New venue: The Gopher Hole, Old Street, under El Paso – salon, debate club, gallery

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Pop culture sans frontières is how new East London club the Gopher Hole is branding itself. Just a stone’s throw from year-old thinking/drinking bar The Book Club comes a venue that’s less Pritt Stick, more beatnik.

Independent writer and curator, Beatrice Galilee. Photo: BG

Beatrice Galilee, pictured, co-curates the Gopher Hole. Photo: BG

The ‘Hole, in the basement of 350-354 Old Street, is a gallery and events space run by Hoxton agency abberant architecture and Beatrice Galilee, the former editor of Icon magazine. The curators have planned a multi-displinary project space that aims to introduce debates on arts, politics and society to the edge of the East End. The venue will also be open for music and comedy gigs between its more serious events.

And the name? El Paso being a Mexican border town, it was apt for its underground activities to take the same name as cartels’ smuggling tunnels. If you want to nip below the radar, grab a Modelo and head downstairs from Friday 10 December onwards.  Its first exhbition, About A Minute, runs ’til February 2011.

Find out more about the upstairs venue, El Paso, or another East End salon, The Book Club, elsewhere on Knees Up Mother Brown.

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