Published on November 13th, 2012 | by Verity Nelson


Students invited to exhibit at pop-up gallery

Fourteen puppets hanging side by side on a rack

Students are invited to exhibit their work alongside live music and performance pieces [Maja Smiejkowska]

Students born after 1985 have been asked to submit artwork for a pop-up gallery in an old typewriter shop in Bethnal Green.

Living art in a dying building aims to cover a diverse mix of artistic media, and hopes to launch the work of art students from the East London community.

Top Office Machines on Bethnal Green Road has been open since the 1950s, but the whole site will soon be redeveloped.

Before its closure, the shop will host the Death Rattle Shows, which, alongside exhibiting Living art in a dying building, will include performances and live music.

“Vibrant spectacle” 

Ashley Coleman, Manager of the Death Rattle Shows, said: “We want to give Top Office Machines a proper send off with a vibrant spectacle of visual and performance art, live music and other stimulating events.

“Top Office Machines pop-up gallery will try and use its four week lifecycle to make a lasting impact on the reputation and energy of Bethnal Green Road and its surroundings.

“The pop-up will also try to invigorate the community by hosting community facing events.”

“The student story of growth is as old as it is relevant”

Ashley Coleman

Artists exhibiting at the show include illustrator Iain MacArthur, oil painter Sally Fuerst and unknown street artist ‘Icon’, as well as debuting students and international artists.

“The student story of growth is as old as it is relevant, and we look forward to the energy it will bring to the Death Rattle Shows,” said Coleman.

The artists intend to cover a range of subjects from humour to death to beauty.

Students can apply now to be in the show that will run from November 24 until December 22 via

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