The Brady Arts Centre to host exhibition of photography of London's East End in the 1970s and 1980s including work from London Met's East End Archive.
Date: 30 March 2022
The Vanished East End exhibition evolved from a special collaborative box-set publication between the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University and Café Royal Books, who share a similar ethos regarding the cultural importance of the preservation and dissemination of British Documentary Photography. Released in March 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown, the set comprises four books made for what was then The East End Archive at The Cass.
About The East End Archive:
The East End Archive is an online and digital photographic resource that develops collaborative ventures with other community groups, public bodies and research projects that have a common interest. The Archive collects the work of photographers whose practice is concerned with the East End of London and its diaspora, where the East End is understood as an ever-changing frontier within the urban sprawl that is part imagined and part tangible. The Archive holds only "bodies of work" in order to understand more fully the working methodology of the photographers, and to give context to the work. In fact, this is an archive for the future, which brings together not only historic bodies of work but contemporary collections from photographers currently working in the field in order to record current rather than retrospective ideologies. The work collected ranges from traditional documentary to works of the imagination in order to reflect the East End- a place where dreams, dissent and transformation co-exist. The archive, which is a research partner of The Centre for Creative Arts, Culture and Engagement (CREATURE), is led by Susan Andrews, Emeritus Reader in Photography and represented at the University's Archives and Special Collections Commitee by Michael Upton.
About Café Royal Books:
Café Royal Books is a publisher of limited edition photographic titles focussing on British documentary photography. Founded by Craig Atkinson in 2005, Café Royal Books aims to create a focussed and complete archive of British documentary photography. Publishing roughly 70 titles each year with a small edition 'archive box' every 100th title. These archive boxes are aimed at major collections, libraries and museums — helping to increase the visibility of the work and making the books publicly accessible for as long as possible. Collectors are wide and varied but include, MoMA NY, Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The British Library, The Hyman Collection, Martin Parr Foundation, TATE, V&A / National Art Library. Publications are affordable, democratic, utilitarian and useful, without fuss or decoration, the images, history and the cultural archive are the focus.
About The Brady Arts and Community Centre:
The Brady Arts & Community Centre is home to a spacious, welcoming and vibrant art gallery. Located within the ground floor café, the gallery is free to the public and has an exciting and varied programme that changes on a regular basis. It hosts exhibitions from both local and international artists, showcasing a mixture of individual and group work consisting of paintings, photographs, printmaking, textiles and mixed media. The Gallery space is near Brick Lane and is suitable for 2-D artwork. It attracts a high footfall from visitors to the centre and provides an ideal platform for reaching new and local audiences.
The Vanished East End
7 - 28 April 2022
Brady Arts and Community Centre
192-196 Hanbury St
Preview evening 7 April 6pm-8pm, all welcome.
For directions, transport and up to date opening times see the exhibition page.
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