“London delivers on so many levels…”
Travel Tales: Fred Mann of New Art Projects
I caught up with Fred Mann, owner of London gallery New Art Projects, to talk about art and life in London.
How long have you lived in London?
I was born in London in the Elephant and Castle. Since then, I’ve lived in Brighton, New York, LA, and Leipzig — but I’ve always come back here.
What makes London a great place to live?
The culture, and the cultural diversity. London delivers on so many levels.
What are some of the down-sides of living in London?
Endless gentrification, and the expense for artists. We need artists to stay here, not run away
Where do you go out in London?
I DJ every month at Farr’s School of Dancing in Dalston playing, Northern Soul at The Soul Attic. I also love the Eagle in Vauxhall, for a dance.
Restaurant-wise, I love Mangal in Dalston, Andrew Edmunds in Soho, and Misato in Wardour Street for Japanese.
What hints or tips would you give to someone visiting London?
Don’t miss either the Wallace Collection, or the John Soane Museum.
What are some of the things that you’re currently getting excited about?
I’m very excited about the release of the Nasty Gal movie, the upcoming George Clinton concert, and The Tiger Lillies at Wilton’s Music Hall.
What are some of the things that your’e currently getting angry about?
I get angry about homelessness in London. There’s no such thing as a so-called ‘Rough Sleeper’ — homelessness is homelessness, and this country shouldn’t have any.
What are some of your priorities for 2018?
For my gallery to continue to support young and mid-career artists in London, and to do more exercise.