The last few weeks have been exceptionally busy as I, along with fellow photographers, John Umney and Keith Greenough, prepare for an exhibition we have been working on called Oxford House, Nexus. I’ve included a short quote here from our joint artists’ statement and you can find out more on the Oxford House website, which also includes directions to the gallery.
1. A central or focal point.
2. A connection or series of connections linking two or more things.
Ever since Oxford House was founded in 1884 by Keble College, University of Oxford, it has been a nexus for the residents in and around Bethnal Green. Initially conceived to ”alleviate or remove the impact of poverty to the local community”, its history is rich and fascinating, and its connections with the surrounding area remain as significant as ever today.
We open on 10th November at 6.30pm with a short artists’ talk and a few glasses of something fizzy. The event is also a fundraiser for Oxford House. Recently the building has been placed on the Buildings at Risk Register by Historic England due to the damage being caused by rainwater coming through a very old roof. All proceeds from sale of prints and donations at the exhibition will go the regeneration fund.
The show runs until 29th November, 2017. Do get in touch if you are interested in coming along at any point. Schools may find a trip to Oxford House and the exhibition particularly useful in terms of historical context, as well as artistically – if any educators are interested in arranging a talk, we would be very happy to oblige.