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In Conversation with iO Tillett Wright

In Conversation with iO TILLETT WRIGHT
– author of ‘Darling Days’


Date: Tuesday 11th October  / Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. BUY TICKETS


A bold and brilliant New York memoir of an unfettered childhood in the Lower East Side of the 1980s. Photographer, writer, film maker, activist and actor iO Tillett Wright talks to The Archivists artist in residence Sarah Kosar about iO’s new book. Sarah will be in conversation with iO on the 11th October at The Archivist – Tickets are £6 and available to buy here.
(Please note this is a BYOB Event)




“Gender-defying iO Tillett Wright mixes such a high-octane cocktail of radiant ink, wild anecdotes, bad behavior, and gritty truths-topped off with an unexpected tonic of transcendence-it could stagger Charles Dickens, electrify Maxim Gorky, and cause Jane Austen to walk around in army boots.” — Tom Robbins



Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. This was a world of self-invented characters, glamorous superstars, and strung-out sufferers, ground zero of drag and performance art. Still, no personality was more vibrant and formidable than iO’s mother’s. Rhonna, a showgirl and young widow, was a mercurial, erratic glamazon. She was iO’s fiercest defender and only authority in a world with few boundaries and even fewer indicators of normal life. At the center of Darling Days is the remarkable relationship between a fiery kid and a domineering ma—a bond defined by freedom and control, excess and sacrifice; by heartbreaking deprivation, agonizing rupture, and, ultimately, forgiveness.

iO gave an 18 minute speech at TEDxWomen at the United States Institute of Peace, in Washington DC. The talk discusses the issue of boxes, and human beings existing outside of the dangerous binaries that society tries to put them in.







Album of the Month September 2016 – The Division Bell

PINK FLOYD – The Division Bell

This month we celebrate the all things Pink Floyd with a special exhibition feature on ‘The Division Bell’with a selection of images from the legendary Storm Thorgerson.

The Division Bell was the fourteenth studio album by Pink Floyd. Produced a few years after the fall of the Eastern Bloc, the album deals with themes of communication and the idea that talking can solve many of life’s problems. The album’s title, a reference to the British parliament’s practice of ringing a bell to call for a vote, was suggested to the group by author Douglas Adams.

And of course the album cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson. Storm was an early friend of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, for whom he designed many album covers, including the iconic sleeve for The Dark Side Of The Moon. The graphic art group Hipgnosis (co-founded by Storm with Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell) became one of the most famed design and photographic teams in music, with covers for many other internationally successful artists, including Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Wishbone Ash, 10cc, Black Sabbath, Wings, Peter Gabriel, and Yes.

Division Bell Prints are available to buy on our Gallery Website

Homegrown Magazine Launch

From 1977 until 1982 Lee Harris started and edited Britain’s first counter culture and drug magazine. HomeGrown was a breakthrough magazine that represented a defining moment in British underground culture. Lee was reporting on the psychedelic experience and HomeGrown magazine was one of the few publications to support Operation Julie defendants and included articles and illustrations from Timothy Leary, Michael Hollingshead, Harry Shapiro, Brian Barritt, Mick Farren, Bryan Talbot, Julie Burchill, Peter Tosh and Tony Parsons.
‘Now, HomeGrown is back, digitised and available for all in the 21st century’! – Lee Harris


Funzing ThinkTap || Fly First Class for Free

First Class. British Airways. London —> New York. £106. Sounds like a joke, right? Wrong.
Anyone can travel the world in style for next to nothing. You just need to know how!
Nicky, aka The Miles Mogul, is a music lawyer, photographer, traveller and most importantly air miles Guru.
Come along and hear stories from Nicky’s first class adventures and leave knowing how to do it yourself on a shoestring.
This is a unique chance to learn the secret hacks and tips he’s gathered over the years on how to travel in the ultimate style without breaking the bank.

Doors will Open at 6.45pm, The talk will begin promptly at 7.30pm.



Funzing ThinkTap is a fresh new concept making “Tedx” talks more accessible. We’ve pulled in an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, movers & shakers, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to give you a different perspective, to enthuse and inspire!

Held in trendy, central locations, a Funzing ThinkTap event makes the perfect after work mid-week activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that – you never know where it may lead you!

Experience includes:
  • Amazing hints and tips on how to travel in luxury for next to nothing
  • Stories from Nicky’s adventures
  • A unique way to spend a summer’s evening

August 2016 Album of the Month – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory – Oasis

(What’s the story) Morning Glory is the second and most successful album released by Oasis. It features highlight songs of the Bands career including “Wonderwall” and “Don’t look back in anger”. With a different approach to their previous album Defiantly Maybe, the emphasis is now placed on huge chorus’ and balladry styles.

