In the window: Stephen Doherty

In the window: Stephen Doherty

This month our window is beautifully filled by the artist Stephen Doherty.

Doherty's practice embraces multiple art and fashion disciplines including drawing, painting and print design. His work is noted for its distinct textures and lines which lend to a dynamic and identifiable figurative style.

Stephen is a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins and a regular contributor to SHOWstudio and 10Magazine.

His clients include: Gucci, Liberty London,  OAMC, Instagram, 10Magazine, Maison Martin Margiela, Ports 1961, Veuve Clicquot, MAC Cosmetics, Paul Smith, Craig Lawrence, Anna Trevelyan.

Blag - Personality Crisis

Back-slang and rhyming slang was omni-present for me growing up in the 70’s / 80’s. TV programmes like The Sweeney, Only Fools... Filthy, Rich & Catflap, you’d often hear of a ‘blag’ or that something was ‘bona’. I also worked on a market in Islington, where many of these words were used... and I found them hilarious. Like most slang though, they were formed as a ‘code’ or ‘smoke screen’ to use between those in the know, and as is often the case, will over time, work their way into common parlance.

I always liked Morrissey’s album ‘Bona Drag’ - not knowing that it was littered with Polari - I had no idea what the track ‘Picadilly Polare’ was about or even that many of these words I’d heard as a kid belonged to some kind of ‘language’. It was years later I found out where they came from after hearing a language documentary.

A window to celebrate the cant slang ‘Polari’ and the vocabulary’s assimilation into mainstream language. 

My work often has hidden meanings and code. Feels like a bona fit.

www.personalitycrisis.info | instagram: @personality___crisis

Sun 25 Jul: The Nipple Club

Sun 25 Jul: The Nipple Club

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VFD presentTHE NIPPLE CLUB - OPENING NIGHT!!! (*new monthly residency, last Sunday of the month at VFD)

Hosted by he of the luscious Big Nipples: ROY INC

This Sunday soiree will be a celebration of the nipple in all its glory - all kinds, sexes, colours, and shapes.

Tops On or Off... Nipples Pierced or Not... Fans of the Nipple, All Welcome

Wet Nipple Thumping Music All Night Long From Resident DJ Mitch

Best drink prices this side of Dalston!

Doors: 7pm free <9pm>£5 guestlist £3

Wed 14 Jun: Basement Comedy

Wed 14 Jun: Basement Comedy

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Stand up, sketch, character, OTHER. Packed into the basement of VFD arts and performance space, you'll be treated to some of the most original, most inventive, most bloody HILARIOUS new talent in comedy.

It's going to be weird. It's going to be cosy. It's going to be great.

Oh, and you can pay what you LIKE.

FEATURED JUNE 14TH

ANDY FIELD - Chortle Student Competition Winner 2015 CAM SPENCE

ROBBIE ORMROD - "Audience favourite, stole the show" - The Stand Comedy Club

LOOSE BRIE - Malcolm Hardee First Minute Award Nominees 2016

SAM LAKE - South Coast Comedian of the Year

SARA BARRON - host of The Moth storytelling night

HOSTED BY TIM BUTCHER

Sun 11 Jun: TBT2005 - Unofficial Evanescence Pre-Party

Sun 11 Jun: TBT2005 - Unofficial Evanescence Pre-Party

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TBT 2005 - UNOFFICIAL EVANESCENCE PRE PARTY AT VFD An evening of drag, performance and teenage drama

So you know Evanescence are playing in London this June right?? Its true. And its sold out! We're throwing a special Evanescence pre-party at VFD to gather together London's former emo kids to celebrate our early naughties obsessions.

Live cabaret from some of East London's finest lovable freaks, performing to the sounds of Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Panic! at the Disco, Avril Lavigne, MCR and of course, Ms Amy Lee.

Come dressed in your finest emo lewks, or launch headfirst into our GOTH DRAG BOOTH, where our carefully curated selection of mesh tutus, black and red wristbands, eyeliners and crippling insecurity can help you create that perfect 'nobody gets me' vibe. Will you be crowned 'Miss Understood 2005'?

Doors - 7pm Cabaret Show - 8.30pm Tickets - £3 Advance | £5 Door Hosted by Mark T Cox

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tbt-2005-unofficial-evanescence-pre-party-at-vfd-tickets-34520059427

Wed 7 Jun: Spoken Word London

Wed 7 Jun: Spoken Word London

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Spoken Word London is an open-mic poetry and performance night for anyone to come and join in, whether to speak or listen. Everyone who wants to speak gets five minutes, but no one gets more than five minutes. Speak in whichever format you want, sharing your own or others' work. Doors open 7.30pm, sign up for a slot 7.30-8pm, readings begin at 8pm.

Sun 4 Jun: Rhyannon Styles launches 'The New Girl'

Sun 4 Jun: Rhyannon Styles launches 'The New Girl'

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'The New Girl' is the new memoir by trans woman Rhyannon Styles (columnist at ELLE magazine, author & performance artist) Styles is launching 'The New Girl' with special guests Kuchenga Kuchenga, Josephine Jones and Charlie Craggs who will be dissecting, interpreting and redefining the topic of gender, live!

