THINGS TO DO | June 2016

Images by Laura Callaghan and Peas + Needles

Ready yourselves, London because open studio season is here. We’ve got a whole host of art, publishing and design festivals, workshops and exhibitions in store for you and trust us when we say you won’t find a higher quality of work anywhere else. Wave goodbye to May and the flurry of bank holiday madness and settle into June with style, grace and a new passion for the weekend. Let’s welcome the good weather, roll up our sleeves and get out there. Time’s a’wastin’.


Wednesday 1st June – 2nd July 2016

How much? Free

It’s happening, one of our very favourite illustrators and all-round badass Laura Callaghan is staging a solo show. This event takes place at KK Outlet on Hoxton Square and is not to be missed. Showcasing her watercolour pieces, original illustrations and even some textile goodness, Aspirational pokes fun at the inspirational quotes peppering newsfeeds across the world. Cue eye-rolls. Click attending here.


When? Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 2pm – 4pm

How much? Free

As part of the ELCAF Season, the brilliant brains behind the festival are working with Hackney Libraries to run free-drop in workshops with local illustrators and cartoonists. Visit Hackney Central Library to create your own three-step comic strip with Dominic Kesterton. Illustration pro Dominic wil be bringing his specially printed risograph comic panels and some individual risograph shapes for you to create your own comic book characters. Click attending here.

HACKNEY DOWNS OPEN STUDIOS at Hackney Downs Studios, Hackney

Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 6pm

How much? Free

Explore behind closed doors then party with the Hackney Showroom residents. Embark on a journey around the old printworks and discover artists, makers, illustrators, designers, potters, record labels, ice-lolly makers, gin distillers, architects, prop-makers and more. There will be installations, stalls, DJs, projections, food, drinks and dancing from NOT LIKE THAT. What are you waiting for? Click attending here.


When? Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th June 2016

How much? Free

71a presents a unique showcase of the buildings that shape our lives and give us a sense of place and belonging. The financial crisis has brought to sharp attention the importance of property, not just in this country but worldwide. A collective of photographers explore the meaning of place and home in this new show. From housing developments in Spain to post-industrial British towns, this is a stark look at the topography that surrounds us. Discover more here.

ARTY FARTY // at Base Gallery, Shoreditch

When? Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June 2016

How much? Free

A very special show by Hero of Switzerland where a talented collective take on iconic works of art. Reimagining the fine art cannon with more lols than you’ve probably bargained for, this show promises to be a good one. Do you know your Pollock from your Hockney? Find out at Base gallery and have a laugh while you attempt to decode the artworks on offer. Click attending here.

STOKE NEWINGTON LITERARY FESTIVAL at various venues, Stoke Newington

When? Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June 2016

How much? Free to £10

Stoke Newington Literary Festival returns for it’s seventh celebration of all things bookish, radical and wise. Browse, discover and attend over a weekend-long extravaganza of books, zines, talks. Enjoy hearing from local writers as they discuss food, feminism, Hackney’s heritage, punk, grime and politics. The very best that London has to offer and in a wonderful area too. Find tickets here and click attending here.

FIRST FRIDAY at The Wellcome Collection, Euston

When? Friday 3rd June 2016 at 6pm

How much? Free

Drop in after work for this month’s First Friday with exhibitions, cocktails and music from Antique Beat until late. See the highlights from the venues’ exhibitions with guidance from friendly and knowledgeable staff. Browse three fascinating exhibitions after dark and enjoy a curious cocktail in the cafe. Oh Wellcome Collection, you do spoil us. Click attending here.

CLAY COLLECTIVE OPEN STUDIO at Hackney Downs Studio, Hackney

When? Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th June 2016 at 11am – 5pm

How much? Free

Clay Collective is opening its doors for the weekend. Normally closed to the public, the Clay Collective shared studio space will be open to all for browsing, discussion and killahs from the kiln. A selection of ceramic work from 12 talented members will be on display and avaliable to buy in the studio. Bring your pennies and discover the rad power of clay. Click attending here.

LONDON PIZZA FESTIVAL at Borough Market, London Bridge

When? Sunday 5th June at 1pm – 7pm

How much? £20 to £400, kids go free

The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market. Sip Italian wine and Prosecco while you sample a lunch spread of mouth-watering pizzas and listen to the sweet sounds of the festival DJs. The day runs on a card stamp system so get your ticket, reserve a spot and tuck in. Celebrate the publication of Where To Eat Pizza: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Pizza Places in the World with The Hearth, Homelike, Rosso Pomodoro and Yard Sale Pizza. Find tickets here and click attending here.


When? Sunday 5th June 2016 at 11am – 6pm

How much? Free

Hackney Record Fair offers Londoners a chance to discover independent music labels, bands and the local DIY scene. Browse rare LPs, cassettes, music ephemera, and vintage hi-fi and pick up a few goodies for your collection. Hackney Record Fair aims to give an affordable platform to independent music labels, sellers of rare and obscure vinyl and local vinyl enthusiasts to sell their wares directly to the city’s music lovers. Click attending here.

