We’ll be back after this short intermission

Posted on April 25, 2015

Are you wondering why we have been a little quiet of late?

Almost two years ago, I (Jenna) quit my full-time job in order to set up Carousel. But London is an expensive place to call home. And working ad-hoc isn’t exactly sustainable, especially when those ad-hoc jobs are for charities (badly paid) or for artists (very cold). So after much deliberation, in February I decided to accept a full-time role programming the art and culture events for a venue in Hackney.

This is not the end of Carousel and longterm I know that it will help to make Carousel more effective. So please just bear with me while I navigate the new routines of 9-5 life. We’ll be back in business soon.

In the meantime, thank you for all your truly humbling love and support so far.


First Event of 2015!

Posted on February 20, 2015

Towards the end of last year our friends Hysterical Injury (who headlined the Friday night at our launch weekend back in 2013) asked if we would do them the honour of helping with the launch of their splendid new EP ‘Blood Burst’. Needless to say, we didn’t have to think very long about it. So here it is!

HI will be joined by the super brilliant bands Esper Scout and Bad Grammar. It’s at Power Lunches on 26 March and is just £4, payable on the door. More info over here.

‘Hysterical Injury bring some Savages like post-punk, but with more violent grunge riffing and slightly better singing’ – The GuardianHI-poster-LONDON-PS-

A Golden Winter

Posted on January 9, 2015

Two weeks, eight artists, four workshops, two performances, one party and several thousand cups of tea later, we said farewell to Goldsmiths University at the start of December. A brilliant few weeks which brought artists, activists and the curious passer-by together in a splurge of creativity and collaboration.

Massive thanks to everyone who took part, especially to all of our contributing artists and volunteers, Lisa Busby at Goldsmiths, Let’s Start A Pussy Riot, Louisa Bee (press officer at Dulwich Picture Gallery), Open Book Project and all the many many people who came by to chat and share ideas. We’ll be honest – we are still feeling a little dizzy from it all. Good dizzy, but still dizzy.

We’ve uploaded some photos on our Facebook page and there are some on our Gallery page too.

2015 has a lot to live up to.

'The Other' Pop-Up | Goldsmiths University | 26 Nov - 6 Dec 2014

Carousel & Goldsmiths University of London present: The Other

Posted on November 20, 2014

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Goldsmiths students, we need you!

Posted on November 1, 2014

Carousel pop-up open call poster

other /’ʌðə/

1. used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already known about.

2. that which is distinct from or opposite to something.

3. a person or group of people intrinsically different from and alien to oneself.

 From 24 Nov – 7 Dec 2014, we’ll be joining forces with Goldsmiths at 310 NX Rd to hold a multidisciplinary DIY pop-up featuring exhibitions, installations, music, performances, discussions and more. Now open for submissions exclusively from Goldsmiths students and alumni. We are seeking:

- Artists working in any medium to explore the theme of ‘The Other’. The chosen work will form a public exhibition held for the duration of the pop-up. Some pieces can be in progress at the time of exhibition and could potentially be worked on on site.

- Musicians, performers and filmmakers to showcase their work at gigs, events and live shows. Contributions for these events should also tie in with the idea of ‘The Other’ – whether through the stories told, the medium used or by the way in which the artist identifies themself.

- Researchers interested in ideas connected to The Other, including gender, feminism and identity – particularly in relation to the arts and the creative spheres.

- Volunteers to help before and during the pop-up, especially those who want to gain experience in curating, events and arts programming.

Collaborative work is encouraged and multi-disciplinary submissions will be welcomed. Please note that we do not have the budget to contribute towards materials or equipment, nor can we provide very specialist technical support.

Exhibiting artists must be available for installation on 24 November and break down on 7 December. If you are submitting work as a group, at least one participating artist must be a Goldsmiths student or alumni.

To submit, please send information about yourself and examples of your work, along with a proposal or idea of how you’d like to contribute.

All enquiries and submissions should be sent to Jenna at hello@thisiscarousel.co.uk.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 7 November.

Clowns, Curiosities and Candy Floss

Posted on October 24, 2014

After a week at A-side B-side Gallery, which included 11 very talented artists, several pairs of helping hands and far too many ginger nuts biscuits, the circus has now left town. Thanks so much to everyone who came down to All The Fun Of The Fair, all of the artists and a massive thank you to Catherine at A-side B-side gallery for all the support.

Photos can be seen here. Shout out to Merlin Jobst, who, as well as being a wonderful photographer, is also the owner of the most popular tarka dhal recipe on the whole of the internet. Yes, really.

