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is a collective in Peckham, London. !Wowow!_sentence_1

Otherwise known as The Children of !Wowow!, they are a group of artists, fashion designers, writers and musicians, who have promoted numerous art events and parties in London and Berlin. !Wowow!_sentence_2

History !Wowow!_section_0

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began in the back of the Joiners Arms in Camberwell in 2003 as a performance night in a pub by Hanna Hanra and Matthew Stone. !Wowow!_sentence_4

In 2004, the collective squatted a large Victorian co-op in Peckham South East London and made it into an artist-run space. !Wowow!_sentence_5

They include fashion designer Gareth Pugh, performance artist Millie Brown, video installation artist Adham Faramawy, James Balmforth and artist Matthew Stone. !Wowow!_sentence_6

Other artists to have shown in the space include Boo Saville, Gareth Cadwallader, Florence & The Machine's Isabella Summers and Ellie Tobin. !Wowow!_sentence_7

In 2003, !Wowow! !Wowow!_sentence_8

organised warehouse parties in Peckham. !Wowow!_sentence_9

At times club nights with 2000 people took place. !Wowow!_sentence_10

One of these was attended by Lauren Bush, the former U.S. President's niece, and her two CIA bodyguards. !Wowow!_sentence_11

The second show by the collective in December 2004 was of paintings, film, photography and performance by recent Slade graduates for a month in the Georgian building at 251 Rye Lane, Peckham, formerly occupied by the Co-op shop, which the artists gutted and refurbished. !Wowow!_sentence_12

The artists, who curated the exhibition together, included Chloe Dewe Mathews with photographs of lidos, Matthew Stone with digital recreations of old paintings, Rachael Haines with surrealist inspired collages and Boo Saville with monkey paintings and biro drawings. !Wowow!_sentence_13

The opening featured shamanistic chanting, a shopping Trolley Mardi Gras, live bands and a recreation of Michael Jackson's video Thriller by performance artist Lali Chetwynd's troupe. !Wowow!_sentence_14

In November 2005, the Children of !Wowow! !Wowow!_sentence_15

organised a week-long event in a large warehouse in Peckham, curated by member Gareth Cadwallader, and in a number of smaller venues in the area, featuring members of the collective and also Mark McGowan. !Wowow!_sentence_16

Events included Stolen Cinema with cult films from a local rental shop, Richard Elms' play Factory Dog, and a Greasy Spoon Art Salon Breakfast presided over by Lali Chetwynd and Zoe Brown. !Wowow!_sentence_17

he week culminated with a party for 1,500 people, with 10,000 bottles of beer, 500 bottles of whiskey, and 13 live bands on stage. !Wowow!_sentence_18

The bands included The So Silage Crew, Ludes, The Long Blondes, and Ivich Lives. !Wowow!_sentence_19

The Amazing squat created its own "distinctly odd harlequin-esque fashion style", through Gareth Pughs' participation. !Wowow!_sentence_20

Hanna Hanra and Katie Shillingford edited Fashion/ Art/ Leisure, a fanzine affiliated with the group. !Wowow!_sentence_21

Matthew Stone said: !Wowow!_sentence_22

Since the Imperials left their original building in 2006, they have organised events in Dresden and also squatted a Kwik Fit Garage in Camberwell for an exhibition. !Wowow!_sentence_23

Millie Brown and Adham Faramawy have organised several art and music events. !Wowow!_sentence_24

These have included an event in March 2007 in Birmingham. !Wowow!_sentence_25

Along with the original group, several other artists and performers exhibited, including Theo Adams, Ben Schumacher, Lennie Lee, and Fayann Smith. !Wowow!_sentence_26

See also !Wowow!_section_1

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