Music will be provided by trans-drogynous icon La JohnJoseph

The event is sponsored by ABSOLUT - FREE SHOTS!

SPECIAL OFFER - copies of 'The New Girl' will be discounted from £15.99 to £8.99 - get your signed copy and shout up if you want a copy reserved.

Sunday 04th June 2017 7.00pm - Invite Only 

9pm - midnight: after party - ALL WELCOME! 

All donations on the door will go to Mermaids Charity!

'Inspiring and heart-wrenching' Paloma Faith      'Love Rhyannon. Love this book' Grace Dent

The New Girl is the transgender memoir you won't stop hearing about. Rhyannon Styles will do for transgender issues what Matt Haig did for mental health. Rhyannon tells her unforgettable life story in THE NEW GIRL, charting her incredible journey from male to female. A powerful book about being true to ourselves, for anyone who's ever felt a little lost.

'A story that will make you smile and sob in equal measure, and challenge everything you thought you knew about gender, sex, and fashion. Once read, never forgotten' Rebecca Root

'Rhyannon Styles journey of transition is fraught with the unique issues of her generation. Honest and unflinching, she walks the tightrope of uncertainty with confidence in the unknowing. A modern Artemis in the queer wilderness, midwifing her own becoming' Penny Arcade 

Q&A: Damsel Zine 1.0 launch

Q&A: Damsel Zine 1.0 launch

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This Thursday 11 May, we have the Damsel Zine collective taking over the basement with the launch party of their first ZINE! Exuding high-energy, gal-first vibes aplenty, we caught up with them to find out a bit more about their crew and the new zine in town...
Q: This is your first edition of Damsel, what inspired you to make your own zine?
A: We are very inspired by kids magazines such as Girl Talk and Shout, they are full of exciting and fun pages and I guess I just wanted to create a zine that celebrates fabulous things!

Q: There’s a great, extensive DIY scene in London, can you recommend any other creators / collectives whose work you’d recommend?
A: I am a really big fan of Sister magazine and also Polyester zine, both of these publications are ran by fabulous ladies in London. I am also a big fan of WAH nails, all the WAH girls are very talented nail artists and I'm so happy to have Kayleigh Jean from WAH featured in the first issue.
Q: What can people expect from launch party?
A: The sparkliest, sassiest, most fabulous night. Karaoke followed by a few of London's up and coming DJs. We also have 50 goodie bags for our first lot of guests, full of lots of Damsel surprises!

Q: What’s your music policy - we’ve stumbled across a #160 mix on soundcloud…
A: Anything goes! Whatever makes you feel fabulous when you're dancing. The music at the launch will consist of a mix of girly classics, speedy cheese and hyperactive dance music, like you can hear in the Soundcloud mix!

Q: 3 reasons why we should buy Damsel Zine:
1. There are 18 fabulous artists featured
2. To be a part of our first ever issue
3. So we can start cracking on with issue 2!!!

Fri 2 Jun: afterTouch

Fri 2 Jun: afterTouch

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AfterTouch @ VFD round 3 of our nonsensical AfterTouch situations

and FYI this time we're packed with sweat, molten lava, tears + other bodily fluids

more visceral club music and experimental east-london drag than you can shake a fiery hot poker at

DJs: B.YHZZ (Warsaw) https://soundcloud.com/byhzz

KRY (Warsaw) https://soundcloud.com/krykrykry

Ni-Ku (LDN) https://soundcloud.com/ni-kuu

Performances:

Shay Shay

Lewis G Burton

Edythe Woolley

Dan McBride

J.Aria

Hosts:

Fung and Aurora (Chronic Illness)

Queens of The Underworld

£6 

Tamara Hill: Dance -  VFD in collaboration with University of Westminster

Tamara Hill: Dance - VFD in collaboration with University of Westminster

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VFD Peep Hole Installed! 
There’s an exciting new work on show in VFD’s window gallery. The piece has been created by Tamara Hill as part of a collaboration between VFD and the University of Westminster.
VFD’s creative director, Lyall Hakaraia, partnered up with Liliana Sanguino (Senior Lecturer - BA Fashion Marketing and Promotion) offering Lilianna’s students the window gallery space to use for a site-responsive installation project.
Liliana’s students visited the space to learn of its history. All students then pitched an idea and Tamara’s was selected as winner. Reconfiguring the usual set-up of the window gallery, Tamara’s work requires the space to be darkened, so the front shutter will remain closed for the duration of the display, with visitors viewing through a peep hole space in the entrance way instead.

Tamara’s work will exhibited 31st May.

Contact: tamhill13@yahoo.co.uk

Sun 28 May: Sunday funday ~ Funderbolt

Sun 28 May: Sunday funday ~ Funderbolt

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CLASH///BOOM///THWARPLLL///(rumbles and other ominous sounds) The tumultuous seasons are a'changing unsteadily, dark clouds swarm on the horizon and the smell of static dust electrifies the storm chaser's souls. It's time for a blow out, a mega~storm, to cleanse the air and precipitate the coming summer sunshine.

