Oxford House, Postcards from Aldgate East
Oxford House (Oh!) is a community and art centre in the heart of London’s East End. It’s mission is to be the place in east London where people come together to work, learn, explore, create and celebrate community and heritage. As part of our centenary year we have been working with them to celebrate 100 years of the Ben Uri.
Taking inspiration from exhibition Out of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London in the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing (2 July – 13 December 2015) and through collaborative, innovative and artistic workshops, project participants engaged with themes of art, identity and migration, as well as the story of Ben Uri and how this relates to their own story. The final works produced reflect our involvement with art and local communities as well as a wonderful portrayal of contemporary London.
For this project, adult local residents documented street life, architecture, cultural landmarks, local residents and workers over the course of five weeks. During weekly sessions, participants visited many key places around Aldgate East, where the first Ben Uri members would have lived. Historical postcards and photographs, behind-the-scenes visits to local landmarks inspired the project participants to create Postcards from Aldgate East, a series of photographic postcards and a short film recording today’s London East End. These illustrate beautifully Ben Uri’s early days and its rich collection of artworks as well as today’s vibrant London East End life.
Farideh Amirinia, Barbara Beasley, Alan Drew, Mike Elston, Christine Hall, Mahmuda Khanam, Peter Lanes, Anca Lungu, Muhammad Turan Miah, Stavarha Wilson, Bill Wright.
Project leader: Graham Barker
Photography teacher: Natalie Clarke
Film production: Blueprint Film Foundation
The exhibition Postcards from Aldgate East will also be on display from 2nd – 31st July 2015 at Oxford House.