June 1 at Puny Gods Cinema in Exeter, at the BILL DOUGLAS CINEMA MUSEUM
June 7 – 12 at Sheffield Docfest Videotheque
“Some people called me a street artist . … Some called me a wanker.” Nazir Tanbouli, Taking Over the King’s Land.
What on earth is an Egyptian doing painting the walls of a condemned block of flats in East London? As the city prepares for the 2012 Olympics, the Kingsland social housing estate lies in ruins, synonymous with crime and brutality. Taking Over The King’s Land follows artist Nazir Tanbouli and his self appointed task to take over the condemned housing estate and cover it with art. He battles the endless rain and the bitter weather of the “British summer.” Can art counter the urban atmosphere of deprivation, blight and neglect?
During the whole project The King’s Land the process of creating murals over an entire derelict housing estate was being documented by film and photography.
The film, TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND (running time 23:00) is complete and is being released by New Reel Films. It’s being submitted to festivals at present. For more about the film, click on the menu above.
Today THE KING’S LAND and STUDIO 75 have won the University of the Arts London CREATIVE ENTERPRISE AWARD 2012., I would like to thank every artist, film maker and blogger who have contributed to the project in any shape or form.
The King’s Land is over now, but it is still attracting visitors, photographers and attention. It is very gratifying to be recognised for a project that was a bit mad, a bit Sisyphean – covering an entire estate in temporary murals – without a penny of funding or sponsorship or personal wealth ;-)
i always believed that artists need money but art doesn’t; art needs Talent and among us there is plenty of it.
Hi all. While I was doing the King’s Land – now finished but still available for view (see map for details) I stopped writing in my personal blog. But now I have gone back to it and am featuring new work and more.
A few months back the BBC sent a crew to film the King’s Land and Studio75, and interview me. (read about it here). Well the film is finally out.
As part of the London Calling season, BBC World Service has been discovering some of the quirkier areas of the Olympic city. In this episode Selin Girit from BBC Turkish explores Dalston in the east of the city. Actually Studio75 is on the border right between Shoreditch and Dalston and so we qualified for both episodes (Shoreditch one here) but we got to be in the Dalston one; Dalston’s just north of us, which the BBC is calling the “hippest place in London”.
It’s pretty cool to be “representing” London internationally like this. Anyway, the film is nice and gives a real flavour of what it’s like around here – when the weather’s good ;-)
I have made a mural on every building in the estate, sometimes more than one.
Some of the murals will last long – until the demolition – because they are painted.
Some will melt in the rain and disappear; rain I didn’t expect to have in such quantity, but hey – c’est la vie.
A lot of people have come – and are still coming – to see the project . If you come, pop into the studio and say hi. It’s featured as part of the Shoreditch Fringe Festival.
Many blogs and articles have followed the project, calling it “the biggest street art project by a single artist in the UK.”
I guess it is. I didn’t set out with that particular goal. I just had a whole estate in front of me and I had to see if I could really do it.
I proved that it can be done. Without any “name” or support or sponsorship. Without decent weather, even. With a lot of energy and determination and great assistants.
I have learned a lot from this project and am still working out what some of what I’ve experienced is all about. I’ll be writing these thoughts over the next few weeks, and putting up some more photos, but for now I just want to chill out in the studio and walk around the estate and look at the murals, and plan what I’ll do next.
I did say I was going to look at another wall and so it was ..
But the forecast is unrelenting and it’s raining again. So no live drawing outside for the foreseeable future.
Sorry to let anyone down, but drawing in the rain just can’t be done.
a wet wall – I drew on it when it was sunny but after a day of rain you can see what happens to it, no drawing possible.
Having said that, I am not going to cry about it. This is the wettest spring and summer since before records began. Huge areas of the UK are flooded and people have lost homes, businesses and, in some awful cases, lives.
just rain and more rain
So if we just have to postpone our art projects for a while , we can live with that.
There will be more photos, and eventually video! Super-talented students and staff from SAE INSTITUTE the nearby Film and Audio-engineering school over on Kingsland Road came and helped out massively. They filmed and photographed the whole day, and even did a splendid DJ set. Thanks so much to Stefano, Lisa, Binita, Charles, Abdel, Nick and Jordan! (NB. SAE will be doing the upcoming Shoreditch Festival so keep an eye out for some great stuff there!)