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TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND – full film

Here is the full version of the film TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND directed by Gillian McIver, about Nazir Tanbouli’s Kingsland Project, the biggest solo street art prioject in London to date.

Full credits are on http://www.kingslandmural.co.uk

TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND

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.

Here’s the trailer:

Taking Over the King’s Land  on Vimeo.

There will also be a short book published by Studio75 to accompany the film, coming out in late 2013.

The King’s Land wins an award

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.

Nazir Tanbouli’s blog

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.

Please see http://nazirtanbouli.wordpress.com/ for my blog “Nazir Tanbouli | An Egyptian artist in London.”

THE KING’S LAND on BBC International

Here is the link: http://youtu.be/3BLb-CrsrWc

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 😉

An amazing time was had by all ….

Some highlights of the King’s Land Art Party. The performers:

RIGHTEOUS BAND  the Reggae Supergroup – follow them on @RighteousBand

The lyrics of the songs this Roots group were singing to us all never felt more true and beautiful than on this day! 

DIDJITALIS yes that’s right, a jazz | DJ |  didgeridoo  fusion collective, awesome!

DAVE ELVIS 

A beautiful day – even the weather was kind.

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!)

LATEST MURAL!

IT’S THE OPENING of the project today but I could not resist bloggin this photos. Last night at about 9 pm I completed the last ever King’s Land mural. It is 2 full  colour murals on upper balconies of the bricked off building. (this is just one of the 2)

These 2 were actually the first murals I did but i soon realised that the heaviness of them (acrylic on paper) would not stand up to the weather if put in an unprotected place. And for sure the weather turned out worse than anyone ever expected this season! But yesterday my good friend DJ MR TAD brought me a scaffold and so Anna and I were able to get up onto the bricked off balcony and mount these murals in a place where they’d be protected. The bricked off bit was pretty vile though, a sludge of dead rats and sewage from the broken drains, all kinds of crap we had to stand in it when we put up the murals. Will never forget that!

Ok it’s time to go off to the party. After 3 months hard labour  I’d like to say I’m gonna relax and enjoy the fruits of my labour but actually I a won’t be able to: I am booked for a gig of live drawing at the Lost Dawn club night in Kings Cross at 11 pm till 2 am. And tomorrow I have to go look at a new wall …

Vernissage ( a fancy word for Party)

On 30 June the King’s Land will be completed, officially. As you will know if you’ve been following this blog, it’s been a good few months of making murals and remaking them. After June 30 though, the murals will stay as they are until the building comes down, in late autumn. I’ll have covered every building on the estate.

So, those of you who are in or near London, please do come on Saturday and celebrate the project. I can’t promise great weather, but I can promise art and music.

Best,
NAZ

Two New Creatures

Despite the weather two new creatures have appeared on The King’s Land, swimming up and plonking themselves on the wall, peeping in the window… We had a day of sun, and this is what happened:

They are on Whiston Road.

It’s raining again, needless to say.