An exhibition exploring the impact by corporate multinationals upon pre-existing local grassroots creative and cultural activity.
About the project
Soaring land values force out originality and sub-cultural scenes, leaving a homogenised wasteland of international brands and luxury, unlived-in apartments. Our historical, social and cultural 'sense of place' is being obliterated in certain city areas, to the dismay of local people and the existing community.
I live in St Giles in central London. Close by, independent businesses, live music venues, cinemas and public houses have either been earmarked for redevelopment or have undergone this in recent years.
This exhibition is her remembrance of a few of the many creative and culturally important streets and places lost in the last 30 years - The Roxy, King's Road, Kensington Market, the Intrepid Fox and Denmark Street. I begin by considering Canvey Island to establish the link between sense of place, our social history and its bearing upon creativity, a link seen most clearly when looking at the creative influence of Canvey Island upon Dr. Feelgood.
As well as my own original artwork, there are photos, audio interviews and continuous screenings of Posers: The New Romantics. Four exhibition talks will be held, with Q&A's - Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington (The Roxy), Fiona Cartledge (Sign of the Times, Kensington Market), Lloyd Johnson (Johnsons the Modern Outfitters, and me, talking about the genesis and preparation of the show. The poster above has dates and times.
The exhibition was first at Leeds College of Art and premiered there in March. Shaftesbury plc and Seven Dials Covent Garden have provided a venue for this exhibition at 55 Neal Street (just up the street from the Roxy site), Covent Garden from 13th - 31st August. Monies raised by crowdfunding will pay for the installation and costs towards the show.
I am an artist, curator and historian who studied at the Royal College of Art. My exhibition with Museum of London Archaeology, London's Underworld Unearthed: The Secret Life of the Rookery in 2011 received much press coverage and critical acclaim.