New Year’s Eve : The End of an Era at Rockwell House

On New Year’s Eve Rockwell Host will be hosting the last official party within the building which has been our home of the past 4 years. It has been journey of many ups and downs, twists and turns, but what a ride. In typical Endoftheline and Rockwell style the night will feature many of our musical and artistic friends and fam, it should be a snapshot of our best and brightest and a special night of unique showcases.Please see the Facebook event and find advance tickets for £15 below:

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook : http://on.fb.me/1zFBaFx

Get your advance Event Tickets here : http://bit.ly/1ydIb2e

As you may or may not know the land that Rockwell House sits on and much of the surrounding area is due to house a mixed use development with 40 storey residential block and 2 office buildings. Please see the article excerpt below for more details. This is part of the wide-spread gentrification and re-development of Shoreditch and it’s surrounding areas, Bishopsgate Goods Yard, Old Street Roundabout, King John Carpark the list goes on. Bizarrely the article also mentions that this scheme will ‘transform a significant, disused site in Hackney’, which isn’t entirely true given that the area has housed and currently houses many different businesses from design firms, artists, a gym, dance studios, film production companies, map makers and more. It’s saddening to note that the very people who’ve made this area interesting are now being pushed out in the name of progress.

Rockwell House itself was a previously squatted space that was originally the home of an import export company until it went bankrupt in 2009, it was then squatted and was lying empty prior to us taking on the lease of the building. When Jim and I first took the building on it was in a huge sticky mess, we spent just 10 weeks building, cleaning, rewiring, scraping, sanding, lugging plasterboard up 4 flights of stairs, and taking 10 tonnes of rubbish out to get it to a rentable and useable point.

This was just the beginning, the second phase was to rent the spaces we had, then to finish our photographic studio with infinity cove and finally to set up the roof as initially a shoot space and then a fully licensed venue. Special shouts to Dean Zeus Colman, Tom Mansfield, Toby Summerskill, Mylon, Chu-i, Rich Edmondson, our builder Terry and his merry crew, last but by no means least a huge shout to my partner and compadre Jim Vision without whom it would not have been possible. It was a huge task and a big risk to take on a space of this size (5,500 square feet) but somehow we managed it, with brute force, many tears and a lot of hard work and helpful friends.

Since then it has been the home to many small businesses and hosted art classes, cinema nights, charity events, music events and more. Endoftheline set up the building in 2010 and have used the building as a project space for many of the artists, and different creatives within our network including musicians, designers and film makers. Read more about Rockwell on the main site: www.rockwellhouse.co

This year alone the roof has hosted, to name a few, many Los Exiles Cuban nights, the Fresh Cuts Series, Save the Bees, Scrawl Collective, Shakespeare from the Malachite Theatre and numerous live painting events including Give Crohns a Slap from Me, 13 Coins comic launch and a special Northern Soul screening. It’s been a wonderful space to work in, and to see so many people come through and enjoy it for themselves.

The Rockwell family of past and current tenants includes:
Seam Design – Interior Architecture and Specialist lighting
ActionStations – A studio of freelance designers, website builders and illustrators
The Messrs – Video makers and directors
Design Friendship – Graphics and more
Let Us Create – Marketing Company
The Outside Collective – Creative Agency
Claimable – Claims made easy
Herb Lester – Illustrated map makers
EndoftheLine & Rockwell House shoot & event team
Art.War.Entertainment. – Awesome video makers and equipment hire
Toby Summerskill – Forever Exploring Photography
Susie Clegg – Interior Stylist
The Great Web – Great Websites
Supremebeing – The design team of our Good friends & collaborators
James Joyce – Designer turned Illustrator (the nicest man you could hope to meet)
The Cure Studio
Higginson & Hurst
We Are Photogirls – Photographers and Workshops
Caper – design, technology, & creative culture strategists

Apologies to anyone I’ve missed and to anyone I haven’t said thanks to. I will add to this as I remember anyone.

The last few years have been extremely busy, fairly taxing, with lots of change, new business streams to work out, different problems to solve and projects to take on. It’s not been without it’s difficulties but I will fondly look back at everything we managed to achieve particularly with such a small team. A huge thanks going out to our event, booking, bar, studio and social team members, Ciara, Jasmine, Tamara, Naomi, Tom and the rest, you know who you are, it certainly wouldn’t have been possible without you.

We hope you’ll take time to check Rockwell House out for one last time and usher in the New Year in style at this unique and special venue.

Article – Plough Yard Developments received planning consent for 40 storey residential tower

“The development of 385 residential units in a new 40-storey residential tower building was granted planning consent last night.

