Category Archives: Rise Gallery

‘I’ll paint Kate Moss. Just pay me this time,’ says artist

In the latest twist to the saga surrounding the town centre’s Churchill mural, the artist who painted it claims he was never paid by the council-backed gallery who commissioned him. By KEN TOWL David Hollier, the artist who painted the … Continue reading

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Call to remove Churchill mural puts Labour council on spot

Council leader Tony Newman doesn’t tend to enjoy having his judgement called into question, but a councillor-backed petition to remove the image of the wartime leader from the side of a town centre building appears to do just that, as … Continue reading

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TV expert slams ‘tricky art dealer’ and ‘gullible’ council leader

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on some withering criticism of the borough’s street art from a leading social commentator Jonathan Meades, the widely respected commentator, has called Croydon Council leader Tony Newman “laughably gullible” and described the street art which … Continue reading

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Council assisted £80,000 sponsorship for bankrupted art dealer

Having traded for years on his association with street artist Banksy, a gallery owner landed tens of thousands of pounds in public money for an arts festival promoting his business – even as he was being declared bankrupt by the … Continue reading

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Banksy warns: do not trade with this Croydon art dealer

When Bansky’s largest ever art installation was unveiled on Church Street earlier this month, one of the first to appear on the scene to try to claim some undeserved credit for the street artist’s appearance in Croydon was the council … Continue reading

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The writing’s on the wall for Croydon’s artful dodger

WANDLE WANDERER: Art fan KEN TOWL set off on another walk this weekend, but this time in the town centre, where one of the lowlights was a limited edition, £20,000 balloon dog shitting balloon shit From the town that brought you … Continue reading

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Gallery owner to face questions at movie club’s screening

BELLA BARTOCK, our resident art critic, previews the movie schedule for May at South Norwood’s thriving Screen25 film club Film-goers – and Croydon residents – will get a chance to ask Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison some detailed questions about his Rise Gallery’s … Continue reading

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National Trust Brutalism walking tours, Mar 3-24

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Works from dozen artists on display in Warhol Croydon

Thirty years after the death of Andy Warhol, and Croydon is the venue for an exhibition devoted to the artist’s work and influence.

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Negrini refuses questions on latest £1.4bn Westfield delays

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on the continuing and protracted wait for multi-billion-pound developers to submit their finalised plans for the town centre A planning committee meeting scheduled for the Town Hall for tonight specifically to review the revised plans … Continue reading

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This is what £12,500 of council money pays towards at MIPIM

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, went undercover last week, and disguised as Charles Aznavour he sneaked into the London Pavilion at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes to find out what was being said, apparently on behalf of the people … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Gavin Barwell, Growth Zone, Jo Negrini, Planning, Queens Gardens, Rise Gallery, Taberner House, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Watson’s shambolic meeting leaves Surrey Street in the dark

£10,000 That’s how much Mark Watson, the councillor in charge of the gentrification project around Surrey Street, reckons it has cost to install the first piece of “street art” on the footbridge that crosses the old street market. And this … Continue reading

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‘A spruple hello could lead to a Millran hinge’. But is it art?

When does vandalism become “street art”? Is it only when Croydon Council says so? That’s a question which has been raised this week by the South Norwood Tourist Board, and which seems likely to be brought up at tonight’s public … Continue reading

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Free beer on the council! Croydon goes on the piss at MIPIM

Croydon Council’s desperation to suck-up to multi-billion-pound property speculators in order to pimp out large swathes of the borough sees them offering free beer to anyone and everyone at next month’s “booze and hooker fest” that is the annual MIPIM … Continue reading

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Negrini heads council team to MIPIM’s ‘booze and hooker fest’

The PR flunkies putting together Croydon Council’s delegation to next month’s “booze and hooker fest” in the South of France are refusing to say who is paying for the junket. WALTER CRONXITE reports Croydon will be one of 16 London … Continue reading

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Exclusion of Dog and Bull throws more light on market mess

That’s the problem when you hold public meetings – the public might actually express some opinions. WALTER CRONXITE on how poorly presented plans for Surrey Street appear to be unravelling already Less than 48 hours after senior councillor Mark Watson … Continue reading

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Councillor has had 300 books taken from book ‘exchange’

A senior Croydon councillor told a Town Hall meeting last night that he had donated 300 books to a book “exchange” in Surrey Street, and that they had all been taken and never replaced or exchanged. “I’m hoping that some … Continue reading

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Punk designer’s art work goes on display with £1m price tag

It is 40 years in November since the release of “Anarchy In The UK” announced the screaming, spitting arrival of Punk. Greil Marcus, the American cultural critic, wrote vividly that in the Sex Pistols’ debut single release, John Lydon spewed … Continue reading

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Car park gallery will force drivers to use Hammersfield spaces

Bit by bit, the Whitgift and Westfield takeover of the town centre continues, aided and abetted as usual by our pliant councillors. It has been announced – via a news report in Architects’ Journal – that part of the Fairfield … Continue reading

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RSA to stage talk on the arts at Braithwaite Hall, Apr 14

The Braithwaite Hall is staging an evening of talks on April 14 about the regenerative influence of the arts, organised by the Royal Society for the Arts. The event is free, and according to the RSA, “the main speaker will … Continue reading

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