THE LAB take over the GROW's Eco Pod with music, art and a community radio show...

We've joined forces with Studio Bark to launch the 'Grow Eco Pod', located by Grow in Main Yard.   The design principles of this low-impact 'U-Build' pod came out of Studio Bark's desire to make construction truly affordable and self-built, opening up the prospect of self-led construction to a greater proportion of the general public.  The structure incorporates a long pop-up hatch window (powered by reclaimed car-boot pistons), a modular (locally sourced) Douglas Fir skin, and modular green roof.

The 'Grow Pod' started life as a Garden Room for an East London community centre and following its most recent move to part of Grow's eco-system, it is being adopted by a number of different residents to use as their creative home to test out new practices and projects.

Current residents artists and musicians Pete Bennett & Joel Smith who have just begun a two month residency as THE LAB. They will be working on individual and collaborative projects with local musicians, artists and the community at large. These include recorded music, both live and electronic. A ten-part community radio show/sound archive of the area is being recorded and compiled, to be aired weekly on local station  Wick Radio, in conjunction with locally based social enterprise Inner World Arts CIC and part funded by the Near Neighbours Grant from The Centre For Theology & Community. 

Joel Smith will be working on his own musical compositions and written pieces; Pete Bennett his series of paintings, drawings, sculptures, music and writings. Poignantly, The LAB’s work and research over the following weeks, will be backdropped by the changes in land use; demolition; development; gentrification and subsequent community displacement in the Hackney Wick area. A situation both artists have found themselves on the sharp edge of, for some years.  Keep up to date on the LAB on their blog.

THE LAB invite you inside to hear more about what they're up to and if you want to, record your views in a form a VOX POP (which is taken from the Latin phrase 'Vox populi' that literally means "voice of the people") and suggest a song to add to their show.

After you've been to the LAB, it's then time for free live jazz at Grow!  Join the Rio Quartet plus special guests for this intimate weekly jazz jam with DJ Jazzintime spinning vinyl in between live sets. 

www.studiobark.co.uk
Studio Bark is a Hackney Wick based pioneering architectural practice that delivers inspiring, yet cost-conscious environmental architecture with a hands-on approach to research, design and fabrication. Studio Bark have been developing their low-impact U-Build system for the past two years alongside engineering firm ‘Structure Workshop’ and CNC workshop ‘Cut and Construct’. Using modern CNC cutting technology means pieces can be accurately pre-cut to size and assembled using basic tools and with minimal construction experience..

About Grow Hackney
We are an independently run space and an experiment in ethical business, which includes working with local artists, musicians on collaborative projects to host free events where everyone is welcome. We pay London Living Wage and partner with community projects to share and nurture local talent. Grow has no investment and is built by local Hackney Wickers and relys on the sharing economy of the area. Profits go back into the community.

Motherland at GROW - Surround Yourself in the Sounds of Afro-house in Hackney Wick

On a Saturday night once every two months - African-infused electronic music comes to Hackney Wick with 'Motherland'.   This all-welcome party takes place in our canalside warehouse and is hosted by DJs Kitty Amor, D-Malice, and Sef Kombo.

Growing from strength to strength, each night is filled with warmth, love, high-energy and great vibes.  With the power of music, Motherland births an ever extending family as they become one in this sound.  In the summer months,  Motherland ventures into a more soulful side of the African influence. With the comfort of the great British weather, these sultry sounds feature on the canal-side of Grow from earlier hours in the day before digging deeper and hitting harder 4/4 beats after we move inside as the sun goes down.

Photos on Motherland Facebook page

Motherland is the home of African-infused electronic music. More than just a club event, it's also classified as a movement in a new style of music.  Afro-House is a steadily growing genre that was originally birthed in South Africa although it has grown and branched out of the nation across the globe. The sounds of Africa has a heavy influence on all musical styles, however infusing this sound with 4/4 house productions has had a great impact on its listeners.

Resident DJs Kitty Amor, D-Malice and Sef Kombo are pioneering the surge following the has developed in deep/afro house music. Between these three extremely talented DJs/producers, they have been waving the flag for afro-house over a decade through their established record label, DM.Recordings which is Europe's leading label specialising in this sound headed by D-Malice. Individually they are internationally keeping the sounds of Motherland flourish across borders in countries such as South Africa, Croatia, Kenya, Ibiza, Amsterdam and more. 

