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In My Block – Welshpool House Photo Project

Fri 17 Jun 2022 - Sat 1 Oct 2022

In My Block – Welshpool House Photo Project
This exhibition is free and can be viewed during Chats Palace opening hours and on these extended hours during Sept 2022 –
Sat 10 Sept 12 noon – 3pm Open House London
Sun 11 Sept 12 noon – 3pm Open House London
Sat 17 Sept 11.30am – 2pm Library Bar will be open for hot drinks (alcohol sales from 12 noon)
Sat 24 Sept 11.30am – 2pm Library Bar will be open for hot drinks (alcohol sales from 12 noon)
Tues 27 Sept: 7.30pm – 10.30pm Library Bar will be open for drinks with live music from Near Jazz Experience

I have been a Hackney Council tenant for 18 years. I have always been fascinated by the diversity of people inhabiting my tower block and have enjoyed watching many families’ children grow up.

Within this community there is a feeling of solidarity between people. The block is situated on Broadway Market, a bustling area of the East End, and the community housed within these walls is an intriguing contrast to the gentrified streets outside.

Years ago, the block was a hard-to-let property. Now we have a landscaped garden and a concierge service. Many of the concierges have worked here for years and are an intrinsic part of our community. Within my block there is a great mix of people from many cultures: young and old: those who are struggling and those who are more affluent.

Before lockdown 2020 I was planning a portrait project photographing people in their flats. On visiting my neighbours, I had noted how their use of space, décor and individual style reflected both their personality and their heritage. When lockdown started, the community came together through a shared gardening project with more people using the communal garden each day in search of nature and community. I decided to capture people in this unique shared space.

This project was a lifeline for me in a turbulent time and I greatly enjoyed taking time to get to know my neighbours. This diverse slice of Hackney is the London I know, and love and I am happy to be a part of the history of the block. Lockdown has made me realise just how important community is.

I would like to thank all the participants for taking part and for a community grant towards developing costs.

Justine Roland-Cal

An early edition of this exhibition was staged on Chats Palace railings in December 2020, between lockdowns.

Exhibition prints, framing and hanging by Peter Young for Photochats.

Prints available at https://justinerolandcal.co.uk


Fri 17 Jun 2022
Sat 1 Oct 2022
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Chats Palace Arts Centre
42-44 Brooksby's Walk
London, E9 6DF United Kingdom
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