In Shoreditch, east London, a creative powerhouse strives to bring a unique urban vision to its art projects, as Matil da Tickner-Du and Tamara El Haj explain…
EndoftheLine describes itself as a “contemporary creative collective” and runs underground art events, from paint jams to comic book launches and life-drawing classes. The group, led by Jim Vision (the founder and creative director) and Matilda Tickner-Du, works out of Rockwell House, a former 1960s warehouse in east London, but are soon to be on the move.
“We aim to bring artists together, and are excited to be moving to a larger, even better space,” says Matilda, the group’s co-director. “Our main focus has been live-painting events where visitors can observe different artists from the EndoftheLine network painting alongside more established illustrators such as Simon Bisley, James O’Barr and Rufus Dayglo.” Tamara Elhaj, head of communication at EndoftheLine, says, “The space itself has led much of what we do, but we’re driven by a desire to curate groundbreaking events within any venue, be it an old warehouse, rooftop, backstreet, arch, or event vacant wasteland. We’re essentially curating unexpected events in unexpected spaces.
“Live painting both at our venue and on the street provides people with a unique insight into the painting process. These are a very relaxed setup for the artists within our network to paint live and for the public to witness the full process,” continues Tamara. “Open-air space has enabled us to host artists working in mixed media from spray paint to brush, pens, charcoal and even painting with flame.”
The collective is a blend of amateur and professional, nurturing support and growth of all artists. Tamara explains that, “We understand the importance of continually developing drawing skills and furthering creativity.”
EndoftheLine’s new open-air space will be a yard and warehouse three times the size of the original space, giving the team the chance to put on even more events. “We’re looking to future concepts that bring together the creative community under one huge warehouse roof!” enthuses Tamara.
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EndoftheLine’s current establishment, Rockwell House, is adorned with art by Jim Vision and El Mac.