From our head count (and judging by the number of empty wine bottles) we can safely say that over 100 people squeezed into the Private View, and lots more came to visit over the course of the weekend. We were also featured in The Other Art Map, a guide to east London galleries and exhibitions taking place during Frieze. Look, here we are!


We got some very special tote bags for the occasion, featuring the logo done for us by our favourite drummer/drawer Fliss Kitson and printed by Dan Bee, one of our contributing artists. Yours for only £6 – we still have some left, so drop us an email if you’d like one (hello@thisiscarousel.co.uk).

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We’re now busy putting together our next open call, which we will share with you very soon.


All The Fun Of The Fair: contributing artists announced

Posted on September 26, 2014


Carousel presents All The Fun Of The Fair, a group exhibition exploring the more macabre side of the fairground.

Installation, audio, drawing, photography & printing; The Circus, from freak-shows to the occult.

Bex Massey http://bexmassey.com/
Caroline Derveaux-Berté http://www.carolinederveaux.com/
Christina Rose Brown http://www.christinarosebrown.co.uk/2756048
Dan Bee http://www.danbeeillustration.co.uk/
Emily Pope http://www.emilyjuliapope.com/
Fox Irving http://www.foxirving.com/
George Myers http://www.george-myers.com/
Lora Hristova http://www.lorahristova.com/
Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould http://www.roxytopiapaddygould.com/
Yole Quintero http://www.yolequintero.com/


16-20 0ctober 2014
A-side B-side Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace E8 2BT
11am-6pm and by appointment

OPEN CALL : Carousel presents All The Fun Of The Fair

Posted on July 27, 2014

All The Fun Of The Fair Open Call

Carousel presents All The Fun Of The Fair, a group exhibition exploring freakshows, fanfare and frippery. Featuring artists fresh from some of London’s finest art and design schools, All The Fun Of The Fair is an interdisciplinary exploration of the more macabre side of the merry-go-round.

Now open for submissions from emerging artists working in any medium including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, audio and performance. Please email hello@thisiscarousel.co.uk with details and images of your work. Deadline for submissions is 4 September 2014.

All The Fun Of The Fair will run from 15 – 20 October 2014 at Hackney’s A-Side B-Side Gallery, to coincide with Frieze Art Fair and The Other Art Fair. A Private View will be held from 6pm-9pm on 16 October.

The exhibition will be included in The Other Art Map, a hard copy catalogue featuring selected east London galleries’ exhibitions during the week of Frieze Art Fair. The map and catalogue are distributed at Frieze and in the month prior to the fair.

Summer in the City

Posted on July 27, 2014

It has been a busy few months.

Having been fortunate enough to secure funding for our pop-up, we have spent the best part of three months looking for the perfect space in which to host it. Somewhere accessible and inclusive, which will suit the multidisciplinary nature of the project and be welcoming to the curious passer-by. Now that we have a budget behind us, we were hopeful that we would be able to find a sole occupation, public-facing space that would be suitable for music, art, discussions, performances and other events.

It was always a tall order. Aside from the disappointing realisation that there are very few spaces in the capital that have wheelchair access, we have really struggled to find somewhere that supports and promotes our values of equality and diversity while being a fun place to hang out. But it is true that opportunities sometimes present themselves in the unlikeliest of places, and it is often when you are looking for one thing that something even better comes up.

We first contacted A-Side B-Side Gallery about renting the gallery for a two-week residency. We love the space – it is run by some brilliant people who fully support our aims, it is completely accessible and is housed in the beautiful arts hub of Hackney Downs Studios. So when they then offered us use of the gallery to hold an exhibition during Frieze, we knew that it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Our show at A-Side B-Side gallery will be featured in The Other Art Map, a hard copy catalogue of exhibitions in east London, which is distributed for the month prior to and during the fair. We are seeking submissions now – visit our Upcoming Events page to find out more.

That’s exciting development Number 1.

Exciting development Number 2 came about through a chance meeting with someone at a gig in a pop-up record shop. It is now evolving into the type of project that a few months back, we never could have imagined or even hoped to be part of. More details on this soon, promise.

So that has been our summer so far. We are continually humbled by the support, encouragement and belief that people – often strangers – are showing. It’s kind of amazing.


Posted on June 9, 2014

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We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded funding to hold a two-week pop-up this autumn!

We’re looking for artists and contributors of all kind to take part – get in touch if you’d like to showcase your work or share your skills.

More info coming soon…