18 Hewett Street is a concept space in the heart of East London. Housed in a 3-storey warehouse, 18HS lives as a blank canvas for whatʼs good in all verticals of the creative world, playing host to a plethora of different exhibitions, gigs, forums, supper clubs and workshops.
18 Hewett street is endorsed by creative agency Protein.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm (coffee until 5pm)
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Pop in for a drink in our coffee shop Protein by DunneFrankowski.
31st May - 9th June
Join us for the opening night on Thursday 30th May by submitting your name to www.billetto.co.uk/danieljohnstonhere. For those that can't make it, the exhibition will be on till 9th June.
3rd - 9th May 2013
We've been fans of Swallow magazine ever since we picked up the first copy of 'The Nordic Issue', which revealed the then nascent Scandinavian food scene. Now, we're super excited to reveal that Protein will be hosting the official UK launch exhibition of 'The Mexico City Issue' from Friday 3rd - Thursday 9th May at 18 Hewett Street! Alongside the exhibition, Swallow will be taking pride of place on Protein's in-house magazine store The Shelf, where it will be exclusively stocked alongside our all-time favourite food, art and culture reads.
For the uninitiated: Swallow is the anti-foodie food magazine, a palate-pleasing respite from gastronomic faddism. Founded in 2009 by New York-based Creative Director James Casey, each issue is akin to the perfect dinner party where the food is central to the event, but the conversation veers wildly around the table from topic to topic before eventually returning to the procession of morsels at hand.
The new issue zeroes in on one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting metropolises: Mexico City. While various magazines have recently focused on the city's trendiness, Swallow’s excavation of D.F. (as it’s referred to by chilangos, or defeños, or locals) stands as the capital’s most eclectic, electric, surprising and exciting portrait yet.
From matadors, wrestlers, hungry cabbies, and dancing girls, to Aztec beverages, hazardous eats, ultimate tacos, dirt-cheap candy, and preeminent cantinas, all will make an appearance at the show.
Placed at random throughout the magazine are 20 scratch-and-sniff stickers, each impregnated with the unique aroma of one of the the city’s many colonias, or neighborhoods. The scents were captured by noted smell researcher, artist, and Harvard fellow Sissel Tolaas using state-of-the-art gas chromatograph technology, and printed with the technological assistance of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. In other words, this magazine stinks... Literally.
To get a whiff of Mexico City in person, come down to 18 Hewett Street to pick up your own copy of Swallow magazine. For those that can't make it, you can buy copies from The Shelf from 2nd May, here: www.prote.in/theshelf.
Swallow Magazine: 'The Mexico City Issue'
Exhibition: 2nd - 9th May, 2013
18 Hewett Street
London EC2A 3NN
Dante Fried Chicken is back! DFC comes to London to launch Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience on Thursday 4th April, at 18 Hewett Street.
Published by Sterling Epicure (Gordon Ramsey, Bompas & Parr, PDT), Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience is the three-years-in-the-making debut book from Los Angeles-based chef, Dante Gonzales aka Dante Fried Chicken, co-authored by London-based writer Terence Teh and creatively directed by NYC studio HellaCrisis. The cookbook explores Dante’s ‘celebratory food’ philosophy that delves into over 100 of his signature dishes and his unorthodox background as a 13-year-old runaway from South Central, LA who worked his way up through the restaurant industry to opening an award-wining pop-up food truck and international Ride or Fry cook ups, bringing together food, music and art. To celebrate the launch of Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience, DFC creative directors - Ariel Roman, Omar Almufti and Yego Moravia of the Brooklyn studio HellaCrisis, have created an installation and print exhibition that will bring the Ride or Fry experience to life on Thursday 4th April at 18 Hewett Street! The exhibition launch will also feature book readings from Dante, and the afterparty will be hosted by long time DFC collaborators Earnest Endeavours and Protein.
Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience
Thursday 4th April / 7pm
18 Hewett Street
Afterparty at The Horse & Groom
Thursday 4th April / 9pm
28 Curtain Road
Dante Fried Chicken Guest Chef Takeover at Death By Burrito
Thursday 11.04.13 - Sunday 14.04.13
Catch, 22 Kingsland Road
Nina Fowler's dynamic show 'It's Just My Funny Way of Dancing" showcases eight large scale black chalk drawings depicting two females figures embroiled in a lively brawl. The remarkable images capture split second stills from the 1939 film Destry Rides Again, featuring the enamoring Marlene Dietrich. Concurrently portraying great movement with immaculate stillness, the pieces feature intricate detail and illustrate Fowler’s remarkable draftsmanship skills.
