Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association Gallery

Montage of photographs with description
The Charlotte Street Association Photographic Survey. The survey carried out in 2000 presents the different architectural styles in Fitzrovia. The survey used archive drawings and images, and photographs taken in 2000.

We will be opening our gallery on the evening of the last Thursday of the month to join the established programme of Fitzrovia Lates. Our gallery space will be created on the ground floor shop front of our Grade II listed building where we will host a series of photographic, textile and street art exhibitions during the autumn months of 2012. The first exhibition will be at 6pm to 9pm on Thursday 30 August 2012.

UPDATE: we have now cancelled all future exhibitions because we are getting ready to move premises.

All the exhibitions will be curated by members of the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association and Charlotte Street Association and will feature photographs and literature about architecture, conservation, heritage, history as well as graffiti and politics.

We will be hosting an exhibition examining the controversy over the East End galleries moving west. We will be addressing head on the claims made of Fitzrovia being an exclusive and excluding neighbourhood for artists. We will be displaying art produced in Fitzrovia and demonstrating the neighbourhood continues to have an artistic tradition but one that has been marginalised in recent decades. We will be looking at recent responses to the marginalisation of art in Fitzrovia and discussing its implications within the wider framework of cultural and economic change.

Stenciled graffiti
Yellow paint stencilled on pavement: No BID in Fitzrovia.

An exhibition If Graffiti Changed Anything will address the issue of Fitzrovia as a contested space where democracy has been marginalised and artists continue to work but under increasingly difficult circumstances. The introduction of a business improvement district in Fitzrovia provoked persons unknown to respond with laser printed stickers posted on street furniture and graffiti on the pavement, some buildings and council property.

There will be a series of photographs recording Fitzrovia’s variety of buildings undertaken by the Charlotte Street Association in 2000 as part of the Millennium celebrations. The exhibition will aim to highlight the importance of good design, conservation and heritage and the work done by voluntary groups to preserve the best of Fitzrovia. There will also be information about the work done to increase affordable housing and public open space in Fitzrovia, as well as information about the charitable work of the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association.

Embroidered image of Bengal elephant.
Bengal elephant. Textile by Bangladeshi women.

There will be a display of textile art produced by the Fitzrovia Bengali Women’s Group, a project supported by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association. The women have produced photographs, textiles and artefacts many of which have been featured in displays hosted at the British Museum, Westminster Libraries and the Camden Bangladesh Melas.

Our gallery is one of the few venues where art is still created within the premises. The venue has been a centre of community art since 1975 and continues to defend the importance of art embedded in lives of people living and working here.

There will be a selection of books, posters and samples from the Fitzrovia News archive on display to illustrate the community action in Fitzrovia since the 1970s.

Mural on wall.
Fitzrovia Play Association Mural by Brian Barnes MBE and local children (2000).

Our building also features the Fitzrovia Play Association Mural painted in 2000 by artist Brian Barnes MBE. The mural is on the Goodge Place side of our building and can be viewed every day.

Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association Gallery will be open from 6pm to 9pm on Thursdays 30 August, 27 September, 25 October and 29 November 2012.

Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association Gallery Monthly programme

  1. Contested space in Fitzrovia. Despite reports to the contrary there continues to be an artistic tradition where art is created as well as exhibited. Photography, literature and poetry. — 6pm – 9pm Thursday 30 August 2012.
  2. If Graffiti Changed Anything: an exhibition of street art and radical politics — 6pm – 9pm Thursday 27 September 2012.
  3. Charlotte Street Association Photographic Survey. The different architectural styles and the pressure of development. Photography and architectural drawings — 6pm – 9pm Thursday 25 October 2012.
  4. The Art of Bangladeshi Women in Fitzrovia (to be confirmed) Textiles and embroidery — 6pm – 9pm Thursday 29 November 2012.

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