barking and Dagenham, the borough’s film heritage, sporting heroes and more.

To get a free copy of the magazine, click here.

 

Last night saw the first of two private views of some of the Currell Collection’s photographic works. The Currell Collection is the personal art collection of Currell’s founders, Anne and Chris Currell.

The doors of our Islington office on Upper Street opened last night for a showcase of some excellent photography. Jack Latham, who had works on display from both of his photobooks, Sugar Paper Theories and A Pink Flamingo, gave a truly gripping talk about the inspiration behind his latest collection.

Jack Latham’s Sugar Paper Theories won the Bar Tur Photobook Award in 2016 and was co-published by The Photographers’ Gallery and Here Press. It is a mixture of original photographs and archival photography/other documentary materials that explores the fundamental nature of photography. It questions photography’s defining principles of truth and objectivity in light of the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case, one of Iceland’s most prolific and controversial murder cases. Find out more about the collection (and the case) here.

David Gwinnutt, senior valuer for Currell Residential, also had some work on display – three portraits from his 1980s archives. David is renowned for documenting the rising stars of London’s queer scene in the 80s, and was voted 16th on the Independent’s Pink List of the top 100 most influential gay people in Britain today after he created the Pink Jack – a symbol of modern Britain and gay pride.

Brett Rogers OBE, the Director of The Photographers’ Gallery since 2005, also gave a talk about the institution. The Photographers’ Gallery is widely recognised as being instrumental in establishing photography as a leading art form in the UK.

To see more work in the Currell Collection, take a look at the website here, or pop into our Islington office to see the photographic works.

This weekend, we were delighted to host The Hackney Society’s ‘50 Photographs of Hackney’ exhibition at one of our new homes developments in London Fields, Quadra.

The exhibition was a huge success, and because of this the exhibition will run for a further week to meet demand. It will be available to view from Tuesday-Friday this week at 91 Lansdowne Drive, E8 3HD.

The collection features images of day-to-day life around the borough – with the people and places that make Hackney so great. Limited edition prints will be on sale, with all proceeds going towards the funding of the Hackney Society’s work.

The Hackney Society is a membership organisation of Hackney residents and friends that was formed in 1967 to involve and support local people in the conservation and regeneration of Hackney’s built environment and public spaces.

For more information on Quadra and Currell see our website. More information about The Hackney Society can be found here.

This Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August from 10am-5pm, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, The Hackney Society will be showcasing their ’50 Photographs of Hackney’ exhibition. This will complement Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967-2017, which is to be published soon.

The exhibition will be taking place at one of our latest new homes developments, Quadra, at 91 Lansdowne Drive, E8 3HD. This exclusive collection of over 55s apartments is adjacent to London Fields. All apartments have views across the park.

Limited edition prints will be on sale, with proceeds going towards the funding of the Hackney Society’s work.

Last night, Currell held a fantastic wine tasting evening in our Islington branch. The event was hosted by local wine connoisseur and author of Essential Wine Tasting, Michael Schuster.

The event was such a success, guests were still enjoying themselves past midnight, with delicious food and a selection of eight wines to sample. Sarah Curtis, Assistant Manager at Currell Islington, said:

Michael Schuster was very informative & the selection of wines we tasted were very interesting. The committee catered for the evening and the food was delicious.”

In total, a terrific £1,688 was raised. All proceeds will go towards the vital work that the NSPCC does for children. To find out more, see their website.

Last night, Highbury Grove School and Samuel Rhodes School celebrated their fifth annual Art Exhibition.

This event started five years ago, with the introduction of the Currell Art Award. This award is for GCSE level students to assist with their ‘aim high’ standards. The top three winners received £100, £50, and £25 worth of art vouchers.

1st prize winner from Highbury Grove, Aamnah Nehim, with her work

Last year, Cowling & Wilcox, local art suppliers based on Holloway Road, stepped in to support the schools and to provide a large art prize for the top winner.

Three years ago, Samuel Rhodes School, a special needs school adjacent to Highbury Grove, also got involved. James Neilson, the manager at our Islington branch, said:

“Currell are now in the fifth year and the standard of artwork just seems to get better and better each year. It is a pleasure to see the pupils cuddling the trophy and the big smiles.

The standard of the work was certainly very high – we were very impressed, and wish all the pupils the best of luck with their future projects.

The winners from Samuel Rhodes School

2nd place winner Poppy Rawlings’ striking piece

3rd place winner Alfie Gunter accepting his prize

Currell are pleased to have sponsored the Victoria Park bandstand for four years.

We’ve already seen some fabulous events this year, like the Great Get Together last Sunday – but there’s even more fantastic entertainment planned this summer. Take a look at what’s coming up:

25th June               Enemy of The Lion, Victoria Park Singers KIX Big Band
2nd July                  LGBT Pride Picnic with WTW Big Band
30th July                 WTW Big Band Graham Pike Quartet
5th August               Great Day Out – London Met Brass & London Saxophone Choir
13th August             Stepney Supper Club
20th August             Heart of Hackney – Mini Festival
27th August             London Metropolitan Brass
3rd September         East London Late Starters Orchestra & the Broken Swing Band

 

For further details, please email contact@victoriaparkfriendsgroup.co.uk or visit the website

On Wednesday 12th July 2017, local wine tasting connoisseur and author of Essential Wine Tasting, Michael Schuster, will be coming to Currell to host a fabulous wine tasting evening.

The event will be held at Currell Residential, 321 Upper Street, London N1 2XQ. The tasting will consist of a selection of eight wines, followed by a light supper and wine, and there will also be a raffle.

Tickets cost £50 – all proceeds from the event will be used to fund the NSPCC’s vital work for children.

If you are interested in attending, do not hesitate to get in touch with Alison Samuel on alison@samuel-family.co.uk or by phone on 07973620372.

There are still a few tickets left for next Tuesday’s NPSCC Literary Lunch. This popular annual event, which includes a two-course lunch and a features a guest speaker, will be held at the newly opened Radici restaurant opposite the Almeida Theatre.

Meg Rosoff was educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College of Art in London, and worked in New York for ten years before moving to England in 1989. She worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now in 2004. Since then, she has won or been shortlisted for 22 international book prizes.  Her most recent works are Jonathan Unleashed for adults, Beck with Mal Peet for teens and Good Dog McTavish, her debut novel for pre-teens.

Tickets are £45 including lunch & wine and can be reserved by contacting Alison Samuel at alison@samuel-family.co.uk or call 07973620372, or Sarah Curtis s.curtis@currell.com on 020 7226 4200. The lunch is on 23rd May, from 12 noon to 2.30.

Currell is a long-term supporter of the NSPCC. The main sponsor of this year’s Literary Lunch is Joelson.

The 25th Annual Quiz Evening for the NSPCC Islington branch took place on the 25th March at Islington Town Hall and was a brilliant success, raising £10,000.

Currell have been dedicated sponsors of the event for 20 years and this year saw 190 guests walk through the door, the best attendance since 2012.

Clive Anderson, award-winning broadcaster and comedy writer hosted the event and kept guests entertained through seven difficult rounds.

With Easter in sight, it wasn’t a surprise that the chocolate round was deemed most popular. It was clearly thirsty work, as over the course of the evening they managed to drink the bar dry… twice!

Overall it was a wonderful evening for a fantastic cause.

To find out more about NSPCC Islington and their work please visit their website here