Street Art group show
AIDA • ALO • JOHN ATHERTON • BRK192 • BROKEN FINGAZ • BOB MOTOWN • HIN • MJAR • NOBODY • PAKAL • SNOE • 616
Opening Thursday 29th May 6pm to 9pm
Friday 30th to Sunday 1st June from 12noon to 7pm
At Shoreditch Church (St. Leonard's )
Shoreditch High Street
SUBURBS OF SIN
Legend holds that Shoreditch was originally named "Shore's Ditch", after Jane Shore, "the merriest, the wiliest, and the holiest harlots" by her lover King Edward IV. She is supposed to have been buried in a ditch near where Shoreditch Chuch stands.
Fifty years after Jane's death, two theaters were built here. The Theatre, the very first English playhouse, was followed one year later by The Curtain. Beyond the northern boundary of the City of London and thus outside the jurisdiction of civil authorities, Shoreditch (notorious for licentious behavior, brothels and gaming houses) gained the name: Suburbs of Sin. It is in this time of Shakespeare acting here, and several of his plays having their initial performance, when Shoreditch also became London's first theatrical and entertainment district. The most vibrant and creative area in London. All kinds of artists hung around the Theater and The Curtain, both a stone’s throw away from St. Leonard’s, which became the actors’ church. Much of the Elizabethan theatrical fraternity including the first Romeo, lies buried in the medieval church under the crypt where Shakespeare placed the final scene of his tragic play.
A Christian setting from Roman times, the beautiful St. Leonard’s and its colorful parish, have been witness to the changes in the area for many centuries and their efforts in saving souls and helping the community (even the Spanish Armada) come from far. And of course they support art too.
Perhaps it is that art is the real soul of Shoreditch. That this hub of creativity is why we want to be here. And maybe art is what saves us, what make us alive. Our cult. Our religion.
Suburbs of Sin wants to pay attention to creativity, and the act of creation: the starting points of a piece, the genesis. The holy moment when the piece, from an idea, comes to life. In these times of extreme commercialization of art as a product, Fun Factory wants to celebrate originality, and the amazing creative talent of the artists that we are so lucky to work with.
P.S.: For the ones who don't know where the church is, it's the beautiful building with nice gardens next to the George and Dragon ;))