Kaleidoscope, an exhibition by Helz

Kaleidoscope, an exhibition by local artist Helz.

Private View 7/4/22 at Giovannas Deli and Wine Forest Gate. E7 0QH

Helz (aka Helen Maule) is an East London based visual artist. Working in a variety of disciplines, through a variety of mediums, Helz has been able to learn and grow. She has contributed work to art trails, exhibitions and festivals both in the UK and around the world and has been featured on several blogs. Helz is currently the Director of Events and Outreach with East London based dance and arts collective, Rain Crew.

“I named the exhibit Kaleidoscope’ after the toys we used to play with as kids. As you move them the image is continually changing by reflecting back on itself, with different shapes and patterns. The more we grow as people, we change and as we change we are shaped by our tastes, our values and the things and people we surround ourselves with. In turn this things are reflected in us, we are them and they are us. The work you see within this exhibition are reflections of an ever changing me – heavily influenced by Hip Hop culture, friendships and my Caribbean heritage.
When I was approached about exhibiting my work at Giovannas, I was humbled that anyone would even consider my work worthy. This is my first solo exhibition and am honoured for it to be at Gios. Giovannas is synonymous with family and community and that same ethic is what influences and inspires me and my work.”
Website: www.hellahelz.com and IG: @hellahelzart

A Redbridge-led recovery?

The BBC has today published a whole series of statistics about how vulnerable different areas of England are to public sector cuts. They have been calculated by the credit rating agency Experian, which has vast databases of the make-up of the country, and are based on a range of different factors such as the number of people employed in the public sector, life expectancy, benefits etc. The BBC News website has all sorts of whizzy maps to explore on the subject.

The overall picture for Redbridge is that it is almost exactly at the mid-point of vulnerability in England – 166th out of 324 areas. But beneath that are a number of interesting figures.

The borough scores highly for the number of self-employed people – 83rd – and is 50th where earnings are concerned. Crime is relatively high at 231, and considering the image many have of Redbridge it scores poorly – 273rd – for the amount of green space (though given the number of very rural districts in England, this is perhaps not so surprising).

Where Redbridge really stands out is on the number of business start-ups since 2008 – third out of the whole of England, behind neighbouring Barking and Dagenham in second place, and Newham in top spot. This is a fascinating picture of enterprise in east London, perhaps influenced by Olympic investment, and particularly important in difficult economic times when so much store is being set on a revival led by the private sector.