MOTHERLAND AT GROW - DATES

  • Saturday 7 April
  • Saturday 2 June
  • Saturday 4 August
  • Saturday 6 October
  • Saturday 1 December

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About Grow, Hackney

Grow is an independent bar, kitchen and creative space carved out of an old sausage factory by the River Lea in Hackney Wick. It is run as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business and works in partnership with local artists, musicians, DJ's and community groups. Every week we host events, ranging from live jazz and blues, open deck reggae, open mic, performance art to DJ collectives and more. We pay London Living Wage. We offer a range of organic and craft drinks from the inside and outdoor bar and from the kitchen, Slow Fire London, serves a seasonal menu which has been freshly prepared in the canal side kitchen.  

Grow exists for music, art, food, conversation, community and belonging. Everyone is welcome. 

Hackney WickED Open Studios 2017 was full of music, art and a lot heart !

Each year, Grow is proud to be part of Hackney WickED DIY Open Studios and 2017 (28-30 July) was no different. This festival gives us a chance to the celebrate the creativity in the area and showcase what happens at Grow week-in-week-out.

This year, we had a jam-packed programme with local talent and some new collaborations in the form of performance, music, participation and art - often all at the same time!

On Friday night, we were excited to host the launch party with a show-stopping line-up which started at 9pm, after the opening of the Group Show across the canal at Here East. This group show was curated by artist Gavin Turk and Hackney WickED director, Anna Malony, and included over 65 artists, including some from Grow Studios, showcasing the wide-ranging quality of the artistic practices across Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

At Grow, we were treated to a stirring performance by Grow favourite Hotdoggrrrl and the Sesame Buns, followed by the amazing beatboxing talent of artist Reeps One, plus sets by local guest DJs Jessi, Ghost Trap and Steffi Timanti.

The following day we put on the Grow Village Fete which created a spectacle within a Spectacle to free us even for a moment. This Village Fete focused on collaboration. Despite the rain, through interactions, sociality and play we tried to disentangle ourselves from our everyday lives. Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi says if we can disentangle we may imagine other possible futures, already in our present, but which we have yet to uncover.  We had manifestations of ‘splat the rat’, ‘human fruit machine’, ‘sponge stock’, ‘hoopla’, a raffle, Canababe cakes and plants from local nursery Growing Concerns, a memorable live performance from brass band, Das Brass culminating in Mixed Bag Of Nuts DJs taking us into the night.  We also had a host of volunteers who sold cakes and played games, helping to raise awareness and £280 for local mental health and arts charity, Core Arts.

The artist behind the fete is co-founder of Grow, Jordanna Greaves. Her work is a humorous protest at what it is to comply to the power systems around us and asks ‘can we play to become something new?’ She often works in collaboration, and this Village Fete, as do all the events at Grow, relies on the sharing economy of artists and musicians of the surrounding area, and everyone who walks through its doors.

On the Sunday,  'Hackney Wick Floating Museum' pulled up canalside in the form of two 30" narrow boats that, in tandem, displaying on their flat roofs, the sculptures of Californian artist Jay J. Filipowicz.

The sun came out long enough to have our resident jazz quartet play canalside and for this special performance, they were joined by Japanese comtemporary dancer, Misa Koide who improvised to their fresh and energetic jazz repertoire. We were also joined DJs Jazzintime and Komajazzz who played the best jazz vinyl in between two sets.

To finish the weekend long-programme, we were joined by members of the Blackcat Soundsystem of Fish Island giving us live music of strickly roots and culture vibrations with a mostly improvised content and selectors into the evening.

We crammed a lot in, and that was just at Grow! There was so many artists and musicians across Hackney Wick and Fish Island sharing their talents and passions and we thank everyone for joining in and making this annual celebration a reality. For a full round up and pics from across the open studios, have a read of Hackney WickED's roundup.

Thanks to Moe Sekiya, Anna Malone and Hackney WickED CIC for the following photos.

Who are 'Adventures in Paradise'? Find out ahead of their annual summer party!

