So Soho does seem like it’s becoming a popular spot these days. Not that it wasn’t popular before of course, it is after all one of the most visited tourist destinations in London.
I am of course talking about the urban art scene and following a few events recently it seems like we’ve been here a fair bit, Art Heist being just the latest such event featuring some of the street art scenes most popular artists.
Taking place inside the Circle tattoo parlour it’s not the most obvious place in the World for an art exhibition, but the place has got form, it’s well used to hosting them so don’t be put off by the exterior.
The curators are two friends of ours here on the blog, Sara Farrell from Sugar for my Soul and Bablu Miah from Trapped in Zone One. Both are stalwarts of the urban art scene in London so it’s pretty good to see them collaborate on their inaugural show together.
For Bablu it represented his first show and something that he’d been wanting to do for a while “to be honest it was a breeze” he told me. “Whenever I had a question, Sara always had an answer, whether it be about marketing, sponsorship or even the venue. There is nothing that Sara doesn’t know and that is why curating Art Heist was such a fun experience for me.”
The name Art Heist came from the shows original location in Hatton Gardens. Just round the corner from where indeed there had been an audacious bank heist earlier in the year. The venue fell through alas and Soho became the location which perhaps was just as well judging by the reaction from the private view.
“I was all calm up throughout the entire project” Bablu told me despite having to change venues at the last minute. “Until we opened door on the Preview Night, only then did it actually hit me that Art Heist was the real deal and people are actually here to see an art show which I had planned to do for nearly a year. It was a great experience, and no doubt we will be putting on more shows in 2016.”
Art Heist runs from 29 October 2015 to 15 November 2015 at the Circle tattoo parlour, 21 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GP. The show was curated by Sara Farell and Bablu Miah.
Art Heist Gallery