Open House London 2017 is set to present one of its most risqué programmes yet, as The Barge House on Haggerston’s stretch of Regents Canal opens its doors to a series of progressive and provocative salon talks and exhibitions, that showcase the building’s illustrious past.
Steeped in rich East London history, the building once served as a print house for adult-only magazines – one of publisher David O’Sullivan’s more controversial enterprises – as well as being forever immortalised as the site of Alexander McQueen’s very first design studio. Fashion, design, and architecture have all begun to thrive in this corner of Hackney, giving a nod to the area’s infamously creative and industrious past.
The Open House weekend will see the venue taken back to its original heritage, with the Bar, Mezzanine, and Event Lounge transformed into gallery and performance spaces. The controversial programme includes Too Ugly For Words by feminist art activists, The Sisters of Perpetual Resistance; Nick Reynolds’ Peeping Tin-Tin and From Abandonment to Burlesque by ‘cabaret weirdo’ Fancy Chance.
An audio installation of Dirty Fan Male – a witty narration of a Page 3 Model’s fan mail – is sure to keep the Bar guests entertained, while an exhibition of David O’Sullivan’s racy 1980’s prints graces the walls of the Event Lounge. With plenty of discussions and discourse around Sex and Business, The Barge House guarantees a whole host of informative and stimulating evenings this September.
Open House London takes place on the 16th and 17th September 2017, and will see The Barge House opening its doors from 10:00am – 11:00pm (Saturday 16th) and 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sunday 17th). Guests on the Open House Trail will receive a 10% discount on food and drink, with last entry one hour before closing.
Events at The Barge House revolve around the themes of Food, Music, Sex and Death. Go to www.bargehouse.co.uk to see what’s on in the coming months.
Words by Emily Jukes
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