Adventures in Paradise are made up of Michelle and Katie and this dynamic duo have been on our decks from the beginning.  We're chuffed to partner with them not only because they squeeze us into their chocca-bloc schedule but they always bring a positive vibe and a collection of their carefully selected tunes for everyones enjoyment.  Adventures in Paradise join us again on Sat 8 July for their annual summer party so we thought we'd ask them some questions so we all can get to know them that little better...

How did you you both meet?
We met in the summer of 2009 at a Love Fever Loft party, DJ Rahaan was playing, it was a great night! It was in a shared cab to an afters that Michelle said "I know you, you're Katie Barber from the Ladybugz". We ended up hanging out afterwards playing music into the small hours and remained friends from then.

Why did you call yourself 'Adventures in Paradise'?The name comes from Minnie Riperton's third album - an artist we both hugely adore Katie had it in her head to use the name for something for a few years and when we got together, we both agreed it would be perfect to use for parties.

It's since evolved into the name we've given our record label, which is launching with a release from Felix Dickinson's band Dedication featuring Danielle Moore, called 'Show Me Love'. 

What kind of music do you play and what inspires you?
We both have an ear for a very similar sound, and the music we play is a sort of hybrid of Balearic and Disco. The different music styles you would expect to hear in one of our mixes, or at one of our parties at Grow would be, Balearic, Disco, Boogie, House, 80's Synth Wave.

We're both hugely inspired by the music that came out of the underground club scene in New York during the 70s & 80s, places like The Loft, Paradise Garage, The Gallery are very influential for us. Also, in the last few years has been a resurgence of music from Africa from the 70s & 80s, that we both love. We are always excited about discovering new music all the time.

What's the best bits of being a resident DJ duo at Grow?
It's a cool venue with an exceptional ethos and great team behind it.

If you could put some decks anywhere (landmark, country, building, community) in the world and play, where would it be?
It would have to be anywhere in Paradise that we can have a right old adventure!

 

Adventures in Paradise
Adventures in Paradise

Fear of Fluffing start their 2017 residency at Grow with electronic meanderings

If you haven't experienced the Fear of Fluffing before, you must.  Every situation is unique but equally hypnotic.  With many guises, whether their on stage, on the road, canal side; they inhabit their surrounding and invite you to join the ride.

On Thursday 23 Feb, for the first event of their 2017 residency ay Grow, Reuben Sutherland and The Fear of Fluffling set up for some electrical meanderings, projections, performance and DJ set and it was a delight for the ears, eyes and mind...

With thanks to Timothy Brannan for the photography.

Launching our new partnership with neighbours, the 'Hackney Wick Boulder Project'

We're so excited about our new partnership with the Hackney Wick Boulder Project (HWBP), that we offer their members 10% off ALL food and drink, anytime they come to Grow. It's their official launch party tonight, so join them from at the wall from 6pm for fun at the climbing wall and then from 9pm come to Grow for drinks and dancing to old school rap, reggae, 80s, funk, house and everything in between as legendary DJ, Dominic Benjamin takes the decks….. Come thru and get in the groove!

On another night, why not double up... go climbing then come to our weekly live jazz jam on a Wednesday (7.30PM) or SoulFull Sunday Roast on Sunday (12-6PM) or anything in between. Remember 10% off all food and drink!! Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

About HWBP

This new bouldering wall is 1 min from Hackney Wick Overground. They love climbing, and climbing walls. Most of their adventures start with a chat "down the wall", and end in some wild and rocky place. Other passions are good music, good coffee and good cake! Theymay not be the biggest climbing wall. But they think you will agree that we punch above our weight! Find opening times, pricing and events on the HWPB website.

 

Art and music to support the Minesweeper Collective they lost their home to fire...

On 5 January 2017, the home of the Minesweeper Collective, a boat based in Deptford, sadly burned down. Thankfully no one was hurt but artists' work and studios were destroyed overnight.

Many of the Minesweeper Collective's artists have also performed at Grow over the past few years including artist and Butoh dancer, Mai Nguyen Tri, who organised this fundraiser to help support them. They are an amazingly creative bunch who now need to rebuild their project so thanks to everyone who came down to this event to show solidarity and support them. You can still donate online.

Performances included: Mai & Ampers&nd, The Dublo, Grassy Noel & Ape and on the decks was DJ Calculator.