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SOUTH EAST LONDON JOURNAL No.13 No.11 THE TH E MDOG U SIC ISSUE I S SU E 1


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WELCOME NOTE Welcome to Journal No.13 - The Dog Issue! Since our handsome yet incredibly cheeky whippet Captain came along five years ago, we've found there to be many

wonderful benefits to dog ownership, not least spending time in South East London’s green spaces in all seasons, having a funny friend who loves to nap a lot of the day, having a paw to hold when times get tough, the endless tales of the silly situations we find ourselves in because of him (the time Captain locked us out of our flat, or chasing him around the park as he did a victory lap with a stolen baguette in his mouth spring to mind…) But the best thing to come of having our daft boy in our lives is that through dog walking, people coming to say hello to him - or by him deciding to say hello to them - we get to meet so many people irrespective of age, race, gender, ability, profession - people from every walk of life. Dogs are without doubt the greatest leveller! It's this levelling quality which we hope shines through Issue No.13 of SELJ. We have the pleasure of featuring hounds who need homes, studio dogs, shop dogs, dogs who inspire learning and even a famous doggo! Thank you as always to the wonderful and generous businesses who support the Journal and everyone who contributed to No.13 - The Dog Issue. We hope you all enjoy it! SELJ X

SOUTH EAST LONDON JOURNAL A free local culture journal Issue No.13 — The Dog Issue E D I T O R + C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R jessica@selondonjournal.co.uk DESIGN polly@selondonjournal.co.uk SUB-EDITOR Fleur Treglown ADVERTISING advertising@selondonjournal.co.uk info@selondonjournal.co.uk www.selondonjournal.co.uk @selondonjournal COVER PHOTOGRAPH Jessica Miller This issue is dedicated to Captain’s best mate Norrie, her wonderful owners and daughters M & L. We also remember much-loved Riley the Border Terrier, Millie the Shar Pei and Alba the Beddlington Terrier.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, South East London Journal does not accept liability for any errors or omissions within this issue. Reprinting of any article or original images from South East London Journal without express permission of the Editor is expressly forbidden. © South East London Journal 2018

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nimi attanayake

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marcel, le corgi

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housework(press)

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children's what's on

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THE OLD NUN’S HEAD, SE15 recommended by > Stinker the Frenchie The Old Nun’s Head dog policy is pretty simple: “Of course you can bring your dog here, we bloody love dogs”. Pooches can enjoy the company of Ludo, the handsome miniature Labradoodle who is lucky enough to also call this place home.

NEAR & FAR, SE15 However you view the arrival of bottomless brunches in Peckham, it’s hard not to smile at the concept of Club Puppicana. A brunch Club for families, friends and everbody's best friend, your pooch can dine on homemade treats, pawsecco or bum sniffer beer, while humans are offered delicious brunch and unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Pretty much as dog-friendly as you can get.

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WESTOW HOUSE, SE19 recommended by > Stanley the Whippet Resident pubcat Craig rules the roost here, but he’s very accommodating of his country cousins, allowing them to chill out in his spacious bar area and large garden after a trot in Crystal Palace Park.

THE IVY HOUSE, SE15 recommended by > Norrie the Whippet Just a bone’s throw from dog-walking hotspot Peckham Rye Park, The Ivy House is often abundant with hounds as diverse as their beer selection perfect for quenching your thirst after a long game of fetch.


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THE HARE & BILLET, SE3 recommended by > Dilys the Dachshund With water bowls arriving before you’ve even ordered a pint, it’s fair to say that they certainly like dogs at Hare & Billet. Located next to the heath, it’s a popular watering hole for pooches who love a board game and to curl up by the fire.

MYATT’S FIELDS MARKET, SE5 Four legged friends are more than welcome at this new independent market in the beautiful grade-II listed park in South London. Open on Sundays from 10am - 2pm, you can peruse fresh produce, hot food, coffee and ice cream. Best of all, they’re often joined by The London Animal Hospital who offer free advice about pets, as well as animal mask making for kids and free tote bags.

THE STATION, SE13 recommended by > Winston the Labradoodle When you spot a jar of treats nestled within the jars of peanuts, wasabi peas and pistachios you know your pooch is quite rightly viewed as an equal. The Station in Hither Green is the perfect stop for a snack and drink as you amble from Manor House Gardens.


Sunday 8th July @ Myatt’s Fields Market Free advice for your dogs! Plus free tote bags and mask making for kids.


THE GREYHOUND, SE26 recommended by > Nina the Lurcher Here’s a bit of history for you: during the 18th century and early 19th century, The Greyhound Inn - as well as the inns at Dulwich, Streatham and Croydon with the same name - was used as a meeting place for hunts for the Old Surrey Hounds (a group that hunted an area that covered Brockley, Sydenham, Dulwich, Peckham and Croydon). Now a meeting place for friends and their slightly less driven furry companions, it’s recently been refurbished thanks to years of local campaigning.

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THE CHANDOS, SE23 recommended by > Teddy the Sproodle The Chandos loves dogs so much, they put on ‘Chandogs’, a local dog show taking place in the pub, with prizes for best hair do, tail wag-offs, musical sits, and best sausage catcher. We’re pretty sure this place wins the prize for most dogfriendly place in South East London.

THE WOODHOUSE, SE26 Conveniently located slap bang in the middle of the Green Chain Walk (between Crystal Palace and Nunhead Cemetery), The Woodhouse is one of the most countryish pubs in London — the perfect pitstop to rest those paws on a long Sunday walk.

ROYAL TEAS, SE10 recommended by > Fleet the Whippet If you like to reward yourself with a hearty brunch after a morning walk, Royal Teas in Greenwich is the perfect spot for you and your doggo after a leafy walk through one of the largest single green spaces in south-east London, Greenwich Park.