Protein is thrilled to host Fowler's exhibition at 18 Hewett Street, opening Friday 15th March, 2013. Fowler’s acclaimed work often harks back to the enchanting world of the silver screen, capturing seductive screen icons and scenes of style and glamour of days gone by. The scale and detailing of the work results in striking high impact images that pay homage to these enigmatic characters. Fowler has gained great recognition for her skill and style, including a nomination for the BP Portrait Prize and the prestigiousJerwood Drawing Prize. She also has a long list of impressive clientele, from art collectors to celebrities, who have been investing in her work over the last few years.
All original work will be for sale alongside limited edition A2 prints of the work. 'It's Just My Funny Way of Dancing' by Nina Fowler opens Friday 15th March and runs till Sunday 31st March.
15th March - 31st March 2013
Mon - Fri - 8am to 6pm
Sat - Sun: 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 6th March 2013
Free but registration essential:
22nd Feb - 3rd March 2013 (Closed Saturdays)
The Gourmand Exhibition is an intimate showcase of limited edition prints especially commissioned for issues 00 and 01 of the publication.
On Monday 18th February MASS present an exclusive evening screening of The Interrupters. From the producer/director of Hoop Dreams, Steve James tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.
Screening held at Protein: 18 Hewett Street, London, EC2A 3NN.
Monday 18th February 2013
Doors 7pm / Film 7.30pm
£5 entry and a free beer on arrival.
8th - 11th February 2013 (closed Saturday)
Private View: Thursday 7th Feb, 6.30 - 8.30pm
To kick off 2013 at 18 Hewett Street, Protein is proud to present interactive artist Chris Shen's original artwork INFRA - a largescale installation that marks the evolution of TV technology. Shen has repurposed 625 discarded remote controls into an infrared sculpture, highlighting the unseen technology in our digital landscape:
"Each of the 625 remote controls is second-hand, without the corresponding TV set - the remotes were discarded, or deemed useless by their previous owner. I will reverse the roles of these devices that are intended to control our TVs, to become the TV itself. By exploring infrared technology, I hope to provide insight into a world that is by its very nature unseen."
Every TV remote has a small infrared LED at the front. When viewed through infrared goggles a small light that cannot be seen normally becomes visible. Shen uses this invisible light to create a display capable of showing recognisable images in the form of live television, the infrared light then brings light to the room, but only in the infrared spectrum.
A super limited run of Shen's first edition INFRA book will be available at 18 Hewett Street from the opening night, be sure to pick one up before they sell out.
The exhibition will run until Sunday 3rd February.
Protein Christmas Market
18 Hewett Street
London EC2A 3nn
Friday 14th December // 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 15th December // 12pm - 8pm
Sunday 16th December // 12pm - 6pm
You may remember our Hewett Street Block Party, where over 3,000 of you came through for a full day summer spectacular complete with raffles, food trucks, and cameos from ODB, Ghostface and RZA. This Christmas, we're upping our festive food game with a 3 DAY CHRISTMAS MARKET!
From the 14th of December, our 18 Hewett Street space will be turned into a Winter Wonderland of Culinary Delights. Mince-pie Popcorn and edible Christmas cards by Animal Vegetable Mineral, Choco Smoked Walnuts by Lily Vanilli, a super special Christmas Pudding from St. John, mouth watering pickles, sriracha, kimchi and jerky from F.A.T., and bad boi salami hampers from Picco Salumi ...
And of course, no Protein event would be complete without a festive tipple. Expect bottled Christmas booze from The Boilermaker, We Are Noble craft beer & fine wines and kickstarter cuppa wonder Good & Proper Tea throughout the three days.
Buying a gift for someone else? Try our donation based gift wrapping service, with paper designs by the ludicrously talented GIF pioneers Reed+Rader, comic artist Joe Kessler (whose show is on at 18HS right now!) and jewellery designer Alice Waese. All profits go to the wonderful Foodcycle charity, so when you're buying your third bottle of Dante Fried Chicken Sock-It-To-Me Apricot Hot Sauce you'll be helping a good cause too.
The Protein by DunneFrankowski coffee shop is open as usual, serving Irish coffees along with sellling their exclusive handpicked Christmas Coffee Box. We've just got a bunch of new arrivals at The Shelf at Protein as well: Bompas & Parr's latest book FEASTING, Dante Fried Chicken’s Ride or Fry, and the latest issues of Lucky Peach, ACQTASTE, Gather Journal, The Gourmand and Wilder Quarterly.
