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THE GRUBBY MITTS Live at CAFE OTO April 11th 2019

Thursday April 11th 7.30PM


TICKETs (£12)

The Grubby Mitts Art Ensemble of Mid-Bedfordshire

Emerging ten years ago from the tapered edge of Andy Holden’s art practice The Grubby Mitts have navigated a strange and winding path between art-world performance and experimental pop. After the end of the first incarnation of the band was documented in the rockumentary film Oh! My Friends There Is No Friend, recently exhibited as part of the exhibition Good Grief Charlie Brown at Somerset House, and a hiatus to write new material, the band are back playing live, with a new nine piece line up, and almost all new material. Hybrid genre-hopping collage-pop, elaborate visuals, layered electronics, emphatic repetition and bombastic brass and woodwind arrangements dominated the first album, What the World Needs is… and the The Grubby Mitts new material takes this even further. Walking out over the edge of the cliff the band won’t fall down, unless they look down.

“Extreme melancholy tempered with child-like optimism… A world of late night pub poetry, intergalactic romance, sexual, natural ambiguity and soaring, speechless humanity. The Grubby Mitts offer a overwhelming exercise in sonic, thematic world building… Majestic, loveable, challenging and outright brilliant - offering up anthems alongside avant-garde in a convincing and moving fashion.” - Drowned in Sound


Cafe OTO
18–22 Ashwin street
E8 3DL

Cafe OTO is easily accessible by public transport, see details below.

Overground & East London Line
There are two overground stations very close to Cafe OTO – Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland – that connect you quickly to the rest of London.
The following buses stop nearby: 30, 38, N38, 67, 76, 149, N149, 56, 277 & 242.
There are a limited number of bicycle racks opposite Cafe OTO.Parking
There is no parking at Cafe OTO but you can find a map of some local options here.

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NATURAL SELECTION @ off-sight @ Hospitalfields, Scotland

6th April - 5th May 2019

Location: The Arbroath Courthouse Building, 88 High Street, DD11 1HL

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am-6pm. Sunday 11am-4pm



Natural Selection, an exhibition commissioned by Artangel now touring the UK, comes to Arbroath this spring. Installed in the Arbroath Courthouse Building in the High Street, the show is accompanied by a series of events, workshops and tours.

The exhibition brings a story of birdlife to Arbroath and is the first in a programme led by Hospitalfield for the Angus Place Partnership.

Natural Selection brings together Andy Holden and Peter Holden’s personal collections of found objects with sculpted birdsong, a human-scale bird’s bower, exquisite replica eggs crafted in ceramics and two new video works. The exhibition has been conceived to celebrate an astonishing diversity of natural forms and embrace different ways of looking at the world around us. The art work delves into the history of egg-collecting, from scientific pursuit to competitive and eccentric pastime which became illegal after the 1954 Protection of Birds Act.

Observing a blackbird building a nest in the garden of his parents’ house several years ago, artist Andy Holden began an extended conversation with his father, the eminent ornithologist Peter Holden, about the nest as an overlooked aspect of bird life.

Andy Holden is a contemporary artist and musician, he works with animation, sound, film and sculpture, found objects, printmaking and live performance. Andy is interested in how objects are experienced in the world, leading him to playfully probe meanings like artefact and artifice, authentic and fake, as well as perceptions of scale. Natural Selection marks the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father.

This highly acclaimed art work with its themes rooted in peoples’ lives and passion for birds and bird watching, sometimes destructive in its addictiveness, is exhibited in Arbroath town centre in the previously empty old law courts.

Arbroath Courthouse has been unused for the past four years. During this time the Courthouse Community Trust has formed to secure an Asset Transfer for the community use of the building. Natural Selection is the first public and cultural use of the building which we hope will support the successful Asset Transfer.

Natural Selection at the Arbroath Courthouse is presented by Hospitalfield and Artangel. Use of the Courthouse has been facilitated by the Scottish Courts with support of The Courthourse Community Trust.

Image credits: Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection 2017, an Artangel commission.

Image [1] is by Jazbo Gross; images [2], [4], [5] are by Marcus J. Leith; image [3] is by Liam White. The final image is of the Courthouse in Arbroath.


Fully wheelchair accessible.



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25 Oct 2018 – 03 Mar 2019

£14.00 / £11.00 concessions, Under 12s free

More details 

Embankment Galleries

South Wing

GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition explores Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.

Featuring a new 40min Film “Oh! My Friends…”