Tuesday 19 September 2017

_-__-_ meet me at the Barbican

Saturday was a day with friends
Gina travelled over from Essex 
and we surprised her with a magical mystery
tour of exhibitions and wanderings

after coffee in Shoreditch
we walked to ABP Autograph
to see Zanele Muholi's first solo UK exhibition 
Hail the Dark Lioness 
beautiful striking self portraits
taken across Africa, Europe and America
using materials found 
connections made
we walk through Brick Lane 
and onward to Tayyabs
for a delicious vegetarian punjabi lunch
messaging friends to co-ordinate a 
meet up for a cocktail at Osteria
{free wifi is something else I have missed!}
great views and good company
some had never met each other
and some I'd not seen for too many years!
then onwards to meet a lady
I had not met in real life
but had followed her work for a while
luckily she was part of a group show at the
Strand Gallery
so cool to meet Alison Rylands
and hear about her journey so far 
she allowed me to take this piece 
after we'd rearranged her interactive work!

before waving goodbye 
we passed a bustling alleyway
and found Gordon's Wine Bar
an amazing subterranean space
that served us a chilled bottle of Picpoulet
which we enjoyed outside
as we watched people passing by with 
huge platters of charcuterie, cheese, baguettes
and pickles
a little taste of France in London

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