Ben Westley Clarke – The Cock Tavern Paintings part I




Run by landlady Sheila Gavigan, the longstanding Cock Tavern, an Irish pub in Somers Town, was the favoured pub of the late union leader Bob Crow and has long-served the working community of the neighbourhood. Possibly the last of its kind in London, the pub has been threatened with redevelopment. It has managed to resist gentrification despite the closure of several other local pubs. 

In May 2014, Ben Westley Clarke embarked on a project to document the pub, its goings on and its characters. Spending days and evenings immersed within this environment over the past few months, Ben began by making drawings and portraits of the customers and later brought an easel and a camera to the pub.

The first part of the Cock Tavern project, an installation of oil and acrylic paintings, is being shown at Ladette Space.

Duration 07 March 2015 - 15 March 2015
Times Gallery open Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Ladette Space
Address 55 Cossall Walk London London SE15 2TN, ,
Contact None / hiya@ladettespace.com / ladettespace.tumblr.com

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