EXHIBITIONS

If you would like to hold an exhibition in your home or workplace please get in touch. Locations for exhibitions are not limited to Leytonstone!

Curators do not need any prior curating experience as this is a participatory arts project encouraging newcomers to experience aspects of art and photography curation in a pop-up exhibition format. The musuem archive could be exhibited across a number of venues or all in one place so venues are also welcome to get in touch.

EXHIBITIONS:

Exhibition 1: 29th April 2012

Location: Private Residence, Leytonstone

Curator: Stuart Cameron

‘It was fun and interesting.It made me think about other projects & how I could develop the project / idea. It was difficult mounting the exhibition & making choices about which photographs to include. It was gratifying to see the visitors’ positive reactions. I felt I had done something worthwhile.’ Stuart Cameron

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Exhibition 2: 21st May to 2nd June 2012

Location: Leytonstone Library

Curator: picture editor, Diana Korchien

‘When I went through the images to select the 50-odd that made up the Library exhibition, the six section titles that I used to finally organise the photographs arose through the process of sifting through the mass of images several times. Once I had chosen the sections (All Change, Road and Rail, Town Centre, People, Seasons, Details), I then selected images that would contrast well dynamically with each other. This sometimes meant that a couple of very fine images had to be discarded from the set because they didn’t work alongside the others. And when it came to placing the sets of images in the display case, I was forced to discard more yet again due to lack of space, so curating was undertaken ‘on the hoof’ despite a large measure of pre-planning. I found myself wondering what I would say when confronted by an irate photographer asking why I hadn’t selected his wonderful image of snow on the steps of St. John’s church. Equally, those whose images were selected for the show might come to an equally mistaken sense of self-worth! Overall, it was great to have the opportunity to take a positive role in cheering up the drab, largely ignored (but beautifully fashioned and made to order in the early 1930s) upper floor exhibition case at Leytonstone Library. While setting up the exhibition, some passersby expressed a lively interest in what was going on, which really lifted my spirits. It occurred to me while setting up, that perhaps one reason people tend to walk around with their eyes shut is because so little love and care is bestowed upon their immediate environment, making it ugly and unrewarding to look at. I then came to the realisation that my motivating factors in wanting to curate this exhibition were a combination of love for my area integrated with a sense of order; an order that I always feel the need to impose on all my experiences, visual and otherwise.’

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 Exhibition 3:  6th June 2012

Location: Institute of Education (featuring Chris Waite’s ‘Studio’)

Curator: Kate Hannant

‘It was fun to curate work with no ‘serious’ agenda. I just chose photos that pleased me. As I went along I realised I was choosing pictures that I might well have taken myself, photos that could be found in my own picture box. Once I had chosen, how to hang them became a bit more serious somehow. I suppose I have always been interested in how work is physically presented and how those small details can add or alter the meaning of the work. Plus these were other people’s images and I felt a bit responsible for them. I decided the place the pictures within an existing art work that Chris was showing on the wall. I used drawing pins to fix the photos around the bird boxes, imagining that the birds were decorating their wall. I used the pins for several reasons; firstly  practical considerations: it is possible to secure the pictures without making a hole in the work, which is sometimes important at school because some students get upset if their work has holes made in it. They are also very easy to push in and to remove afterwards. The brass of the pin echoed the brass plates on the bird houses, so I suppose that is an aesthetic decision. I like that the method of ‘support’ is visible, it is interesting that we usually hide how things are attached, joined or suspended. I also enjoy the ‘old school’ aesthetic of the drawing pin, I like black boards and bulldog clips too. But not backing paper…..’ Kate Hannant.

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 Exhibition 4:  8th June 2012

Location: Institute of Education foyer

Curator: Chua Aik Boon

‘Given the amount of time to select and exhibit the photographs that “speak” to me, I decided to make it more manageable by looking at the odd ones. Paradoxically, I ended up picking pictures I had difficulty describing, or rather, ambiguous in narrative. The final selection was made after looking through the collection three times. The location of the photographs stemmed from my desire for proximity to the outdoors, as I noticed the pictures I have chosen seem to express that sort of environment. Situating them on the table instead of on a wall brings the picture closer to the viewer, yet still allow them to contemplate the works, and in the comfort of the lounge sofa, conceptually fulfilling that same experience of viewing an artwork in a museum/gallery environment, albeit contextually, the encounter was different.’ Chua Aik Boon

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Exhibition 5:  8th June 2012

Location: Institute of Education

Curator: Laura Madsen

‘My decisions were based upon what I was thinking about within my own project, and I made choices that made the images relate to this. I was interested in photographs that showed some sort of social bond and traditions of social behaviours. For this reason I chose photos of people, and often of people doing domestic activities, such as visiting Santa. I also wanted to display the images where you could see into the hotel rooms opposite. The images became a frame for the social activity being played out in the background.’


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Exhibition 6:  16th June 2012

Location: Lodgers’ Kitchen, Bushwood

Curator: Jennie Hawley

‘It was interesting. I enjoyed looking through the photos and picking the ones that appealed to me (mostly scenes). I grouped them under headings of  lovely skies through bare trees, L’stone as festival area, country scenes, colour, snow scenes, then some extras. I had them up for a house party in the room where the food was. People said they were an interesting talking point; people who didn’t live in Leytonstone questioned those who did.’

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Exhibition 7:  17th – 19th July 2012

Location: The Red Lion, Leytonstone

Curators: Catherine Pamplin, Richard Pamplin, Karen Pamplin

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Exhibition 8:  25th July – 4th August 2012

Location: MA dissertation show, Institute of Education.

Curators: Karen Browne and various visitors who curated a number of selections on the curate it yourself walls.

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Previous exhibitions of Leytonstone Museum’s photographic archive took take place between April and July 2012.

Exhibition and handling session dates 2012:

Exhibition 1: 29th April 2012 in a private residence.  Curator: Stuart Cameron

Exhibition 2:  21st May to 2nd June 2012 at Leytonstone Library.  Curator: picture editor, Diana  Korchien

Handling session 1: 31st May 2012, 2-3pm Leytonstone Library

Exhibition 3:  6th June 2012 at the Institute of Education (featuring Chris Waite’s ‘Studio’).  Curator: Kate Hannant

Exhibition 4:  8th June 2012 in the Institute of Education foyer.  Curator: Aik Boon Chua

Exhibition 5:  8th June 2012 in the Institute of Education.  Curator: Laura Madsen

Exhibition 6:  16th June 2012 in the lodgers’ kitchen, Bushwood.  Curator: Jennie Hawley

Handling session 2: 23rd June, 2-3pm at Stone Space (during ‘1 day’s walk’ exhibition)

Exhibition 7:  17th  – 19th July (during Arts Trail) at the Red Lion, Leytonstone.  Curators: The Pamplin family

Handling session 3 and competition winner announcement: 17th July, 1-2pm at the Red Lion, Leytonstone.

Exhibition 8:  25th July – 4th August 2012 MA dissertation show, Institute of Education.  Curator: Karen Browne

Exhibition 9: Jan-Feb 2013 RESIDE, The Stone Space Gallery, Leytonstone. Curator: Karen Pamplin Browne

Exhibition 10: Leytonstone Arts Trail 2013, Stanmore Rd, Leytonstone. Curator: Karen Pamplin Browne

5 thoughts on “EXHIBITIONS

  1. Stuart says:

    Looks good. Great photographs.

  2. Jean Hart says:

    The display of photographs looks really good and I wish I could have been there to view them.

  3. Karen – the photographs look great – good job! love those doors too!! are they Morris?

  4. Great expo pics Karen (yours!)

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