Events and Exhibitions around the East End

Laying out the Shrouds of the Somme

Top photos; Laying out the Shrouds of the Somme on Mon 5th November by the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Read previous article.

A Mindful Mess 2018

Next weekend, 9-11th Nov 2018, Sunday Assembly East EndPoplar Union and Antenna Collective are presenting a FREE three day festival exploring the mind, promoting mental health, and celebrating the fact we’re all wired a little differently!

A Mindful Mess, Poplar Union

The programme to A Mindful Mess 2018 is here. Click on each event to get your free tickets. Poplar Union is at 2 Cotall St, Poplar, London, E14 6TL – near Langdon Park DLR.

Exhibition – East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth

These fascinating photographs taken by Norah Smyth are on show at Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0QN. Four Corners say: “These photographs provide a remarkable document of Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of the Suffragettes, and an extraordinary moment in women’s social history during the First World War. They are generously loaned by the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, alongside other archival material.”

This is a thought provoking exhibition, and local scenes feature in most of the photographs.

The exhibition is open Tues to Sat 11am – 6pm until February 2019.

Masterpieces of Soviet photography

This show of images collected by the celebrated sports photographer Lev Borodulin, known for his artistic images of athletes, skaters and swimmers is on until 27th Nov 2018 at the Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NF. It’s about 10 mins walk from Bond Street tube. The gallery is open Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm and 11-5 on Saturdays. This exhibition is on two floors and shows original prints from a wide range of Soviet photographers.

I had a really interesting conversation with the lady in the gallery who had deep knowledge of both the photographers and the times that they lived through. I’ve always loved the creative way Rodchenko put his horizons on the slope and his fresh approach to photography. What I hadn’t known until our conversation, was that this was not approved of by the Soviet authorities, who would destroy “unacceptable photographs”. This was the reason why Lev Borodulin started to collect and preserve the photographs on show in this exhibition. Well worth the trip to see them.

Video of Eve Hostettler

Eve Hostettler was the dynamic force behind the Island History Trust from its formation in the 1980s. A new group, the Friends of the Island History Trust, succeeds the original Island History Trust. They’ve been busy posting videos onto YouTube, including this half-hour video from the early days which opens with Eve Hostettler.

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