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T R A N S F O R M I N G T H E S TA T E 17 J U N E Join Lewisham Young Labour and Lewisham Momentum for a day (and night!) of politics and music, with speakers from the RMT, Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign, Save Lewisham Hospital and the Radical Housing Network, Hilary Wainwright (author of A New Politics From The Left) and Chris Williamson MP. Partying and live music from Soccer 96 with Resis'dance on the ones and twos. A M E R S H A M A R M S , S E 14

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T H E M U LT I - S T O R Y O R C H E S T R A : SPOKEN WORD AND MUSIC 30 JUNE

Curated by Leke Oso-Alabi (poet) and Fra Rustumji (violin), these collaborative performances bring together a wealth of talent to explore musical reactions to poetry, and vice versa. The evening will feature London’s Young Poet Laureate Caleb Femi, Suli Breaks and Gabriel Jones alongside members of The Multi-Story Orchestra with a series of sets interweaving spoken word and live music. B O L D T E N D E N C I E S , S E15

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Scrufts is the annual dog show hosted by Friends of Brunswick Park. Usually attracting over 100 dogs, there are many prizes up for grabs, including musical sit, waggiest tail and best rescue, to name a few. They’re supported by Southwark Council and guest judges this year include David Cuff from London Animal Hospital and Rory Cowlam from Neigbourhood Vets. BRU NSWICK PA R K , SE5

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Ghost Notes have announced another run of dates for its evenings of improvised music featuring specially invited players from the South London Jazz community. The Spaces In Between gives the musicians who make up one of London’s most exciting home-grown scenes an opportunity to exchange ideas and create entirely within the moment, all in front of an informed and appreciative audience. G H O ST N OT E S , S E15 14


C O N C R E T E L AT E S : L A U R E L H A L O , C O U C O U CHLOE, CÕVCO & OBJECT BLUE 0 5 J U LY

Join four electrifying female artists for a night of beats in the new late-night music venue within Queen Elizabeth Hall. Laurel Halo brings her shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic tunes to the iconic venue alongside Coucou Chloe, Cõvco and Object Blue. SOUTHBAN K CENTRE, SE1

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Commemorating the significant contribution of African men and women in the First World War, The Head and the Load – conceived and directed by South African artist William Kentridge with composer Philip Miller and choreographer Gregory Maqoma – tells the neglected story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in the British, French and German forces during the conflict. TA T E M O D E R N ’ S T U R B I N E H A L L , S E 1

C H A N G E L I N G T H E AT R E P R E S E N T S : B L I T H E S PI R I T BY N O EL C OWA R D 1 7 J U LY

Changeling Theatre has been breathing new life into modern classics since 1997, working with new writers and composers to create innovative new theatre. Here they take on one of Noel Coward’s most enduring comedies in the setting of Peckham’s Bussey Building. B U S S E Y B U I L D I N G / C L F A R T CA F E . S E15

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One of London's great green spaces, Dulwich Park in SE21 makes the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. The Oscar-winning Three Billboards follows a mother personally challenging the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. D U LWI C H PA R K , S E21 15

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N I M I AT TA N AYA K E

— and Corbi, the Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel

Nimi Attanayake lives in Forest Hill with her

breed and size of our dog. Tim wanted a country

the Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel. Nimi and Tim

dog at home in the city. After lots of discussion,

husband Tim O’Callaghan, daughter, and Corbi also work together at their architecture practice

NimTim Architects in East Dulwich. We caught up with Nimi to find out how family life has evolved with five year old Corbi by her side. What led you to getting a dog?

I had been diagnosed with a rare form of

Ovarian Cancer and had started my chemotherapy treatment. Tim’s mum thought a dog would

be a distraction for us and a good healer for me,

so she gave us some money which could only be spent on a new dog. It was the best gift anyone has ever given us.

What attracted you to Corbi and his breed?

My husband and I had different ideas on the

dog with a big personality and I wanted a cuddly Tim finally suggested a Cocker Spaniel and I remembered my best friend’s Ruby Cocker

Spaniel who was always patient and loving to

us as young teenagers, but also happy on long walks in the country. We found Corbi as one of five puppies from a family that had bred their

beloved pet dogs. We went to visit them and as soon as we held eight week old Corbi we knew

that he was the perfect dog for us. Everything is

now black and white with me owning many spotty Marimekko dresses and even our plates and bowls are inspired by the dog!

How did you pick the name Corbi?

Four years before getting Corbi, we were in India with my sister on a hot and long train journey,

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and we were talking about what we would name

our future pets. We’re both architects so she said we should name it after a famous architect; Le

Corbusier is Tim’s favourite architect but would be a tough one to shout out in the park, so we

shortened it to Corbi. When we were thinking of names after he arrived she reminded us, and it was just perfect for him.

Have you found city life has changed since having Corbi?

Yes – we are so fortunate to live in Forest Hill

and work in East Dulwich, both close to Dulwich/ Sydenham Woods and lots of dog friendly parks like Dulwich, Wells and Crystal Palace. Most of the shops, pubs and restaurants in SE London are very accepting and even encouraging of

dogs, so it’s a great place to be a dog owner. Our weekends are often filled with escaping to the

country to do a walk that entertains both Corbi and our newly adopted daughter.  

What are your favourite things about Corbi’s personality?

He has a strong personality and is known as

‘good time Charlie’ in our family, as he’s always happiest when being taken on social visits,

park trips and at meal times – especially when

there’s a roast chicken carcass coming his way! He is very affectionate and adores being pet-

ted, stroked and having his ears scratched. He

often comes with us to our office on North Cross Road, and the joke in the office is that he’s like a cigarette break because he needs fuss and

attention every couple of hours. He can be very

sensitive, especially with my husband and I if we are ever upset. He is always watching us and is

a great companion whenever one of us is on our

in our lives. He’s handled the change remark-

walks alone just with Corbi. He quickly became

daughter’s best friend. She reads him stories and

own. In fact, I often look forward to nights in or

ably well and is now firmly established as our

an integral member of our close family and my

tells him about her day. He is the first person she

mum is now besotted, and often treats him like

wants to see in the morning and he always gets a

her first grandchild!

goodnight hug and kiss, even if we don't remind her. Tim read that it would be good for Corbi to

He has taken on a new role as your daughter’s

get used to her smell before she joined our

best friend. How did he adapt to your family

family, to help him accept her as one of our pack.

expanding and did you do anything to help him

My husband and I slept with a blanket which we

prepare for her arrival?

