Shop Talk

#4 From the galleries to the streets…

Shard laser show

London’s horizon will alight with lasers this evening for the inauguration of the Shard. Regardless of whether you think Sauron’s offspring is easy on the eye or just an eyesore, the 309 metre tall tower promises to be quite the spectacle. Lasers will beam across the city, highlighting landmarks like the Gherkin, St Paul’s and London Eye to the sound of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The party kicks off at 10.15pm so grab yourself a good spot.

Deutsche Börse Photograph Prize 2012 (13 July – 9 September 2012) at The Photographer’s Gallery

If last year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (http://bit.ly/LqU9j1) is anything to go by then photograph enthusiasts should be in for a treat this year. Renowned for its eclectic cross-section of contemporary photography, this year’s shortlist ranges from young slum dweller’s on the outskirts of Accra to Rinko Kawauchi’s ethereal landscape illuminations.

‘Up Close’ at Signal Gallery (21st June – 14th July)

Although Signal Gallery’s latest exhibition (http://bit.ly/MRak7n) is an amalgamation of three artists, it’s Caroline Burraway’s haunting charcoal faces that steal the show. The recent graduate of St. Martins ability to capture the soft creases and crevices of an aging man with sensitivity and intensity of expression is testament to her control of charcoal.

Canstruction, Canary Wharf, (25th June – 7th July)

Finally, Canstruction (http://bit.ly/ItS2Th) has taken a hop skip and a jump across the pond and settled itself in Canary Wharf for the first time. While some may relegate these tin can sculptures to the low-brow bracket, I say embrace the kitsch and marvel at the designers, architects and engineers getting creative with 40,000 cans of food.

Maltby Street food market

In a cobbled corner of Bermondsey, the meandering Malty Street food market (http://www.maltbystreet.com/) offers a bustle free alternative to Borough Market. Monty’s Deli promises Jewish soul food with its pickles, homemade coleslaw, chopped liver and matzo ball soup. There’s African Volcano Peri Peri sauces and hot chocolate hailing from Colombia. Freshly baked bread and doughnuts, goulash, freshly carved Spanish jamon and buttermilk pancakes courtesy of Bea’s Diner. Need I go on? Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m

Jess Jones