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Monuments of Tower Hamlets

Tim Spooner

Photo by Rob Harris.

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.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. This exhibition takes place in a relaxed venue.
On Sunday, the cafe is closed so please use the Toynbee Studios entrance. This is an assisted access entrance, using a ramp. Please phone us in advance if you have any queries: +44(0) 20 7247 5102

You can let us know your access requirements ahead of time by emailing


Date and time

4–9 June 2019

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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