We were worried about how Corbi would adjust to life with our daughter, especially as he’s always

with one of us and is used to being number one

then wrapped our daughter in for a few nights

before she came to live with us and then it was passed down to Corbi. Since she walked in the door Corbi has been by her side.

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Have you found yourself in any funny situation

as a family?

Our first camping trip with Corbi! We don’t allow

paddling pool in the garden is a good entertainer

with Corbi?

Corbi upstairs to the bedrooms in our house, so we were unsure where to put him in our small

Park trips, long country walks, the woods and the for both our daughter and the dog on hot days.

dome tent on a camping trip with some friends.

What do you think are Corbi’s favourite places in

in a one-person tent on his own. Needless to say

The lake in Crystal Palace Park, the stream in

We decided it would make sense for Corbi to go he didn’t like this idea and made it known when

we saw the tent rolling down the hill! He came in with us and slept at the bottom of our sleeping bag and was the happiest dog in the world.

What are your favourite dog friendly things to do

South East London?

Beckenham Place Park, Dulwich Park especially with a ball, and our tan leather sofa.

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MARCEL LE CORGI — and his humans, Aurélie and Pierre With 76,000 Instagram fans, South East Londoner

the daily work of Maman – we get to have a lot of

his humans Aurélie and Pierre, and we caught

helping good causes that we believe in too.

work as a therapy dog – and life as a star!

for a couple of years (helping them organise

What’s it like being a famous doggo?

Maman and I were assessed last spring to join

humans insist on this. I go to the park, get to roll

member who loved dogs and was suffering from a

on strangers for treats – I just had to be careful

and shortly after we started visiting the dementia

sometimes recognize me in the streets and will

other week; we talk to the patients and they get

oblige. I get to go to some really fun events and

hear what a difference our company can make;

go; I even sometimes get to film adverts and give

brings back memories of their childhood

Marcel le Corgi is kind of a big deal. He lives with

amazing experiences. We love the idea of

up with him to find out more about his important

We’ve helped [animal care initiative] Mayhew events and bring attention to the charity) and

At home I am treated like a normal dog, the

their Therapaws programme, inspired by a family

in all sort of things and try my ‘sad puppy’ eyes

degenerative illness. I passed with flying colours

not to be puparazzoed when doing so! People

ward of a local South East London hospital every

ask for cuddles and ‘Marcelfies’, and I gladly

to stroke me if they like. It is amazing to see and

visit places where other dogs aren’t allowed to

it’s a change from the everyday routine, and it

TV and radio interviews, but really most of the

and their own pets.

really fun freebies, but what we love most is to

What is the thing you most enjoy

time I am just a normal dog. I get to try some use my ‘celebrity’ for causes we believe in.

about being a therapy dog?

You work as a rePAWter, where is the most exotic

to make a difference to the people I

The most exotic places I have been to in

ent the patients are when I’m around,

in Southwark a couple of years ago, complete with

too as they have long and difficult

I’ve also been invited to sit on the Iron Throne

their smiles, with our own eyes – it’s

(one of my favourite dog-friendly places to eat),

my social media and so I have plenty

What I enjoy the most is being able

place your career has taken you?

help. The nurses tell us how differ-

London were an art exhibition for dogs organised

and the doctors often ask for cuddles

a giant bowl of plastic balls (representing kibble).

days. We see this difference, and

when it was on display at Mercato Metropolitano

heartwarming. I get a lot of love on

and for a ride for my barkday on the London Eye

to give back!

sistance dogs). I also get to do a lot of traveling

Can you tell us a bit about your

they love me, so they adapted their travels to

Maman Aurélie is French. She never

countries and counting in my ‘corguide’ corgi

to quit her office job last year to

the USA, but it would have to be in the cabin or on

things she loves like photography,

be too stressful, or so the humans say.

industry – she’s also my personal

You’re also a therapy dog. Can you tell us more

looks after my social media! She’s a

a local hospital?

the UK Corgi Club, where we organise

(in a private cabin as it usually only allows as-

because my humans always loved to travel and

humans?

include me as much as they reasonably can (11

gives me enough treats! She decided

guide adventures). I hope to get to fly one day, to

spend more time with me, and do the

a ship as flying in the hold just for a holiday would

travel and consulting within the pet assistant, takes all my photos and

about Therapaws and the work you have done at

bit of a corgi addict and co-founded

Thanks to being known on social media – and

local meets in Ladywell Park, Brock-


well Park, Greenwich Park and Crystal Palace.

Brockwell Park to meet my friends from the Hind-

before getting a dog. Papa Pierre is also French,

as it’s great for fitness and bonding with humans!

It also encourages people to do their research

and he’s a chef in the City, but I hope to one day

quarters gang. I also love to go to agility training

employ him as my full time chef.

What tips do you have for other doggos in

Where are your favourite SE London places to

There are plenty of places to have fun in the city,

eat, drink, play and be merry?

For food, a good bowl of water or even to watch a film I love to go to Mercato Metropolitano in Southwark, Frank's and the Rooftop Cinema

in Peckham, and the Great Exhibition pub on

Crystal Palace Road serves a bottomless brunch

on Saturday where there are always several other dogs to pawty with. I go to the park every day to

exercise and to socialize. I especially like Greenwich Park which is gorgeous in all seasons, and

the city?

including many big green parks – enjoy these but always be mindful of not ruining it for the rest of

us by being too rowdy or disrespectful (including of those who may not like dogs that much). Stay off seats – and feet – you're not allowed on, and keep your humans safe on a lead when needed, especially near roads!

