12-8pm, until 6pm on Thursday & Sunday. Free exhibition.
Event for local residents: 4-6pm, Friday 7 June.
“We made something out of nothing, that could be anything.”
Year 2 student from Canon Barnett Primary School
Using forgotten materials such as fluff, discarded scraps of wood and pieces of broken toys, Tim Spooner and Year 2 students from Canon Barnett Primary School in Aldgate East have created an exhibition of miniature sculptures that present an alternative view of Tower Hamlets.
Artist Tim Spooner and the school children embarked on six visits to local places of interest, including Whitechapel Gallery, Brady Arts Centre and Gardners (Spitalfields oldest traditional family business), to collect otherwise overlooked materials with which to create Monuments of Tower Hamlets sculptures.
During artist-led workshops, the children transformed these recycled materials into a series of tiny, delicate sculptures that are made from and respond to their local environment.
At Toynbee Studios, visitors are invited to explore this abstract model village of Monuments of Tower Hamlets, an alien, yet strangely familiar landscape, and interpret them as buildings, natural formations or inhabitants. The exhibition evokes Tim’s fascination with the totemic power of objects and a sense of the specific and the local that they carry despite their abstract and mysterious nature.
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Monuments of Tower Hamlets is supported by Tower Hamlets Council.
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