“Haggerston is first recorded in the Domesday Book as Hergotestane, possibly of Viking origin, an outlying hamlet of Shoreditch. By Rocque’s 1745 map of Hackney, the village is shown as Agostone and had by the 19th century become part of urban sprawl, with streets of workers’ cottages and factories lining the canal.”
What is is, is a part of London close to the City, but historically deprived. It’s cheek by jowl next to trendy Shoreditch, but it’s really not trendy. Haggerston does not have many claims to fame but Edmund Halley, astronomer, was born here and it did give birth to a Nobel prize winner. It’s a quiet place where not much happens. It’s also where our studio is.
Studio 75 is not the only art space in the locale – the Drawing Room is down the road and there are other studio groups. We’re kind of trying to make connection with local people though, since we live here and we’re not just after cheap space.
To ths end, Nazir took on an opportunity by the Housing Association who owns our building, L and Q, to paint a huge mural on the hoarding of one of their building projects. It’s fantastic, coz big walls aren’t easy to come by in London.
Just watch the video!
The making of Haggerston Untitled, by Nazir Tanbouli