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In response to the ‘pop-up’ phenomenon, A-side B-side Gallery have decided to go permanent.

A-side B-side is a gallery, project space and studios situated in the heart of the cutting edge complex:

The Hackney Downs Studios on Amhurst Terrace.

As a multi-functioning space, we also host events, run art classes and provide master class

workshops. Our studios house a collective of both emerging and established artists whilst supporting

ambitious collaborations within an experimental and evolving creative space.

A-side B-side will launch their 2012 exhibition programme with a dynamic and well-timed show featuring the work of four British artists, Claire Douglass, Hannah Brown, Josephine Chimes and Alex Daw all who are inordinately connected with Hackney.

In reflection of the many aspects of A-side B-side, the launch night will be an eclectic mix of live

music, a show-stopping exhibition, locally brewed ale and last but not least, the unveiling of the Spy

Hole Gallery complete with 1:250 scale art. It will be a celebration of a brand new venture and the

showcasing of the space.

A-side B-side is the brainchild of artists Catherine Magnani and Tinsel Edwards, who once shared

a studio within a derelict cinema off Hoxton Square before it sadly closed its doors and fell into the

hands of the developers. After being out of touch for some time, last Autumn they had a fortuitous

meeting that led to discussions about wanting to set up a gallery and studios in Hackney, not only

for artists to use but equally be far reaching into their surrounding community. Wanting to establish

an environment for all budding creatives to be included and represented, their plans grew and

A-side B-side was formed.

Catherine is a British artist with interests in Psychogeography and art of a liminal nature. She has completed several residencies, facilitated art workshops and is now making a body of work to be exhibited later this year.

Tinsel’s paintings comment on a wide variety of contemporary social and political issues. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows across the UK and Europe, including OCCCA in LA, Banksy’s infamous ‘Santas Ghetto’ in London, and ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ in Poland, amongst many, curatorial projects including ‘Punk’: a large group show which toured to Hamburg.

The Launch