Arts collective Trapped in Zone One, the brainchild of Bablu Miah, brings together a variety of artists, showcasing their talent and enriching the cultural landscape along the way…
Trapped in Zone One founder Bablu Miah, along with creative director Natalia Suvorova and an ever increasing team of artists, has realised several ambitious projects, including a series of large-scale graphics installed across a blank exterior wall at Westfield Stratford City, featuring the work of Bournemouth based artist, ALSO.
The philosophy behind the name of this collective is to look beyond your inner comfort zone to fulfil your potential, and by building strong partnerships and supporting artists, whether emerging or established, the initiative creates and offers a myriad of opportunities for artists to stretch themselves and grow their art practice.
Many of their projects are community-focused, including work with Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and creating and selling a series of limited edition t-shirts with Planet Rock Graphics for Hackney Winter Nights Shelter, which raised £500 for the shelter. And, as the official ambassador for GreatArt, the collective regularly collaborates by hosting events engaging with communities through art workshops and exhibitions. The team have also worked with Tower Hamlets Council and Lower Regents Coalition in creating a new public mural at the newly built kingfisher nesting bank beside the Regent’s Canal and with Amnesty UK’s Against Hate awareness campaign, where they engaged the community by staging a series of live painting events.
Running such large scale and diverse projects is not for the feint-hearted. It begins with an idea, of course, and as is said, ‘the devil is in the detail’, including choosing and
supporting the artists, planning and logistics, controlling the budget and generating media attention. Bablu and his team seem to do this effortlessly, and always with a smile and a positive attitude.
Trapped in Zone One is currently hosting the exhibition, Just Type, at Hanbury Hall in Shoreditch, which is on through the 9th of June (it’s a cracking great show so go see it if you haven’t already). The typography-based exhibition features new letter-based works ranging from graffiti hand-style to type illustration from some of the world’s brightest talents, including Boogie, Mr Cenz, Aches, Millsnic, Tarwane and Mr Christa. They have also launched a new range of limited edition, type-themed t-shirts in collaboration with Hackney-based Everpress and five of the artists from the show.
Bablu is passionate about the arts and a fervent believer in the power of art to create opportunities for young people so it was no surprise to find him supporting the recent #Artskickers launch, collecting a plethora of comments from the audience in response to a lovely hand-lettered sign asking ‘How did we make you feel today?’ That community-minded spirit, along with a team who are just as passionate and committed as Bablu is inspiring; we can’t wait to see what Trapped in Zone One does next!
The Just Type exhibition runs through 9th June at Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR and Limited edition t-shirts are available online throughout the duration of the exhibition from everpress.com/trappedinzoneone
Images courtesy of Trapped in Zone One