I have come to accept that every conversation I have about London will necessarily involve the topic of how expensive everything is. Now depending on how deep the conversation becomes it may also descend into the accompanying problem gentrification poses for the arts scene in a city whose saving grace is its cultural multiplicity. Thankfully such realities are eased by the existence of an abundance of necessarily -and gratefully- free artistic spaces. The Infinite Mix exhibition joins the aforementioned, with what can only possibly be understood as an ode to sound and videography.
A night of breathtaking African art, fashion, and music, we went to Bonhams for ‘Africa Now’, a refreshingly diverse arts event organised by Cuppy and Temi Odetola in aid of the Dangote Foundation. We caught up with Cuppy after the event to discuss her work with the Dangote Foundation and her journey to becoming one of Africa’s rising stars.
In the run up to publishing his first art book titled 'Misreading My Madness', Zach Thompson aka Vizualzmt has linked up with visual creative Leo (Aaron O'neil) to produce a short film of the same title.
Women For Refugee Women is a non-profit organisation challenging the injustices experienced by women who seek asylum in the UK. This week, they are releasing a video each day to highlight the imminent demolition of the Calais Jungle to try and raise awareness of the plight many women in the jungle have faced prior to their arrival there.
This year, Afropunk hit London for the first time. Held at the prestigious Alexandra Palace, festival-goers at Afropunk were treated to performances from Grace Jones, Kwabs, Jorja Smith, SZA and more. We headed to the festival last weekend to document the display, check out our full photo album on our facebook, and get a look at the highlights here.
Hailing from Brazil, Nadia Maria is an exciting photographer living in Bauru, São Paulo. She became interested in photography at the age of 8, taking pictures of her dolls. 14 years later, her images tell powerful stories of the human body, landscapes, animals, and personal life experiences.
Jeff Östberg is based in Stockholm and his work captures his love of the city he resides in. Varying from everyday scenes to city landscapes, his pieces give a feeling of warm familiarity within their simple complexity. Of his work, Jeff says: "My pictures are often characterised by people that I see in my everyday life, fluid shades and soft colours." Check out this talent!
A lot of people that eat meat think being a vegan is about eating carrots. But Cook Daily is not your typical vegan spot. King, head chef and creator of the restaurant, is changing the way young people actually think about what is in their food, making veganism more accessible to the urban culture.
With roots deeply embedded in the music industry alt—native raise the bar for designers and creatives involved in the music industry with their debut conceptual release ‘So Help Me God'. Check out their vision for the album which includes a collectors packaging and custom Yeezy merchandise.
Based on the overwhelming success of last year’s all female production workshop, Radar Radio are launching a new academy on the 23rd July to 20th August offering 16-25 year olds the opportunity to take part in five beginner level workshops focusing on music production, mixing/djing and radio presenting at their east London studio in Old Street. We've got details on all the workshops and how to apply.
It's been less than a week since the EU referendum, and the dust is still yet to settle. With politicians resigning left and right, and as the government continues to contradict itself, the 48% who voted remain are still reeling from the results. For our friends across the pond who have to face making a decision with just as staggering consequences in just a few months from now, we can only hope that the failings of the British government serve as a stark reminder and lesson to those before they cast their ballot this November.
The Palladium Boots Explorer Series is the footwear brand's campaign that puts the spotlight on creatives around the world. This year sees Palladium recruit London's very own, and friends of COZY, Places + Faces who take you on a adventure around the capital as they explain how Places + Faces came to be and what motivates them.
Here at COZY we've always been about supporting the people who are pushing the creative culture in London, whether that's through events, music, art, or food. This Thursday (yes, tomorrow) our pals at Like Water are throwing their launch event at Soho House's Concrete Space, and it's going to be a good one.
Before I attended the show I knew little to nothing about Lorraine Hansberry. This may be shocking or not to regular theatregoers, but although I love seeing plays, I am not one. That being said, I have seen a few plays in my life but none have left me standing outside after the curtains, talking for hours with complete strangers about what we’ve just witnessed. - ★★★★★
‘Time in Hand’ creatively bridges the gap between music video and film as the audience follow the journey of a commuter as he attempts to escape the routine and monotony of everyday life. Filmed in the urban vastness of Warsaw, the derelict buildings and Polish woodlands provide a perfect backdrop for a timeless city.
Adrienne Raquel is a 25-year-old creative based in NYC who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, tells us she draws a lot of inspiration from Houston’s sub-tropical environment, where she studied at university. When we found Adrienne's profile on instagram, we definitely saw the tropical references, bright, colourful and bursting with life, we fell in love with her feed. Raquel tells us "I love to capture shots that are reminiscent of summer and tropical settings, I incorporate a lot of these elements into my photography." We caught up with Adrienne to talk more about her influences.
It's always nice to see ladies from around the world making moves in the art scene. Meet 20 year old artist, Beth Mellett. Originally from Liverpool, she’s now pursuing a degree in Fine Arts at Camberwell in London. She chats to COZY about what inspires her, being vulnerable with her art, and magic.
Ash Evans is a UK based graphic designer and illustrator. His work is based around ideas that are influenced by objects, emotions, and spaces he encounters on an everyday basis. Able to create outstanding pieces on various mediums, Illustrator and 3D programs are his preferred tools.
In the month that the cast of Kurupt FM were nominated for a BAFTA and Skepta headlined Berlin’s techno palace Berghain (Das ist Shutdown?), the people of London had an abundance of world-class events to choose from. But fear not, there’s still plenty more amazing gigs to get down to this month. COZY MAG brings you the lowdown on the best gigs and events the capital has to offer in the last stretch of April…
Irina Kruglova is a Chicago based graphic designer and illustrator. In this series of illustrations Irina presents some popular personalities: Pharrell, Frida Kahlo, Bill Murray, Martin Luther King, Ibeyi, Marvin Gaye, Solange, Miyazaki Hayao, Picasso, and Terry Richardson.
For those with an interest in the culture and atmospheric appeal of the UK, one of the most fascinating things can be to look at how many great works of literature, film, and even television were inspired by the land. For this World Book Day, we're giving you our top real-life literary locations.
Ronan Mckenzie is a 21 year old photographer from London. Her work includes backstage shots for Marques Almeida, as well as features in i-D magazine. The 'A black Body' is her first exhibition which took place on the 18th-21st of December 2015. Ronan hopes to one day expand this concept and open a talent agency to represent people of colour.
Annie Leibovitz's portrait exhibition hits London this week! Continuing on from a project that began over 15 years ago, Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibition – ‘Women: New Portraits’, features some of the world’s most inspirational women including Misty Copeland, Serena Williams, and Oprah Winfrey. To give us a deeper insight into Annie’s role with UBS, we spoke to Johan Jervoe, UBS Group Chief Marketing Officer.
Scott W Mason is a British fashion image maker, and recent graduate from Falmouth University. Specialising mainly in illustration, Scott showcases fashion through highlighting shape and hints of colour. We spoke to Scott about this year's LCM, see what he had to say and check out some of his outstanding illustrations!
20 year old George Muncey embarked on a collaborative project with two other artists (Tyler Reed and Maciek Wysoczanski) he met online. The outcome? YOUTH, an ethereal piece of work featuring photography and illustration offering a reflective depiction of the "youth" of today. We caught up with George to find out more about the passion-project, and his view on the creative culture today.
We went along to the annual Art Licks Weekend Festival - a showcase of up and coming artists and their work in project spaces across London. Funded by the Arts Council England, Cockayne and the London Community Foundation, the 3-day festival was an opportunity for artists and curators to share their work with the public from the start of the creative process right through to the finished product.