From artist-curator Sal Pittman, ’Love Letters to the Buildings’ celebrates the history of London College of Fashion (LCF), UAL with a range of engaging and innovative audio-visual and found-object installations inspired by psychogeographic and archival-led research, in a grand bidding-farewell to some of LCF’s buildings ahead of our move to East Bank, part of Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in September 2023.
Join us at Curtain Road on Saturday 17th June at 1pm for a free exhibition tour led by artist-curator Sal Pittman, exhibition co-producer and co-curator Dr Leila Nassereldein and London College of Fashion MA student and curation researcher of ‘Love Letters to the Buildings’, Alice Butler McDermott.
Curtain Road is named after the Curtain Theatre which opened in 1577, venue to some of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and arguably the birthplace of modern theatre. In the late 19th Century East End furniture was popularly associated with the cheap and nasty, often dismissed as ‘Curtain Road stuff’. The Curtain Road building used to be an almshouse, charity owned accommodation for East Londoners, and eventually was rebuilt as a school building. The testimony featured here focusses on how much East London has changed and been gentrified over the past few decades and giant archival images of former students look out onto the street.