Finally, a selection of limited edition prints from previous shows at 18 Hewett Street will be available, and we've got plenty of Protein gifts including the brand new 2013 Protein Calendar, Bompas & Parr ouija board tea towels, and Good & Proper tote bags to make sure you've got the best goodies this Christmas. come by from 12pm on Friday where we'll be serving Family turkey tacos, Lily Vanilli absinthe hot chocolate and The Boilermaker hot mulled cider to keep you fuelled.
Our friends at TOMS will be setting up a GIVE Shop at The Old Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane over the weekend too, where there'll be acoustic gigs and craft workshops, so make sure you drop by after!
Follow our Facebook event page for updates: http://on.fb.me/11b1DdN
Foodcycle combines volunteers, surplus food and a free kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty in th UK and positive social change in the community.
Please join us on Thursday 22nd for the private view of Windowpane - an exhibition to mark cartoonist Joe Kessler’s first solo book.
The book, synonymously titled Windowpane, consists of a collection of seven short stories that capture his confident and expressive style. Loosely connected by a bridging theme of ‘fire’, the allegorical content of the stories is as impressive as the aesthetic output.
The exhibition will celebrate the book’s UK release by showcasing screen prints, process separations and original drawings – all of which will be on sale, alongside the book, throughout the duration of the show.
To see our gallery transformed by his work, please join us on Thursday the 22nd November from 7-10pm. Free beer will kindly be provided by Becks.
The show will then run until the 2nd December.
08.11.12 - 20.11.12
Reed + Rader are launching their Cretaceous Returns exhibition at 18 Hewett Street on 8th November 2012. A peek into the prehistoric underbelly of dino-daddies Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, the digital art pioneers best known for their spellbinding fashion stories will transport primordial-inspired works from NYC to LDN for an all encompassing animated GIF, video, and sound odyssey.
Having already created GIFs for renowned publications and brands including V magazine, Dazed & Confused, Another, POP, Beck’s and even Victoria's Secret, the Brooklyn-based duo now set to transform 18 Hewett Street's clean white space into a land before time. Paper grass foliage with hidden, small colourful dinosaurs amongst the green will line the walls, with large scale projections setting the scene for Reed + Rader’s free standing dinosaur. You'll be offered headphones blasting music, and invited to dance along with the dubstep dinosaurs throwing killer moves in front of you ...
For the opening night we've invited Bosco and Bee to come down and serve up some wood-fired pizzas from their converted Piaggio ape van. Have you seen Reed + Rader's awesome Pizza Machine video yet? Check it out and come hungry for some real life pizza!
Following the opening of Cretaceous Returns, Protein curates a week of Reed + Rader in London, with exclusive events and a chance to join the artists at the upcoming Digital Art-themed Protein Forum. We'll be marking Reed + Rader’s 10 Year Anniversary by welcoming their digital life into our physical world. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook where we'll be revealing the latest updates on Reed + Rader events during their London takeover.
All artworks from Cretaceous Returns including signed Mini Dinosaur sculptures, limited edition video pieces and prints of the Reed + Rader's prehistoric world will be available for sale from 18 Hewett Street and the Protein Store.
In association with Eye Sea Posters, Protein are excited to present ILUZJON - an exhibition that showcases the very best of Polish film and theatre posters from the 1960s and 1970s.
The exhibition will run from October 19th - 29th.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 4pm
For more info:
Alice Waese Solo Art Exhibition
5th - 14th October
Alice Waese, the Canadian-born artist and designer is returning to London to launch her ﬁrst UK solo show at 18 Hewett Street. Trained in both garment design and ﬁne art, weʼve been a fan of Aliceʼs pieces for a while now (check out the Protein Proﬁle we did on the artist last year and weʼre excited to welcome her back to our space.
Aliceʼs show – taking place straight after Paris Fashion Week where sheʼs debuting a special collaboration with SOME/THINGS – will feature a selection of drawings and jewelry that have never been shown before in the UK. Intricate, delicate and a little dark, Aliceʼs hand drawn artworks will be displayed alongside her sculptural pieces that reveal the experimental artistry of her process. Her items are season-less, and she is now internationally stocked in leading stores including Hostem, Aʼmareeʼs, The Number 4 and Zero + Maria Cornejo LA.
All the artwork will be on sale in the gallery, alongside a collection of bespoke tees sold at 18 Hewett Street exclusively and the Protein Store online.
A solo show by Greg Eason
Example of work -
The forthcoming release from Earnest Endeavours is the eponymous debut EP from the cult NYC / LA experimental duo, Widows. The regular partnership of MC and producer / DJ - that be Jimmy Jams and Bobby Evans (respectively) - is celebrated, supported yet warped and twisted within a wildly creative EP of drums, raps and electronics. Utopian, poetic, bass-driven music underpinned by the utter freedom of creative expression.
