Jonathan Fryer

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Underneath the Arches

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 12th May, 2007

shunt-logo-2.jpgLast night I was able to join my friend and fellow LibDem campaigner Steven Gauge to celebrate the end of his fourth decade (and coincidentally Tony Blair’s bowing out after 10 years in office), at The Shunt at London Bridge. I suspect that most Londoners have no idea that there is a vast exhibition space underneath the station there, which one enters through an anonymous little door in Joiner Street, the covered walkway that is lined with bagel and pie stalls. It’s all very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish, as you leave the madding crowd of commuters rushing home and enter the sombre caverns, arch after arch stretching way into the distance, before eventually reaching a large, high-ceilinged bar. It’s a fantastic exhibition and performance space, operating on a membership basis, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 6pm to 11pm.  Each week is curated by a different artist. As the organisers confess endearingly on their website, ‘Some will fill the space with non-stop entertainment, some will do next to nothing. Fortunately, the bar staff are more reliable.’  Last night, there was a ‘flying workshop’ and other bird-inspired experiments put on by third year students from Central St. Martin’s, as well as an interactive sound installation, including a ‘hydro-acoustic big bang filter’ — great fun. The latter will be gurgling and booming until May 18.


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