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HOUSEWORK(PRESS) —and their studio dog, Shoji

Joseph runs Housework(Press), a Risograph print-

When did you get Shoji and what made you want

help from his wife Lauren and their handsome

We got Shoji last year in October – he’s only

ers and publishing house in Lower Sydenham with studio dog Shoji. They live together in Nunhead. When did you set up Housework(Press)?

I set up Housework(Press) in 2016 pretty

much straight after I graduated from the Royal College of Art. It was initially a means of

production for personal work, but quite quickly

it turned into a means of employment – a way of giving myself a job within the very competitive design industry.

It started off in our living room – hence the

name, Housework. But fairly quickly I outgrew

the space and took up residence in Black Tower Projects, which is a fantastic not-for-profit

project space and artists’ studio provider based

to add a dog into the mix?

10 months old! We’re dog people through and

through so we’ve been wanting one for ages. But it wasn’t until we both had studios in the same building that getting a dog felt possible and something we could factor into our daily

routine. Making sure we got a breed that we

suited was always incredibly important to us.

After a lot of research we finally settled on the

Scottish Deerhound – not the obvious choice for your first dog, but despite their large size they

are very quiet dogs who are most happy curled up on the sofa. So he made a lot of sense for

studio life – and his relaxed and friendly tempera-

ment is always really calming when a stressful deadline crops up!

in Lower Sydenham. A few months later Lauren

Can you tell us a bit about the work you produce

artist practice from, but she often helps out at

Housework(Press) is a Risograph printing press.

took up a studio there too where she runs her Housework(Press) too.

and print at Housework(Press)?

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between a silkscreen print and a photocopy – it

for an hour in Beckenham park which has been

paper, however it is also incredibly efficient and

great space and we love the woodland there.

high volume printing, most commonly for

Has Shoji got you into any entertaining

hospitals, but because of its beautiful and rich

Shoji is a big naughty puppy, so there’s never a

by the creative community. I print a lot of books,

constantly!

Because it’s a relatively new medium, I feel very

Have you found having Shoji has introduced you

in time – artists, illustrators and designers are

Yes absolutely, we only know of one other

process with really exciting results. A huge array

very interested to meet Shoji. But introductions

I am always so thrilled to see it come into form,

where you all know each others’ dog’s name but

prints single colours through a mesh screen onto economical in its yield. Its original use was for

a wonderful addition to our routine, it’s such a

political parties, churches, schools and

situations?

print quality it’s becoming increasingly adopted

dull moment and he keeps us on our toes

zines, artist editions, posters, flyers and invites.

excited to be involved in the process at this point

to more people?

really starting to push and experiment with the

Deerhound in the area, so people are always

of work gets printed at the studio every week and

tend to be in that classic dog walker manner

and I learn a lot from these individual approaches

not the owner’s!

to the process too.  

What are your favourite dog friendly hangouts/

Have you found city life has changed since

places/shops in South East London?

Not too much has changed, though we have

warm and welcoming, and Ayres Bakery just

having Shoji?

The Beer Shop on Nunhead Green is always

definitely spent more time exploring the

down the road is resolutely dog friendly.

surrounding green space, which before we prob-

ably took for granted. We love Nunhead Cemetery and the Rye, which is where we mostly wander round at the weekends. On work days we walk

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THE DOGS OF PECKHAM RYE PA R K

— photographs by Alex Reyto


F E AT U R I N G Moose Holly the German Shepherd Jake the German Shepherd Yo s h i t h e C o c k a p o o Dali the Whippet Ella the Lurcher R o s i e t h e I r i s h   Te r r i e r M o r n i n g C a l m t h e S a l u k i  C o o p e r t h e B r i n d l e S h a r p e i , S t a f f i e C r o s s  Mamba the Great Dane King the American Bulldog

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CLARE PRICE — and her Whippet, Skiffle

We met artist Clare Price in Peckham Rye Park

a few years ago when her cheeky but gorgeous

blue whippet Skiffle vaulted the picnic area fence

born in the village that I come from – lead to the magic fairy that is Skiffle.

to chase a squirrel. We tried to help tempt Skiffle

Where did her name come from?

having none of it! Clare lives in Peckham with her

sounded like her. Her pedigree name is Little

back with our blue whippet Captain, but she was eighteen year old son Nye and Skiffle.

Skiffle bands from the sixties, and the word just Miss Magic which also sounds like her

What lead you to add beautiful Skiffle into

What appealed about getting a whippet?

I have always wanted a dog my whole life and I

quite lazy and sleep a lot of the time, their

the mix?

really wanted that for my son. I read that dogs are really good for teenage boys so that was definitely one of the motivations. There were some sad things that led to getting her; I’ve

found this is often the case with people getting dogs – they are so very healing. I also fell

completely in love with a Bedlington whippet

Their beauty, the fact that they actually are really magical gentle spirits alongside their wildness and cheekiness, the fact that they don’t smell

doggy or drool, they have really good outfits and they are super chic. And, as well as a northern heritage, they also have a very bohemian one (Lucien Freud etc).

cross I met in Suffolk, and then my dear friend

Can you tell us a bit about what your work and

combination of a litter of blue whippets being

I’m a painter, I make large scale abstract paint-

Kate got a whippet and that – along with the

process?


ings that are in many ways quite ‘performative’ –

a good walk she just comes in, has something

materials in the studio. In some of the paintings

very low maintenance assistant! She has a hot

tracing the interaction between the body and the the marks are ‘tethered’ by translucent geometric planes and then painted over again with

sensuous marks, creating different areas of

control and release. In the last year or so I’ve also been taking photographs of myself, and

to eat and sleeps for four or five hours. She’s a water bottle in the winter to sleep next to as it’s

really cold, and is known as ‘princess’ by one of the other artists on the corridor due to her quite glamorous collars and diva-like demeanour.

situating myself in the practice in relationship to

Has Skiffle got you into any entertaining

Instagram. These works have emerged for com-

Oh this could be a VERY long paragraph,

the paintings. I’ve been self publishing these on plex personal, political and conceptual reasons,

dealing in part with ideas around the female gaze and taking the power back within patriarchal

structures. This is now a really important element to my work.