On Thursday 24th May 2012 our 18 Hewett Street space will see Earnest Endeavours introduce Widows to London - the duo will be performing a previously unheard and unseen drum installation / performance, supported by a backdrop of pen & ink, calligraphic new works by Earnest Endeavours art director, Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic who is currently one of the Beck’s US Art Labels artists alongside M.I.A, Geoff McFetridge and more.
The Performance Poster Show
2nd – 19th August 2012
This print show brings together some of London's most exciting illustrators and designers to explore what the Olympics, and the concept of 'Performance' means to them. The only limitation given to the designers is that the colour palette must be that of the iconic olympic ring logo.
Including work by:
Curated by Angus McCrum & Tom Pearson.
Love Thy Badger Print Show
21st - 24th June 2012
On the 21st of June we will be opening an exhibition of badger themed art at 18 Hewett Street. The work has been donated by an extremely talented roster of contributors with all funds raised going directly to the Wildlife Trusts.
The government is planning aggressive and scientifically unsound culls this autumn that could see badgers completely wiped out in some areas of Britain. So the badgers have never needed our help more! The proposed culls in Wales have already been dropped in favour of vaccination and we want to help extend this to the rest of the UK.
We will be showing original work from many acclaimed and up and coming artists all of which will be on sale to raise money for the charity. So please join us for an evening of badger-based merriment on Thursday the 21st with drinks kindly provided by Badger Beer. The exhibition will be open until Sunday the 24th June.
Featuring work from:
And many more
Poster by Liam Barret
Something I Ate & On Plate Still Hungry
Friday 27th April - Monday 7th May
Opening Night Friday 27th April 7pm-10pm
Protein is proud to present the launch of On Plate, Still Hungry - a new online food, drink, travel and culture magazine that sees a worldwide collective of writers, artists, chefs, designers, photographers, musicians and filmmakers share meals, stories, interviews and ideas on the daily.
OnPlateStillHungry.compresents exclusive stories from London to Los Angeles, New York to Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Manila, Austin, Tokyo and more, with the search function to be able to follow guest columnists and contributors across food, drink and travel.
To coincide with the magazine’s live launch date, On Plate, Still Hungry collaborates with Brooklyn-founded Something I Ate, a seasonal food+art event series that mirrors the community and contributor concept of OnPlateStillHungry.com, with this being their debut London event.
Celebrating London and food, On Plate, Still Hungry, Something I Ate and Protein invited 60 of our favourite people across food, drink, music, media, art, fashion, film and photography to document a week’s worth of eating. Three photos a day of breakfast, lunch and dinner to give us a snapshot of London eating. That’s over one year's worth photographs of the good, the bad and the tasty, being collated into a large-scale data art installation.
Inspired by the individuals and the food data collated, Something I Ate’s New York chef Sam Kim will be creating a menu that will be served up on the launch night, with music by London’s music and art label and collective, Earnest Endeavours.
Adam Tickle, Addie Chinn, Alison Jones, Ben Kreukniet, Carlos Carneiro, Ciaran McNeaney, David Rowe, Deidra Hodgson, Duffy, Elle Azhdari, Freddie Janssen, Gabriel Pryce, George Whiting, Helen Ralli, J Saintil, James Lowe, James Unsworth, Jodi Muter, Joel Lewis, Jonathan Fagan, Kat Chan, Kat Popiel, Kish, Lillie O'Brien, Marawa Wamp, Max Spencer, Mehdi Lacoste, Miss Cakehead, Missy Flynn, Neal Fox, Peter Crnokrak, Ronojoy Dam, Sam Bompas, Stephanie Reynard, Steve Salter, Suzanne Schurgers, Tasha Marks, Teddy Fitzhugh, Teneil Throssel, Terence The, Toby Evans, Trevor De Cotta, Victor Frankowski, Will Jack, William Rowe, Xenia von Oswald, Zezi Ifore
Music by Earnest Endeavours
Curated by Frederieke Janssen, Terence Teh, Kat Popiel, Mehdi Lacoste & Helen Ralli
Produced by Protein
The Daniel Johnston Show
Mon - Fri / 8am - 6pm
Saturday / 10am - 4pm
Sunday / 10am - 3pm
This exhibition brings together a collection of original drawings by singer, songwriter, artist and cult icon Daniel Johnston.
Daniel has spent over two decades exposing his heart and sublime musings to an adoring and ever-growing fan base.
Partially informed by his ongoing battle with manic depression, his music and art offer a fascinating insight into the inner workings of his mind. Daniel is entirely self-taught and shot to fame in the 90s after a succession of accomplished musicians such as Kurt Cobain, began publicly referencing his work as seminal and personally influential.
