Art & Photography | By: N Quentin Woolf

Londonist Out Loud: A Podcast About London, 1 August 2014

Welcome to the latest episode of Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, as recommended by The Telegraph. You can listen in-browser, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS. We’re also available on Stitcher.

Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf.

This week's guest is artist Lucy Sparrow, who talks about her latest art project, The Cornershop. Taking over an empty property in Bethnal Green, Lucy transformed it into a newsagent's, with all of the goods on sale made from felt. She spent more than eight months sewing all the items and the result is a space filled with fluffy pieces of art. Now, they form a new exhibition (from which they're available to buy). The artist talks about the ideas behind her creations, why she chose Bethnal Green as the location, and her intention to create both a playful and confusing environment.

The Cornershop opens tonight at 6pm. You can find it 19 Wellington Row, E2 7BB. The exhibition runs every day  from 10am-7pm, until 31st August.

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Show notes by Silvia Baretta


Suggestions for podcast topics:
- Murals celebrating local events / people. SOMEONE must be an expert on them, surely? Street art before it became fashionable! Cable Street, TCR, etc..
- Bank of England museum. Don't think you've been there yet?
- As per the other request mentioned in the audio, more science / tech would be good, especially from an historical & utilitarian perspective. E.g. the hydraulic pumping station in Wapping; it even got a sideways nod in 'Ripper Street', but I can't be the only person with no idea whatsoever how it fitted into life.
- Thomas Heatherwick. He's been awesome for as long as I can remember, and I don't think people appreciate just how much of his work is around town. He's also a brilliantly engaging interviewee.

Wimbledon Al

Some suggestions for future podcasts (or a request for pointers at previous podcasts if they have been covered already):
The history of the old Young's brewery in Wandsworth or the Fullers brewery in Chiswick (perhaps linked with something on the growth in micro breweries)
History of the various Commons in and around London. I know that Wimbledon Common has an interesting history, so maybe an interview with the rangers there (could be combined with the Windmill Museum)
The Royal Parks and how they are evolving to deal with modern demands (eg cycling v driving v horses v deer at Richmond, Hyde and all the concerts)
Local events - ideally in advance to drum up some interest. Maybe one on the Lord Mayor's show at the end of October?
The lavender fields in Carshalton (so only just in London)

Whitgift Almshouses / Whitgift foundation in Croydon.

I'm looking forward to part 2 of the subterranean podcast and generally find the balance of content good - I've listened to things I wouldn't normally select.