Photographer Michael Spencer Jones first photographed Oasis in the second year of their career, he then went on to spend five years working closely with the band to produce iconic album covers for Definitely Maybe, Be Here Now as well as (What’s the Story) Morning Glory.


Brian Cannon recalls that the idea for the (What’s the Story) Morning Glory cover was provoked when Noel Gallagher told him that he was coming from the saying “There aren’t ever answers, there are only ever more questionswhich led to the idea of two men, seemingly strangers, passing in Berwick street, Soho, in the early hours of the morning, their identity’s a mystery, as well as their reason for interaction and topic of conversation.

Michael Spencer Jones reflects on the shoot as “a very ambiguous moment and… one of my favourite Oasis covers”

September Exhibition – Skin & Emotion by KirzArt


KirzArt’s first exhibition kicks off from the 5th September – 11th September. The digital artist from South London with be showcasing her phenomenal Skin and Emotion series among other bestsellers, which will be available to view and purchase all week.


The Skin series concentrates on unconventional beauty and celebrates skin that is different, the series includes a number of people with the skin condition vitiligo. The Emotion series explores mental health and especially black mental which is not discussed enough.


The official launch is happening on the 9th September 6-10pm and a percentage of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Marfan Trust charity. Marfan’s Syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissues that affects 1 in 3000 people.


This fantastic exhibition will shine a new light on current topics by putting a cultural spin on them. So come out to enjoy and celebrate with the artist who will be turning 25 on the day of the launch.

Yoga Sessions at The Archivist

Saturdays at 10am – 11am | Vinyasa Flow with Good Yoga Life
Find your flow and move with the breath in a 60 min dynamic
class to build strength, flexibility and calm the mind.

Book a Saturday Session


Tuesdays at 7pm – 8.15pm | Candlelit Hatha Flow with Elena | £10
A soulful flow class with strong postures & pranayama breathing to calm your mind & strengthen your body.
All levels super welcome.

Book a Tuesday Session



Breaking Barriers – Freedom From Fear Exhibition


July marks the opening of a new photography exhibition, highlighting the positive impact of refugees on society from the award-winning photographer and journalist Caroline Irby and Pulitzer nominee Veronique Mistiaen.

Portraits of refugees from regions including East DRC, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Somaliland, will be on display, showing when they first felt free in the UK. The event tells stories of refugees who once fled their homeland through persecution or war but have now found freedom in the UK.

Breaking Barriers is a unique organisation that provides an innovative and unparalleled service to address the systemic social and economic issues of integration for refugee communities. They offer a holistic service designed to make sure that refugees can find meaningful employment that is commensurate with their skills, experience and qualifications. By doing so, they help their successful settlement in, and integration with, local communities. As refugees struggle to get their foot on the first step of the ladder and find relevant British work experience, societal pressures and discrimination increase make the task ever harder.  Breaking Barriers helps to break this vicious circle. They work with refugees, businesses and throughout society to educate and provide support at all stages.

They partner with leading corporates and organisations to provide sustainable employment: Breaking Barriers has successfully supported over 160 refugees into employment over the last 18 months, working with over 20 businesses in the process.

The event is sponsored by leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya, who has recently taken on a refugee lawyer from Sudan on a 6 week placement.



The exhibition will be open to the public from 10-6pm – July 12th-17th

July Exhibition – Your Face is Alright


Jenny May Finn brings her first solo exhibition to the Archivist, taking a close look at the faces of her friends. In our small intimate gallery space you’ll be met with a dark room full of blinking eyes and moving faces that you can have staring competitions with.

Come and see the exhibition on the 5th, 6th & 7th August

 jenny may finn poster

Album of the Month July 2016 – The Queen is Dead by The Smiths


July Album of the Month

The Queen Is Dead was the third studio album by the The Smiths. Released  in June 1986 by Rough Trade Records, widely cited by critics as their best studio album. A record to lose yourself in; it has depth, focus and some great tunes, so it’s easy to see why the album is held in such high esteem by Smiths fanatics and why, a decade later, it became a key influence for all things Britpop.
This month we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this seminal album with images from celebrated photographer, Stephen Wright. The man behind the now iconic ‘The Queen is Dead’ shoot.

See these images and more – Signed prints available in our gallery shop.

Smiths A3 PrintThe Smiths * The Queen is Dead * by Stephen Wright