We need a 🌬⚡️FUNDERBOLT⚡️🌬

The SUNDAY~FUNDAY squad are back again with a storm of colour and queerness! Loud music, flashing lights, flouncing through the clouds, dancing in the rain, and cleansing our cuts and bruises.

And as the eye of the storm passes right overhead, we will bunker down in the protective stomach of VFD and hold a very special late night drag show flooded with unique creatures spirited in from distant lands!

With extra special weather girl Ellis D giving us some shelter, and international megastorm Gaff~E hurling down hailstones of magic on the decks, it'll be a gail force party!

So take our advice, don't take any unnecessary journeys, hide your kids, and get ready for a transformational tempest late late late into the night!

Doors at 9:00pm, Shows at midnight, party party party til late late late get wet wet wet drip drip drip drop don't stop 💧

Sat 27 May: Burning Down the House

Sat 27 May: Burning Down the House

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Pull up to the bumper + enslave yourself to our rhythm. It's our May edition of BDTH. Get ready for more…

'80s / NEW WAVE / DISCO / GLAM / SYNTHPOP / ITALODISCO GLITTER / SWEETS /

Expect to hear: Grace Jones, Talking Heads, The Slits, Tom Tom Club, Siouxsie + the Banshees, Prince, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Pixies, William Onyeaboar, Whitney Houston, Visage, Odyssey, Patti Smith, Blondie, Madonna, The Human League, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, Diana Ross, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Joy Division, Candi Staton, Bow Wow Wow, Chaka Khan, The Jesus + Mary Chain, Adam + the Ants, Cheryl Lynn, Chic, Demis Roussos, Donna Summer,

WHAT ♥ BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

WHEN ♥ 10PM-3AM Saturday 27th May

WHERE ♥ VFD, 66 Stoke Newington Road

HOW MUCH ♥ £5 advance https://billetto.co.uk/e/burning-down-the-house-27-5-tickets-194458 Tickets available on door too

Triple Threat: Lucy McCormick - catch it in Brighton this Saturday

Triple Threat: Lucy McCormick - catch it in Brighton this Saturday

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Triple Threat, a trash-step dub-punk morality play for the modern age, stormed the Edinburgh Festival last year, smashed a sell-out month’s run at Soho Theatre in February, and is now heading to the Brighton Festival for one night only at the Marlborough, Brighton this Saturday 6 May. This hilarious, anarchic retelling of the new testament swipes at Christianity, celebrity, and morality via a full-throttle, sexy hot mess of comedy, cabaret, chaos and Nutella.

Lucy herself is a genuine triple threat. Her triumvirate of talents - singing, dancing and acting - are on full show throughout, alongside various body parts. It’s hard to find theatre with such fierce and fearless performances, with a soundtrack to match.

VFD cannot recommend this highly enough if you happen to be in the area.

Triple Threat 

by 

Lucy McCormick 

Sat 6 May

Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

Fri 26 May: Rad Festa

Fri 26 May: Rad Festa

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oh my god who are you voting for? did you hear they called an early election? theresa may is such a bitch!!! but did you watch drag race last night? jeremy corbyn looked fabulous!? do you think she stoned those tights? which bathroom can i use? is this place gender neutral? is it a safe space? why did none of you tell me my dress was ugly? donald who?? meat is murder yes gawd? is that a real fur coat? brexit bitch!!!! OH MY GOD TAKE A FUCKING BREAK

RAD FESTA is back back AGAIN BITCH

AND THIS TIME WE'RE CELEBRATING OUR VERY OWN EUROPEAN SISTER'S BITHDAY Alexandre Simões ( SWEET 60 )

SO COME KICK BACK RELAX AND PUT ON YOUR HEELS !

PERFORMANCES Kevin Le Grand Bailor ( your fabulous host ) Kale Dogan

DJs Kevin Le Grand Bailor Alexandre Simões Josh Quinton

Thu 25 May: Matriarchy #1

Thu 25 May: Matriarchy #1

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This is our first time, like a virgin... A Divine-inspired night, a house party filled with art, music and a stage made of dreamy marshmallows!

Live: Plastic Nanzy

Minnie Micros

With video projections throughout the night by sassy queen extraordinaire, Anna Bo

Hexmaze DJs

Kat Hudson: Resurrection

Kat Hudson: Resurrection

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‘Resurrection’ by Kat Hudson - Oil paint on 1m x 2m wooden canvas. Following on from Kat’s Living Dead series (shown last Summer at The Retro Gallery) ‘Resurrection’ is a celebration of the collective voices of our community, standing up against segregation and hatred fuelled by our current political climate. The piece and ideas behind it were a catalyst for group exhibition and club night FAT LiP which will be returning to VFD very soon.

See more of Kat’s work on her website: kathudson.co.uk and on Instagram @kathudson