What you are working on at the moment?

I’m having a bit of a busy month. I’m super

situations?

possibly a novel – where to start? Well I met you and your blue whippet while you were kindly offering Captain up as a lure to retrieve Skiffle from the dog-free child area on

Peckham Rye, when she refused to come out

for two hours (despite the presence of the park

warden, chicken and Captain), because there is nothing more alluring than chasing squirrels.

honoured that my great friend, the incredible

I think the number one interesting incident was

Hannah Perry has selected me to be her Artist of

road after a horse-drawn funeral carriage for sev-

artist (and fellow northerner and Peckhamite)

the Day for Flowers Gallery. So in June I have a one day solo show on Cork Street, during which I’ll be in conversation with Andrew Renton, who

is Professor of Curating at Goldsmiths, which I’m really excited about. I’m also in a show called She Performs, based around feminism and

performance, a show of Polaroids curated by

Julie Bentley, and an exciting show called the

running out of Peckham Rye Park and along the

eral minutes. Sandwiches have been stolen from babies’ buggies and park gardeners, biscuits

have been pinched from toddlers’ hands and a lot of fluffy dogs have been roughed up – she would

never hurt them but she likes to show them she’s boss. Skiffle is an elegant, delicate hooligan and she has a reputation. Let’s leave it there!

Hardest Hue to Hold, curated by Andrea Emelife

Have you found having Skiffle has introduced you

exhibition where I’ll further explore the pho-

I have met the most amazing people from every

at HKS Architects. I’m also working hard on an tographs and paintings, and how they might

manifest in a gallery context. For this show, I’m

working with photographer Benjamin Whitley and wonderful curator Cairo Clarke at ASC Gallery

in November. It’s particularly important to me as it will be in Peckham, and we’ll run workshops

alongside it with local kids in relation to photog-

to more people?

walk of life through her. I love that so much about having a dog – it cuts through everything and

brings out the best in people. She’s very well

loved by many and has introduced me to some

glamorous young people like herself – like I say – magic fairy!

raphy and social media. I’ve lived in Peckham

What are your favourite dog friendly hangouts/

feel very embedded in the community, so this is

Skiffle is a bit of a wild one so we have to retreat

for 20 years, have brought my son up here and

particularly meaningful to me, and I hope to give something back in some small way to this place that I love so much.

How does Skiffle fit into studio life?

She’s amazing, she has been there since she was a little pup and is possibly more relaxed there than anywhere because she knows I’m

absorbed and not going anywhere! If she’s had

places/shops in SE London?

to the woods often to keep my adrenalin

levels down. At the moment Oxleas Woods is my heaven, I also love Nunhead Cemetery so much.

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George, the bookshop dog – at their new place on North Cross Road.

What made you want to add a dog into the mix? It wasn’t a conscious decision but dogs and

bookshops do go together, like tea and biscuits.

Bert, my first dog, was with me for sixteen years – two years longer than I’ve been selling books. You could say books and dogs have become a permanent feature!

What attracted you to George and his breed?

Not sure really. I was looking for a new dog for

long time, then I saw him and something clicked with me. George is a Labrador crossed with a poodle, a doodle, or more likely a gorilla – a laborilla?

How has George fitted into shop life?

I think it suits George, he’s kind of a relaxed dog and I think he’s learned the many benefits of his

work, food (each pram is a new larder), plenty of attention and kids love him.

What is George’s favourite book?

His favourite authors are Pat Barker and Virginia Woolf.

Have you found city life has changed since having George?

Dogs do change your life – they get you fit and outdoors, rain or shine, and they’re the best alarm clock on the market.

Has George got himself (or you) into any entertaining situations?

There was a cider and pumpkin festival in Kent. George slipped off and made it to the tea and cake tent, all I heard were screams...

Have you found having George has introduced

you to more people in the community around the book shop?

Definitely, you get to meet a lot of people

when you have a dog. Forget us in the shop – people come in to see George!  

What are George’s favourite things to do in South East London?

Locally, Nunhead Cemetery is the fave and the Rye; he likes a bit of Brockwell, and Dulwich

woods is also high up on the list – amazing place. We are blessed to have so much green space nearby.

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OCCAM

— and Seymour the Whippet

Designer Nadja Ellen Occam Penfold is the

term stating that often the simplest option is the

Sighthounds. She lives with Seymour, her

resonated with me as a designer. Occam relates

founder of Occam, a chic lifestyle brand for dashing blue whippet muse.

When did you start Occam and how is it going? I launched Occam at the end of February this

year after many long months of thought, design

and planning. The response to Occam has been

better option. I love the word and it has always

to problem solving, something I feel I do a lot of since launching my own brand.

How do you find life in this part of the city with Seymour?

From day one I took Seymour absolutely every-

overwhelming. I am regularly shipping worldwide

where with me. Whippets are known for being

would happen. I've learnt that Sighthounds are

best start possible by introducing him to the city

– something I never thought in a million years super popular in Australia and as their winter

approaches I’m shipping quite a few items down under each week. I started Occam because I noticed a gap in the market - I couldn’t find

anything practical and in keeping with my own

aesthetic. Plus, I enjoy having complete creative control!

Can you tell us a little more about the process? I live in a tiny flat in Lewisham and I’ve turned my front room into my studio space where I

nervous creatures, so I wanted to give him the

immediately. He comes almost everywhere with

me and doesn’t mind travelling across London at all. I try to incorporate his walk with my daily errands.

