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CUT Festival: The Art of Barbering – CUT TO THE CHASE

jamie lewis hadley

Photo by Hick Duarte

1-8pm. Day tickets £8/£6 concessions.

A ground breaking, multidisciplinary art festival, taking place across East London barbershops, Toynbee Studios, Archive Gallery and online broadcasts. Through newly commissioned work, and a curated programme, CUT Festival brings together established and emerging artists, barbers and activists who creatively use the history, politics and craft of barbering to explore themes of gender, community and social healing in their respective practices.


Open Barbers & Emma Frankland 

For the Open Barbers/Emma Frankland experience, please come to the reception on the day and sign up for the experience. This event is not included in the Day Ticket and we run on a pay-what-you-can initiative in cash on the day.

This site-responsive performance focuses on current discourse on gender and sexuality in East London. Participants are invited to listen to a new audio work by Emma Frankland whilst receiving a hair cut from Open Barbers with the East London skyline as your landscape.

2pm (5 minutes)

Introduction to CUT TO THE CHASE (5 minutes)

2.10pm (45 minutes)

In conversation

Oreet Ashery and Roberta Mock

3pm (20-25 minutes)

Tapered Throne

Brandon Tauszik

4pm (45 minutes)

Barbershop Chronicles

Inua Ellams

A preview of Inua's new play. Presented in partnership with FUEL, The National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

5pm (45 minutes)

Haircuts for the Homeless

Mark Bustos and Joshua Coombes in conversation

5.45pm (30 minutes)

In coversation on gender

Open Barbers and Amy Pennington 

CUT Festival runs from 24 February to 5 March 2017.  Visit the website for the full programme.

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Curated by live artist jamie lewis hadley and produced by Xavier de Sousa for Blank Billboard CIC. Developed in partnership with Artsadmin and Live Art Development Agency. Supported by Toynbee Studios, Ravensbourne and Tower Hamlets Council and funded by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund.


Date and time

25 February 2017

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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