There will also be two office buildings totalling 250,000 sq ft that will serve the technology media and telecommunications sector and 50,000 sq ft of retail space, with 40 affordable houses provided off site. Plough Yard Development’s multi-million pound regeneration of a 2.5 acre site in Shoreditch will be called ‘The Plough’. The Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will designed scheme will transform a significant, disused site in Hackney and be a new major landmark on the London skyline. The scheme’s centrepiece will be a showcase of London’s second oldest Shakespearean playhouse, the 16th Century Curtain Theatre – where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed, which was discovered during archaeological investigations made at the site in 2011 ahead of the plans being created. The theatre and related finds will be excavated, preserved and exhibited in a 13,000 sq ft space including a 164-seat indoor auditorium. The site is situated between Curtain Road, Hewett Street, Plough Yard and Hearn Street, between Shoreditch and the City, pictured below. Once developed, The Stage along with Principal Place will provide a bridge between the City, Spitalfields and Shoreditch.” Exceprt from piece By William Peterson – http://www.propertymall.com/property-news/article/32909-40-floor-high-resi-tower-in-Shoreditch-gets-planning-consent

Scrawl Collective : The Triumverate

On the 4th December we will be joined by Will Barras, Steff Plaetz & Mr Jago; our favourite artists from Bristol. They will be painting live as part of their Scrawl Collective Reunion; Triumvirate. This is a rare opportunity to see these 3 Bristol legends in action. Plus to keep you fed and watered all evening we’ll have winter warmers and tasty grub on hand from the Rockwell Bar and our trusty Meatball Bros. Entry is FREE just let us know you’re coming here. More details below.

EndoftheLine host SCRAWL COLLECTIVE: TRIUMVIRATE at Rockwell House, this December!

EndoftheLine and Scrawl Collective are preparing the exhibition of the year with Will Barras, Mr Jago and Steff Plaetz. 

The art group Scrawl Collective started life in 1999. 

Founder Ric Blackshaw had just finished the book Scrawl dirty graphics and strange characters, a groundbreaking book that charted the influence of graffiti, DIY punk ethics, comic books and street art on mainstream visual culture. 

From this seminal book and it’s follow up Scrawl Too more dirt, sprang Scrawl Collective; a loose organization of street artists, illustrators and graphic designers.

Ric launched Scrawl Collective with three then relatively unknown artists, Will Barras, Mr Jago and Steff Plaetz. They had all met in the febrile atmosphere of Bristol’s burgeoning 90’s graffiti explosion and the exciting music and club scenes that provided so many artists with their first paid work. With this central trio of Barras, Jago and Plaetz, Scrawl Collective began doing live painting events quickly gaining a reputation for their playful, doodle aesthetic, collaborating with local artists and carving a niche within what was then the very early beginnings of the world wide street art scene.

2014 sees the collective celebrating 15 years of existence and to cap a year of print releases by Scrawl artists (old and new) and by collaborators from those early world travels the original Scrawl Collective three, Will Barras, Mr Jago and Steff Plaetz will be painting together for the first time since Scrawl Collectives groundbreaking Elephant Technique show in 2006.

This is a rare not to be missed chance to see these three artists do what they do best and join Scrawl Collective in celebrating a 15 year journey through the hybridisation of street art, illustration and graphics.

Alongside this visual spectacle we will have a night of music, drinks and food on the Rockwell rooftop.

Rockwell House,
10-14 Hewett Street
EC2A 3NN
6PM – 11PM

Entry FREE!

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‘Animals in the Wall’ – Williams S Burroughs exhibition – Londonewcastle

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Work by Oliver Switch 

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Work by Oliver Switch

Lasy Thursday EndoftheLine managed to catch the opening night of ‘Animals in the Wall’ which in addition to a variety of works on show from the late William S Burrough himself also featured work from contemporary artists including EOTL friend, Oliver Switch, a regular collaborator of DrZadok and Hicks54. Get down and check it out for yourself by 7th September at the Londonewcastle space.

Text From Guerilla Zoo Site:
“William S Burroughs is recognised as one of the most culturally influential writers and visionaries of the 20th Century and his legacy continues to steer world culture and creative thinking. A progenitor of the Beat Generation, his writing and ideas changed literature forever. Burroughs’ multi-media collaborations spawned new directions in film and music and his art is only now being properly discovered and explored. His works come alive in new ways each day and his legacy is constantly evolving.We are proud to announce exclusive access to a unique collection of William S Burroughs artistic works, curated by James Elphick and Yuri Zupančič.

Animals in the Wall’ exhibition showcases a new side to Burroughs’ exciting work and premieres in the artistic hub of East London before going on a two year world tour.
Featuring 40 original William S Burroughs art works including some never before shown, plus contributing artists including : 

Shepard Fairey |  Brion Gysin | Matt Black (of Coldcut)
Cleon Peterson | Ben Frost | Aaron Brookner
Yuri Zupancic | Gaston Ugalde | Terry Wilson
Jon Blumb | Mobstr | Paul Don Smith | Philip Heying
Oliver Switch | Lana Alana | Dreamachine Ft Gorilla Perfume


In addition to an exciting programme of talks, film screenings and workshops.
William S Burroughs – Animals in the Wall
Open to public from 
Friday 29th August – Sunday 7th September 2014  
11am – 7pm
Londonewcastle Project Space
28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DP
RSVP www.facebook.com/events/1506273592917797

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