Crap cycle lanes book/Yards open
- Crap Cycle Lanes is the title of a new hardback, small format book from Eye Books who also do an itchy-feet inducing series of travelogues including the book by Alastair Humphreys who LCC members will have read about in London Cyclist.
This weekend you can buy, in person, direct from the publishers (in Peacock Yard) - who are cyclists - by cycling to the annual Yards Open www.pullensyards.co.uk/ and www.iliffeyard.org.uk/index.html weekend just south of the Elephant and Castle.
Here's what SE1 wrote about the event:
PULLENS YARDS WINTER OPEN STUDIOS
Friday 30 November, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December
Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm at Iliffe Yard, Clements Yard and
Pullens Yard SE17
An opportunity to meet artists, craftsmen and designers and buy unusual
Christmas presents. Ghost stories for Christmas read in studio 3 Peacock
Yard at 7.30pm on Friday and 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturday in Iliffe Yard.
Follow the rats for directions. There will also be carol singing, mince
pies, mulled wine and much more.
There is cycle parking in at least one of these Dickensian-evoking cobbled yards but it tends to be full of bikes used by the artisans and entrepeneurs who work in the yards, so best take two serious locks.
If you know the area round the Elephant and Castle and use the bypass along Churchyard Row, visit Reuben Powell's studio in Iliffe Yard. You'll recognise a lot of the settings of his oversize black and white works, but also there is a collection of huge letters which would spell out London Park Hotel if they were laid out in order...
Lots of the artists take inspiration from the local area. Climb the steep steps (the yards are original live-work areas from the late 1800s on two levels and not accessible to wheelchairs or people who have substantial mobility problems) to where Su Snodin is exhibiting (Iliffe Yard) and you see lots of bike frames (perhaps waiting for an artist's inspiration) and a painting showing a garden in West Square SE1. You might recognise the two concrete blocks that loom on the horizon... Clue, the perspective is towards the Elephant and Castle.
The yards really are special places, especially after dark when they are at their most atmospheric. You can buy an immense range of hand-crafted items (sadly, the couple that makes lutes www.lutesandguitars are not open this year due to a family death) direct from the people who design and create them, and just in time for Xmas. Just be careful how you manoeuver your panniers when in the pottery and glass studios.
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