Any tips for city life with a hound?

If we’re out running errands on a hot summer’s day I pack a small pre-frozen Kefir which

Seymour can enjoy when we arrive at our destination to cool down.

design and produce everything myself – each

What are your favourite South East London

dle name, after Occam’s Razor, a philosophical

We like going to Wildflower in Peckham, a vegan

item is made entirely by hand. Occam is my mid-

haunts?


restaurant that only uses seasonal ingredients

creature of habit. Food the same time each day,

market on Sundays, get some lunch and go and

the same time each day. This has meant that

and is dog-friendly. We frequent Herne Hill

sit in Brockwell Park; there’s a Sighthound meet there too which is good for Whippets.

What are Seymour’s favourite South East London places?

As picnic season approaches it’s hard to find

places to walk Seymour off lead – he’s incredibly

walk the same time each day, attention needed when I have a heavy schedule, I have to work

super hard in order to give him the time he needs. It’s added a structure to my working day that I

never had before, and I often find the hour and a half walk gives me the space to rethink my ideas and recharge my creativity.

fast and food orientated and will go for anyone’s

Is Seymour a good muse?

frequently at Beckenham Place Park – a hid-

the unofficial face of the brand. As Seymour was

baguette if given the opportunity! I walk him quite den gem on the very border of Lewisham with a

beautiful bluebell wood. You can often walk there without seeing anyone at all.

What made you decide to bring a whippet into

the family? Did you know much about the breed beforehand?

I have worked freelance for a number of years

now and spent a lot of time staring at a computer screen without taking a break. With the freedom

Seymour is the inspiration behind Occam and

a tiny puppy during the winter he was shivering from day one. I already knew this was a

characteristic particular to whippets, so I started making him simple coats while he was still

growing. The attention these designs received

was remarkable; it assured me that launching a

brand with such niche products could work – and it has! It’s great having a fit model in-house, he’s extremely patient when trying on new designs.

to work from home I decided I could take on the responsibility of a dog and that it might give me a little more routine, so in November 2016 we brought Seymour home. Like all dogs, he’s a

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THE ARTFUL DOGGO While the near-obsessive level of care and pampering – and social media attention – we give to our pooches may seem like a 21st-century phenomenon, dogs have always been a focus of intense love and attention. Like our avid Instagrammers,

dog-lovers throughout the centuries have shown their affection for their animals by making images of them.  

Step into Dulwich Picture Gallery, and you will find many artists who did just that. Inspecting the paintings for canine subjects reveals a motley bunch of mutts;

some artists in the collection paint dogs for their symbolic value, some include dogs in portraits as beloved pets, and some merely make them as part of the background, to set the scene for everyday life.  

We’ve selected the five top dogs at Dulwich that prove we've always been barking mad about our canine companions. 

PHOTOS: By the permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

THE MUTT SHOT

Pieter Boel’s Head of a Hound Pieter Boel’s Head of a Hound is the only work at the Picture

Gallery whose sole focus is a

dog. This is doggy devotion at

its purest. The fine head of the canine model takes up the en-

tire canvas, and although only a study (i.e. not intended as a

final work to hang on a wall) it reflects the detailed observa-

tion and utmost care which went into Boel’s representations of

these animals. Boel was a Flemish painter particularly known for

his hunting scenes, so he would have spent a lot of time painting packs of hounds. It was important that he made them as realistic

as possible. Head of a Hound shows the time and energy Boel put into faithfully capturing his subjects, as they were an essential

part not only of the outdoor pursuits which he painted, but also of his society more generally.

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND

Godfrey Kneller's The Howard Children  

We've seen dogs as hunters, as social markers, as beggars – but what about the dog that is closest to home, the beloved pet?

Godfrey Kneller's painting, The Howard Children provides just

that. This is an intimate double portrait of two young children,

but the real focus of the painting is the relationship between the children and the small spaniel that one of them cradles in her

arms. Dogs can have many

symbolic meanings in portraits (such as loyalty, watchfulness

and guidance) but here Kneller

presents a dog as it really was – the beloved pet and companion of these small children. The girl with her arms wrapped round

the spaniel looks thoughtfully

at the viewer, but her younger

brother has been distracted by the dog, reaching out with a

tender hand to stroke its head. He can't help himself, despite probably being told to stand

still and pose for the painting. This small moment of sponta-

neous affection between child and dog is one of the most

touching of all Dulwich's paint-

ings, and proves that dogs have always been man's best friend.


IT'S A DOG’S LIFE

Adam Pynacker’s Landscape with Sportsmen and Game  Boel’s painting shows the

level of care 17th-century art-

ists took to make their dogs look realistic even if in their paint-

ings dogs were just a small part of a broader picture, such as a

hunting scene. In Adam Pynacker’s Landscape with Sportsmen and Game, the artist has done just that, painting a vast land-

scape with dogs as part of the

hunting party. Looking closer, at least eight dogs can be spotted in

the painting, outnumbering both the sportsmen and the game.  You might expect the dogs in a hunting scene to be athletic and blood-

thirsty, chasing after deer with a wild glint in their eyes. These dogs, however, appear quite the opposite. The four in the foreground sit

or stand idly, more interested in the blooming foliage around them

than their recent kill. Behind them, a brown and white mutt is clearly asleep, with another enjoying some attention from a member of the hunting party. Statuesque, gentle and beautiful to look at – this is

how Pynacker wanted to paint the dogs in his works, ignoring the more vicious bark and bite of the hunt. 

The Picture Gallery’s dogs reflect the various ways that people

throughout time have lived alongside animals. There may not be

many paintings solely dedicated to dogs, but a keen eye can make out waggly tails and paw prints in a surprisingly large number of

works in the collection. Next time you stroll round a gallery, be it

Dulwich or elsewhere, look out for our canine friends. You'll be sure to find some top dogs.

