Interview: Zoom Rockman
The Hospital Club © Zoom Rockman
Camden’s famous Hospital Club has launched its newest initiative: ARTFOR10, a new initiative from the h.Club Foundation, which helps to create opportunities for more young people to access, enjoy and excel in the creative industries. For only £10 you can now win your own creative masterpiece and help support young creative’s in the borough!
First up is artistic talent and Camden resident Zoom Rockman, who will be in residency at The Hospital Club until the end of November and has donated a unique, one-off print to the cause. Even though he is only sixteen, Zoom has been writing, drawing and publishing his award-winning comic The Zoom! since he was eight. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember and is the youngest artist ever to feature with a monthly strip in The Beano comic. LoveCamden had a chance to speak with this up and coming ‘wonder cartoonist’ about his hopes and dreams for the project.
“‘Skanky Pigeon’, the character I do for The Beano, is my favourite character. I have been drawing him since I was only eleven years old; I know him from every angle. When I first visited The Hospital Club, I really liked the building, so I thought I’d have a go at drawing it. I hope that this way, they will be able to raise enough money to support creative projects in the community.”
Zoom’s contribution to the Foundation shows the Hospital Club’s characteristic façade, reflecting the quirky and buzzing atmosphere of creativity the club is known for. The union between Zoom’s art and the club reflects a mutual interest in the arts, writing and film industries.
“I’m interested in writing and directing for film, TV and advertising so I’d like to think I’d be involved in that in some way.” says Zoom.
But most of all, he is sensitive to the inspiration art can bring to people in general.
“It gives you a calmer perspective on life. To have something creative that you can concentrate on and lose track of time with is a great way of dealing with stress and relaxing.”
Described as a rising star with “edgy wit and genuine cultural awareness well beyond his years,” The Evening Standard named Zoom as one of the most inﬂuential Londoners under 25. Even though his work has been displayed amongst big names such as David Hockney and Anthony Gormley at Christies, and he has been appointed Young Ambassador for Pioneering British Arts Education Charity, he still displays a very down-to-earth attitude. His best memory of Camden?
“Having popcorn chicken out of a foil tray in the market and thinking it was the most delicious food I’d ever tasted.”
For your chance to win a unique piece of artwork by Zoom, text ARTFOR10 to 70191 or visit www.easydonate.org/HCLB001 to donate £10 and enter the prize draw.The ARTFOR10 initiative is open until Friday 21st October 2016.
The h.Club Foundation was established in 2014 to administer charitable support to emerging artists and young people in Camden and selected charities, with a focus on using the creative arts as its inspiration. Raﬄe tickets to win the piece can be purchased by making a £10 donation to the Foundation. All proceeds will go directly towards the h.Club Foundation’s ﬂagship programmes. For more information see www.thehospitalclub.com.