This show aims to captures the essence of Daniel's eclectic and expansive body of work.
Curated by Freddie Janssen and Helen Ralli from Protein.
Into The Abyss by MASS
The exhibition will run from Thursday 29th March - Sunday 1st April.
Esther Theaker and Jessica Bernard who make up MASS curate and direct creative projects with an aim to explore stories with challenging subject matter. This exhibition draws inspiration from the new Werner Herzog film, Into the Abyss, which is released on Friday. Herzog's documentary examines the death penalty through humanistic portraits, focusing on two death row inmates, Michael Perry and Jason Burkett. Herzog unravels the crimes and trials from separate viewpoints, exploring the devastating effects on all involved. The exhibition features a select group of artists who have captured unique perspective on the film's themes. Artists featured are Alex Shepherd, Alison Moffett, Theo Turpin, Laurel Schwulst, Margarita Louca and Susu Laroche. The private view is Thursday 29th March, 7pm - 10pm.
Have Fun Always by Teddy Fitzhugh
08.03.12 - 18.03.12
Teddy Fitzhughʼs debut London solo exhibition “Have Fun Always” took place in March 2012 18 Hewett Street. In Have Fun Always, the photographer celebrates the absolute and elemental power of music through striking black and white images of people completely in the moment. The collection of 24 photographs captures the often dramatic narratives of those special, super fleeting, ephemeral moments that are easily missed and forgotten in a haze of the morning after.
At 24 years old, Teddy Fitzhugh is part of Londonʼs creative underground infrastructure that revels in the fact that the cityʼs new music, art and fashion scenes are all intertwined.
Girls On Bikes by INSA
10.11.11 - 20.11.11
The first UK exhibition of INSAʼs photography project Girls on Bikes, featuring photography of models on bikes in front of INSA murals across the globe, the set of images sees INSA orchestrate a conflicting dialogue between his own street art, the possessed object of a bike and the overtly sexualized female presence.
A partnership between Protein and Wallpaper* magazineʼs Editor-at-Large Henrietta Thompson, the Slow Tech ‘designs for digital downtime’ exhibition was part of Shoreditch Triangle for London Design Festival 2011(LDF). Artists including of Hugo Eccles, Héctor Serrano, Kiwi & Pom, Samuel Wilkinson, Nic Roope and more created bespoke pieces that responded to today’s hyper-connectivity and constant communication via digital technology and social networks.
Dante Fried Chicken Taco Shack
02.09.11 - 04.09.11
LA chef Dante Gonzalez AKA Dante Fried Chicken rolled in, served up his signature fried chicken on homemade tacos, blueberry guinness BBQ brisket tostadas, biscuits & gravy, gumbo tamales and fresh horchata. We sold out three days straight.
The Hole NYC & Dazed LIVE
09.04.11 - 23.04.11
Downtown New York art outfit The Hole brought its Postermat show over to London as part of the Dazed Live festival 2011. Curated by The Hole’s director Kathy Grayson, the exhibition included works by Yoko Ono, Barry McGee, Bruce LaBruce, Harmony Korine, Aurel Schmidt and many more.
Two Soups & A Honeybun by Justin ʻKUTMAHʼ McNulty
19.01.11 - 13.02.11
Justin ʻKutmahʼ McNultyʼs solo exhibition of drawings Two Soups & A Honeybun featured 37 intricate linear illustrations created using the most basic of tools - a small HB pencil and a plastic ID card. The collection of compelling drawings were completed in 2010 while Kutmah was detained in a New Mexico prison.
Mon - Fri / 8am - 5pm
Sat / 10am - 4pm
Sun / 10am - 3pm
Our friends DunneFrankowski have designed an awesome modular multi-purpose coffee bar to live in our 18 Hewett Street gallery space. The two coffee connoisseurs have crafted a coffee bar that works under the ethos of functionality over form, focusing on presentation, service and design. It’s a space that can be run comfortably by a maximum two people, and also be taken and re-created in a variety of spaces ... lucky for us, first stop is Protein HQ.
We love our data here at Protein, so have made a real-time Chromo Enabled feed to track/celebrate each and every coffee sold, which you can find here.
18 Hewett street is available for private hire.
Beyond exhibitions and private views, other types of events our space has previously played host to include:
Book & magazine launches
Contact us for more information and prices info [at] 18hewettstreet.co.uk
18 Hewett Street
Tel: 020 7247 3999
info [at] 18hewettstreet.co.uk
Protein by DunneFrankowski Opening Times:
Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm (coffee until 5pm)
Sunday: 11am - 4pm