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NOBLE HOUNDS

David Teniers II’s A Castle and its Proprietors

The air of grace and stately

elegance that Pynacker gave to his painted pooches can also be seen in David Tenier II's A Castle and its Proprietors. In

this painting, a wealthy couple

stand before a gentle landscape dominated by a castle. Everything about this painting

promotes the status of the

couple depicted. The old man's gesture, however, also directs

our gaze towards a slim, poised dog. This handsome hound gives another clue to

the elite status of the couple, representing the nobility of pure breeding and social refinement. The message implied by this beast is made even clearer when the

painting is compared with its pair (despite being painted much later), Peasants

Conversing. In a similar composition, the building pointed out is not a castle but a

cottage, the dog not an aristocratic purebred but a scruffy mongrel. For Teniers and his world, dogs were clearly linked to social status. The idea that dogs resemble their owners seems to have a far longer history than we might assume today. 

THE DOG'S DINNER

Bartolomé Estaban Murillo's Invitation to a Game of Argolla 

It's no secret that dogs will do almost anything for food, and the dogs in the Picture Gallery’s collection are a case in point. In Murillo's

Invitation to a Game of Argolla, a young boy is

seen persuading another to abandon his chores and join him in playing argolla, a game similar

to croquet. Between them is a small russet dog, sitting quietly with all his unflinching attention

centred on a piece of bread held by one of the boys. The mischievous grins on the boys' face contrasts with the longing in the mutt's eyes.

He’s fixated on the food, completely unaware of the world around him, and of the fact that his

wolf-like hunger has been captured by Murillo – a quiet reflection on the canine view of the world.   DULWICHPICTUREGALLERY.ORG.UK WORDS: HELEN RECORD


BEE GRIFFITH We asked painter Bee Griffith to capture the SELJ whippet Captain in all his sleepy glory.

Where is your studio?

My studio is in South Bermondsey, just next to Millwall football ground, a 10 minute bike ride from my home in Peckham

Can you tell me bit more about your process?

Wherever possible I travel to meet the animal I'm painting - I can get a better sense of their character when they're relaxed and are in their own environment. I take lots of

pictures and go through them with the client, discussing composition and colour, and then use the images to work from back at my studio. I work exclusively in oil on linen - I make all my canvases myself - and normally spend about a day sketching out the composition before diving in wherever feels right. I'm self-taught when it comes to painting, and my process varies quite a bit with each work. 

Why do you choose animals as your subject?

I started painting animals full time almost by accident really. It started off with a

couple of portraits for family and friends

and then snowballed! It seems there aren't many options when it comes to animal

portraiture. I wanted to offer an alterna-

tive to the ubiquitous pastel dog portrait

- paintings that are interesting in their own right, that look as good in minimal city

apartments as they do in country cottages and stately homes, and also happen to

capture and commemorate beloved pets.  Have you painted a particular breed the most?

I paint hundreds of spaniels, I don't know why but I'd say there are twice as many spaniels as any other breed. I don't get

much opportunity to paint for myself these days, but I normally have one big painting

on the go as a break from the commission

work, and at the moment I'm working on a huge painting of two spaniels - I must be mad!

Where are your favourite places in South East London?

Maybe it's a bit of an obvious one, but I love Silk Road in Camberwell and Oi Spaghetti in Copeland Park - it has best Tiramisu in London! BEEGRIFFITH.COM


ELLA BULL Born out of a desire to marry traditional design with contemporary practice, Ella Bull

creates classic based collections and bespoke pieces evoking a reverence of British

Heritage and eclecticism. We asked her to create a unique piece for this issue. Can you tell us a bit more about your practise?

I design and create bespoke pieces of jewellery. My work is minimalistic, nodding

towards traditional design with a modern aesthetic. All my pieces are made by hand in my workshop using traditional goldsmithing techniques which have been used for centuries, with a little help from current technology!

Where is your studio based/what’s the set up?

My workshop is in Peckham Levels, the multi-storey car park recently converted into

artists studios and offices. There’s a real support network here, when you’re surrounded

by driven and creative individuals, great opportunities are made and it’s easy to push

yourself forward. It helps that there is also great coffee and beer available on site! Did you have any formal training?

I completed a year’s apprenticeship at The British Academy of Jewellery, proceeding to gain valuable experience working within various jewellers. The technical skill set and

business savviness I learnt is priceless. I have also gained qualifications from the Gem-

ological Institute of America as a jewellery professional - this provided much knowledge

in gemology and metallurgy; all that with the addition of my passion for craftsmanship and design, set me on the path to start my own jewellery business.

Is this your first canine related commission?

Yes, it is! It’s a special piece - the illustration of the bulldog was done by Max Barry, a

Peckham based illustrator and graphic designer. I love collaborating with other brands

and artists, it’s fun to work with others that bring different ideas to the table. Where are your favourite places in South East London?

Nunhead Cemetery, Crossroads Cafe in Peckham and my garden! EL L ABU L L .C OM


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INSIDE AN SE22 HOME


With a background in editorial interiors at Elle

Decoration, Vanessa Leigh-Anders is now a se-

rial renovator, while also consulting on interiors projects and sourcing furniture for clients. She

lives with husband and photographer Ben Anders, who predominantly shoots interiors, and their two sons Jake and Alfie. While they don't have a dog, they do have a beautiful house rabbit called Bob. With both Ben and Vanessa working in interiors it’s no surprise they have managed to create

a calm, contemporary home that manages to

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How long have you lived in your home?

We have lived here for five years, which is the

longest we’ve ever lived anywhere. We have itchy feet though so watch this space!

What condition was the house in when you moved here?

A lovely lady had lived here for a long time with her family and the house needed a complete

refurb. Her husband was a carpenter and had

installed the panelling in the entrance hall which we loved – it inspired us to continue the panel-

ling on the stairs and around the bay in the living

room. We kept in touch with her and she wanted

to come and see the house when we had finished it. I was so nervous but she loved what we’d

done with the house, as we tried to keep as many of the original features as possible.

