British Artists To Invade the LES

British Artists To Invade the LES
Laura Feinstein
  • 19 august 2009

British light artist Shantell Martin is a busy women. Besides being the definition of Tri-Coastal, spending her time between London, Tokyo, and New York, Shantell has been able to travel across the country VJing and sketch projecting, which according to one recent bio explains as “Using the latest drawing tablet technologies, Shantell illustrates the music that she hears, mesmerizing crowds with art that’s drawn in time with the beat. She projects her unique real-time illustrations onto walls, screens and sometimes the dancers themselves. Shantell says that she isn’t simply drawing, but rather, is reacting to the music, the dancers and the moment.” Most recently added to Shantell’s long list of accomplishments is an upcoming Londoner in Residence within the Wish You Were Here space in the Lower East Side from Aug 20 – Sept 13.


During her residency (which is part of the Wish You Were Here artist exchange), Martin will be setting up camp on the LES, while her American counterparts will be planning a reciprocal visit to the Newburgh Quarter, London  in October.  This foreign exchange is meant to be a way to bridge the gap between the exciting art taking place in both cities as well as  showcase new talent.  The bi-coastal event will feature an exchange of 30 independent boutiques reflecting changing trends in fashion, accessories and lifestyle elements, all  set within local ‘popup’ shops.

According to the website:

“All designers taking part in this project will be completely new to each city, bringing an element of welcome surprise emphasizing each other’s desirable design diversity. The Newburgh Quarter and Lower East Side have, for several decades, been renowned for their individual styles – edgy, vibrant, fun and punchy, also in their own way, iconically metropolitan.”

For those of you in New York, there’s an exciting list of events on the Docket including London/LES Fashion Show + Ladies Lotto Block Party, ‘Wish You Were Here’ MVP/Where Concierge Event (which is a ‘Private event open to all concierges’, and a Labour Day in the LES party which encourages guests to wear white past it’s designated season for discounts on local on participating stores as well as goodie bags for select few.


However, for those of you in London, don’t feel too left out, when Wish You Were Here swings by town for the fall there’ll be events such as a Lower East Side Block Party, featuring a live fashion catwalk show down Newburgh Street with a chance to win the looks in the  show, as well as a New York Halloween Party featuring a street food fest, live performances, and prizes for the best costumes of the day.

Though one of the masterminds behind the event, we’re hoping that Shantell will be able to find time in her schedule to give as a a peak at what she has planned next to trip the light fantastic.

For more information, visit the Wish You Were Here Website at


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