Henry is a young Royal College of Art graduate and an aspiring textiles artist. His work is challenging, with confrontational quotes and colour clashes. However, he lives in the leafy suburbs of London in relative peace with his mum. Surely these two dynamics shouldn’t work together? Henry acknowledges this, and feels now a need to break away from home and strike out at textile art‘s – and Surrey‘s – newest young artist.
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Film Maker: Nick Shaw
Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? Visiting the Natural History Museum when I was five years old.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? There is a huge diversity of people living in the city and an abundance of activities.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Old Street is my favourite area as it is ever changing and always remains interesting.
- What's your favourite building? The British Museum is stunning to me as I visit it constantly for inspiration.
- What's your ideal day out in London? Drawing up a list of current art exhibitions and spending the day walking to each of them with a friend and discussing what we have seen.
- What's your ideal night out in London? Seeing dance productions at Sadler’s Wells has given me some of my favourite memoires of nightlife in London. Then going to dinner around Angel.
- What's your most hated building? I dislike modern glass architecture so it would be either the Shard or Gherkin.
- What's the best view in London? Overlooking London from the top of Alexandra Park is a tranquil experience.
- What's your favourite open space? I have fond memories of playing and running around Osterley Park as a child.
- What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? A restaurant called Champor Champor that does astonishing contemporary cuisine.
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? I had wonderful times with my last girlfriend in London but one night in particular was my 23rd Birthday, she went to great lengths to make it a special evening.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? I am not a very materialistic person but I do hunger for conversation so would be happy to spend the day speaking with people I find fascinating that live in London.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? If they had never been to the Wellcome Collection before I would have to take them.
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? When I left my work at RCA and had to travel straight back to London to collect it.
- What's your personal London landmark? Wilton's Music Hall. I think everyone should see it and also help support it.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? I thought the characterisation of Richard Mayhew in Neverwhere was an incredibly witty portrayal of a present day Londoner and how they exist in the city.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? One of my favourite TV series set in London is Spaced, which is brilliantly funny.
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? The future.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Ian Dury was a luminescent and fascinating man and I wish I could have known him.