Do you design each space in its entirety or do you allow the rooms to evolve over time?

I struggle with this, as when you’re renovating

a whole property in its entirety there’s so much to think about, and not always as much time, energy or budget to focus on each individual

room as I would like. However, that does mean that the house works well together as a whole and by using a minimal colour palette it has a

flow throughout. I’ve then gone back and added more personality, such as the cool bed for Alfie

and my pink office. When working on our home –

or on other renovation projects – I like to plan the spaces and how they work together as much (or

possibly more than) the soft furnishings, although that’s quite fun too.


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Your home feels minimal and ordered, how do

you balance design and the practicality of having functional family spaces?

Because we also use the house as a location shoot space, it needs to work as a backdrop

and have the flexibility to move things around. We love simplicity and have always lived fairly

minimally. We have recently added lots of beauti-

ful plants and succulents from my favourite place Forest, but I’ve never been one for tat. That

being said, we’re quite relaxed and it certainly doesn’t always look shoot ready! We do have a junk room where it all gets scooped up and delivered to.

Does the way you use the house change with the seasons?

Our house is north-facing which we love, as the light and feel of the living room is always very

calm and cool which lends itself to cosy fires in the winter, and a nice cool retreat in the

summer months. In contrast, the south-facing garden space gets lots of lovely sunshine and we

love to chill out on the outdoor sofas. We’re not sun lovers so we added the pergola to the

kitchen to create more shade.

I’m just waiting patiently for the jasmine to cover it, which may take a while!

You might not have a dog but

you do have a very handsome

rabbit. How does he fit into you

home and what are his favourite spots?

Bob is a firm member of our

family and he rules the living room, often stretching out in front of the fireplace in the

winter much like a dog would.

He also has that mad half hour like a dog has when he races

round in circles and does bunny hops, or he just loves snuggling on the sofa to watch a film. Of

course he’s the perfect shade of grey to fit right in too!


Your home feels like a fantastic

balance between a period house and a contemporary open-plan space – can you tell us a bit

about how you achieved this? Over the years we’ve

accumulated vintage furniture

but we also like clean lines and spaces, so I think it just

naturally evolved like that.

Because both Ben and I are

always surrounded by different

interior styles through our work and we love to travel, we take

ideas from this and apply them

to our home. Over the years our style has definitely grown up with us.

Do you feel part of a community?

East Dulwich is such a community, and having lived in other

countries and places in the UK

we definitely feel at home here. We recently did a recce trip to New York but came back

realising how lovely it really

is here. There is certainly no shortage of creative people

here and we love being a part

of that. My friend organises the

Artists’ Open Houses which we participated in; I

showcased furniture and Ben his photography in our house. It’s a fantastic way to feel connected to the community.

What are your favourite SE London places?

There are so many amazing places in SE London it’s hard to choose – which is a great problem to have. Ben and I had our joint 40th at Forza

Win in Peckham, great long tables filled with fab food and all our friends, which then turned into

a great party! I’m always in the Brick House with my girls. We love to sit outside at Llewellyn's in Herne Hill and Theo’s pizza is a family fave. And of course an Aperol spritz at Frank’s in the summer!

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T O P D O G AT B L A C K H E AT H HIGH SCHOOL GDST We caught up with Sarah Skevington, Headteacher of Blackheath High Junior School and Florence, the school’s ‘Deputy Dog’. FLORENCE What have you learnt at school this year? I’ve had the oppawtunity to learn so much this year along with the pup-ils – from putting on an art exhibition, to leading the 10k sponsored walk for charity, to perfecting my downward dog in our yoga and meditation class. Our girls do so much here and are totally (p)awesome. The Chamber Choir are currently helping me to develop my musical appreciation skills - from Bach (bark) to Puptown Girls. I am becoming something of a brass aficionado; the French horn is my favourite. Where are your favourite places in SE London to go for a walk? There are so many places to choose from in dog-walking distance from the school, I am spoilt for choice. I love nearby Greenwich Park (lots of squirrels) and walking across the Heath – I feel so lucky our school is surrounded by such wonderful green space. There are other beautiful locations close by too like Oxleas Wood and Footscray Meadows where I go for a doggy paddle. I love that we regularly bump into Blackheath High School families at weekends – you could say I am somewhat of a notorious D.O.G meets Mary Puppins. What is your favourite film or boxset? The Great Catsby. Although I do enjoy a hit of Downtown Tabby. What book are you reading at the moment? Right now I am going mutts for Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. #Fearless #Woof

SARAH Can you tell us a bit about Florence, your Deputy Dog? Florence is an eight year old chocolate labradoodle and a much loved key player at Blackheath High School. As the most hypoallergenic member of the school leadership team, we have been sharing an office for the last six and a half years, and it’s fair to say that she makes her own unique contribution to the school. Research has shown that there are multiple benefits of having a dog in school, not least building confidence in shy pupils and helping their general wellbeing. Florence is a key part of our pastoral team, somebody that the girls can ‘talk’ to if they are worried, and I’ve seen first-hand the, reassuring and uplifting impact that she’s had on the girls. It’ wonderful to see those girls who experience pure joy with her. She’s an incredibly serene dog and brings calm to those who meet her. What does an average day for you both look like? No one day is the same at Blackheath High School. I never know who will appear in the office – an excited five year old with a beautiful piece of writing, a group of code-breaking eight year olds, a 10 year old pupil with ambitious plans for a charity event… Throughout the day, pupils often pop in to see Florence, bringing homework to show her, books to read to her or even home-made gifts. As a keen ball games fan she loves watching our girls play sport. We often walk across the Heath to our Senior School for games, or to fixtures at our nearby sports field. She recently barked the girls on at our school’s mini marathon on Blackheath!

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The Dog Issue Summer 2018

South East London Journal - Issue No.13  

The Dog Issue Summer 2018

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