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.
Last weekend the Currell football team took part in the Centrepoint 5-a-side football tournament, which aimed to raise awareness and money to help give young homeless people a brighter future. Amongst the corporate teams fighting it out were teams made up of young people who Centrepoint help through their work in London.
An all-round great day and well done to the Currell boys who helped raise money for a very worthy cause.
Match report by Sam Turley:
After a few late dealings in the transfer window it was a new look Currell football team taking part in the 2014 Centrepoint 5-a-side competition. The boys were noticeably nervous going into the competition but performed really well throughout.
The line-up included:
Jon ‘Terry’ Vidal, Benn ‘Zizou’ Clements, Michael ‘The glass wall’ Paul, Garrie ‘Dracula’ Mayers (scared of crosses), Charlie ‘Crouch’ Benyon, Jason ‘Mr Emotional’ Garton, Abidoun ‘Magic’ Bailey
In the tense group stages the Currell lads remained unbeaten, winning four and drawing one. A high point for the team was stuffing Hurford Salvi Carr by 8-0, in what was considered the thrashing of the tournament.
A very tense quarter final resulted in a slim victory for Currell. The lads triumphed over PBC London who put up a great fight but fell to a mighty strike from Benn Clements.
Carrying this momentum into the Semi Final the team were in a rambunctious mood as they put 9 goals past group rivals, AOL Athletic. The latticks simply ran out of gas and were punished by Currell’s finishing prowess.
The Final was a tight affair with the game ending in a 2-2 draw after extra time, the dreaded penalty shootout. The Currell boys admitted they did practice these pre-competition but this late on in the contest it really can go either way. Unfortunately, Latham Watkins came out on top as Jon ‘Terry’ Vidal put his penalty wide and the rest as they say is history.
Worthy finalists but in the infamous words of Tiger Woods “second place is just first loser”. Better luck next year!
If you happen to be walking past our office at 321 Upper Street this August make sure you check out the fantastic art project ‘People’s Museum’ in our window, courtesy of the talented artists of Highbury Grove School.
The project was initially managed by a Year Eight specialist school of students. Towards the end of term they were collecting objects and photographing their environment to show alternative viewpoints, to document their day to day lives and their immediate surroundings. This visual research will form the basis of two exhibits by the group; US and HERE.
People’s Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street
The composite image in our window, inspired by Peter Blake, represents the variety of information gathered and the techniques used. Thank you to all the pupils who took part in producing this amazing display for us, make sure you pop down and pay us a visit!
by Guest Blogger Tim Folland
Chloe & Tim getting stuck in on Dalston Bridge Day
On the 23rd of July I attended the Dalston Bridge Charity event, alongside other Currell Staff, bar managers from Dalston superstore and other Dalston Bridge advocates. The aim of the day was to give our fundraisers an indication of where their fundraising efforts go and hopefully inspire them to become fundraising ambassadors within their Dalston based businesses.
Our first visit was to the Bootstrap Campus. Bootstrap rent out their spaces to creative industries and use this money to fund placements for local unemployed kids. The placements aim to confidence build, whilst improving the students’ technical knowledge to pursue events training or other roles within the creative industry.
The next stop was Circle Sports, a new sports shop selling both big brands and local designers. Circle Sports use its profits to pay for placements for unemployed and uneducated individuals, who often lack confidence. At the end of the placement, Circle Sports help with interview practice and get involved with the job hunting process.
Finally we headed to Hackney Pirates. The Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney, so that they can achieve both in school and in the world beyond. The work they do there is great and their premises on Kingsland Road is incredibly special.
Kelly, Chloe, Brad and Tim at the Hackney Pirates on Kingsland Road
The Dalston Bridge charity prides itself on tapping into the creativity of the area and its thriving social scene. This is well reflected in the local ethos of the Dalston community; residents seem proud to support each other.
Chloe, from our Hackney office said:
“Dalston Bridge is a way of bringing people together from all walks of life to form a better community. The day was very insightful and made me certainly think twice about the input I make to this community. It was very inspiring and has left me wanting to help in any way that I can.”
The aim of Dalston Bridge isn’t to implement a blanket approach to giving. The charities would rather help less people but make a huge difference, rather than just putting bums on seats.