OKIDO’S GIANT GARDEN DRAWING at Stoke Newington Church, Stoke Newington

When? Sunday 5th June 2016

How much? Free

Part of the Stoke Newington literary Festival. Join in with our favourite kids publication OKIDO Magazine as they create the largest garden drawing ever. A huge collaborative drawing for everyone to work on will be set up inside William Pattern School. Come along, bring the fam and lets see just how big we can make this illustration on the day. Click attending here.

THE LONDON ARTISAN at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Sunday 5th June 2016 and every following Sunday

How much? Free

A free makers market taking place once a week, this event is one of our favourite London hangouts. Staged at the Old Truman brewery, a Shoreditch institution surrounded by the likes of Rough Trade East, DF Mexico and a host of pop-ups and vintage stores, TLA showcases creative talent from London and beyond. Whether you’re after a screenprint, handmade card or potted plant, you’ll find it here. Find out more here.


When? Sunday 5th June 2016

How much? £20

Sign up for a Masterclass with Hato Press, together with artist Jay Wright. This one-day specialist workshop will include an introduction to Jay Wright’s drawing and image making practice, as well as printing, book-binding and publishing techniques by Hato Press. Produce your own book made up from limited edition two colour risograph prints, and contribute to an archive book which will be on display during ELCAF. Find tickets here and click attending here.


When? Wednesday 8th – Thursday 9th June 2016 at 6.30pm

How much? £99

Cultivate a perfect moment with Huck magazine and award-winning photographer Guy Martin. Respond to a brief by crafting a unique narrative, working out the technical details and discussing your project with an editorial team well-versed in publishing awe-inspiring pieces. The perfect masterclass for budding photographers at one of our favourite east London galleries, this is a very special event. Find tickets here.


When? Thursday 9th June 2016 at 10.30am – 4pm

How much? £20

Join ELCAF’s second Masterclass of the season with graphic novelist and illustrator Isabel Greenberg. Get a more in depth understanding of Isabel’s work and use this as inspiration to put together your own narrative. Starting with a series of warm up drawing games and group activities, you’ll focus on developing and completing your own narrative based on a selection of intriguing starting points. Find tickets here Click attending here.

ELCAF 2016 at The Round Chapel, Hackney

When? Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2016

How much? £10

East London Comics and Arts Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary across three days and three new venues in East London. One of the very best events in London’s creative calendar, ELCAF 2016 features an extended programme of talks, workshops and screenings by one of the most exciting international line-up of artists yet, including the likes of Adrian Tomine, Richard McGuire, Hanna K, Biografiktion, Joelle Jolivet, Vincent Mahe, Katsumi Komogata and many, many more. We’ll be there to celebrate the very best in comics, illustration and sequential art so why not join us? Find tickets hereClick attending here.

ILLUSTRATED 2016 at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2016

How much? From £10

ILLUSTRATED 2016 brings together a collection of the brightest visionaries in contemporary illustration and street art. Showcasing not only some of the biggest names in the business, but also offering a glimpse beneath the surface into tomorrow’s most promising artists. Expect workshops, seminars, music and more. We’re a bit excited. Find tickets here.

FREE RANGE at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Friday 10th June – 18th July 2016

How much? Free

The Free Range Shows are the UK’s leading destination for graduate creative talent, returning to the Old Truman Brewery this year with a stunning line-up of shows and events. The huge exhibition showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s top young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries. We’ll be sampling the delights of Britain’s most talented young artists, designers and makers and hope that you’ll join us at a few of the brilliant sessions and shows taking place across the weekend. Click attending here.

GOOD ROOTS at MC Motors, Dalston

When? Saturday 11th June 2016 at 9am – 5pm

How much? Free to £30

A new urban health and street food festival for London, Good Roots promises to be a clean, green foray into the world of wellness. Focusing on the joy of eating with all the allure of a classic street festival, this east London event features stalls, talks and workshops with the likes of  Deliciously Ella, Hemsley + Hemsley, Frame, Planet Organic and more. Find tickets here and click attending here.

ETSY CRAFT PARTY at General Assembly, Farringdon

When? Friday 17th June 2016 at 2pm – 4pm

How much? Free

Come together with your fellow crafters, and let your creative sparks fly. Each year, Etsy hosts a Global Craft Party campaign to inspire creativity and new connections. We’re big fans of the Etsy community and feel privileged to know and work with many Etsy sellers here in London. Celebrate handmade, learn a new skill and make a few new friends while you’re at it. This is the time to give yourself a pat on the back for working so hard so pop along for drinks, laughs and a competitions or two. Reserve your ticket to guarantee your seat and click attending here.


When? Friday 24th – Saturday 25th June 2016

How much? Free

Launching as part of SLAM Last Fridays, Platform Press House opens its doors to all those interested in zine-making and independent publishing. This event is open to everyone and has been organised by Wendy, the editor of Hanna, which is an online space and zine made by young women, for young women. See the exhibition alongside some of the best alternative publishers active today and meet some of the Youth Platform Editorial Board. Don’t miss your chance to buy, swap or make your own zines! Click attending here.





Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth