Radical Screenprinting Exhibition


29th December 2020


Following a series of workshops with Somers Town Residents: Ester Leslie, Suresh Araj, Diana Foster, Siobhan Bradshaw, Paul Lowne and Paul Wolfe, our screenprints celebrating the history of Somers Town were displayed in the window of a disused building on Phoenix Road. This was a great opportunity for creating a shared social history between the young and old residents.

Examples of Gilbert Bayes’ finials in Somers Town

This exhibition is also part of a wider campaign to save art that existed in everyday day life in Somers Town. Decorative finials, by artist Gilbert Bayes, orginally stood all round the area, positioned in democratic places such as drying posts in courtyards. These were for the pure enjoyment of the ordinary working people. Over 80 of these finials have now dissapeared and the campaign seeks to bring them back.

Wooden christmas decorations based on Bayes’s finials, also seen in the screenprints on Phoenix Road

Alongside the exhibition on Phoenix Road, a christmas market on Chalton Street, organised by Somers Town History Space and supported by Engage Here, gave residents another chance to experience the art Somers Town has to offer. Bespoke wooden christmas decorations were accompanied by etchings and handmade roundels, all a reflection of the rich creativity the past and present of the area has to offer.

Cyanotype printed roundel inspired by Gilbert Bayes’ blue plaque

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