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Imagine a situation where the artists have continued to spread further east and now inhabit the invented ‘Eastenders’ landscape.  The gentrification of an area is soon to follow artists, so what comes next, the Queen Vic to serve up posh organic beer & cider, overpriced cupcakes being sold at the cafe, or perhaps Beale's Plaice serving gourmet fish and chips?

The gallery space will be transformed into Albert Square complete with market stall, The Queen Vic and Bridge St café.  The square will be festooned with bunting, Union Jacks and monarchy memorabilia to reflect the celebration of the Queens Jubilee in a traditional street party.  Works of art responding to the merriment of the occasion and changing face of the area will be adorning the walls of the square.

And no street party is complete without the iconic trestle table, decorated with national pride and lined with tasty treats – in this case pens and paper plates on which to serve up your own food for thought.  A utopian vision of hope and renewal, or of exclusion and marginalization.. you decide!

A-side B-side are pleased to announce the new residents of Walford, including Bishi’s new album ‘Albion Voice’ as the judicious soundtrack to the show:

Alice Gabb | Bishi & Matthew Hardern | Chantal Powell | Harry Pye & Marcus Cope | Icecreamvanman | Josie McCoy | Juliette Bunce | Pure Evil | Sonia Blair | Twinkle Troughton | Warren Garland

For the opening night only our ‘on site’ café, The Russet aka ‘Beales Plaice’, will be offering a delicious set menu providing a modern take on the humble fish and chip supper:

“Fish and chip sellers used to be on the lowest rungs of society, cooking up fish discards as Dickens penned, ‘husky chips of potatoes, fried with some reluctant drops of oil’. As fishing techniques and trawling developed, fish prices dropped to become the nations favourite dish. This has since changed to Chicken Tikka Masala and as our seas have become over fished and over-regulated, fish has now become more of a luxury item.  Beale's Plaice may not have as good a name as some of the other chippies out there: ‘The Batter Plaice’, ‘A Salt and Battery’, ‘The Codfather’ and ‘The Frying Scotsman’ but now the artists have moved into Walford, the food being served is certainly a most delightful surprise

Albert Square