This event is part of our Past Programme
From Thu 14 Jun 2022, the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic, a culmination of a four-year art project was permanently installed along the streets in North Kensington, London, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
From Fri 8 - Sun 10 Jul 2022 the exhibition Piece Together: Documenting Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic, will be displayed in the Eranda Studio at The Photographers' Gallery, showcasing the images taken by ACAVA’s young and emerging photographers' group, ACAVA Shoots. The photographs chart the creation of the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic public artworks, alongside photographs of the community since the tragedy.
Friday 8 July: 10.00 - 18.00, private view from 18.00 - 19.30
Saturday 9 July: 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10 July: 11.00 - 18.00
In Conversation: How can documentary photography in the community shift the power of the lens?
Sat 9 Jul, 12.30 - 13.30
The exhibition is accompanied by a panel discussion which looks to unpick how documentary photography in the community can shift the power of the lens. With the decline of investment in local news, significant socio-economic barriers in a career in photography, and the domination of a mainstream media lens of the Grenfell community, this event will look at how ACAVA Shoots has empowered three emerging photographers to tell a different story.
Joined by Jolie Hockings, Curator, Schools & Young People at The Photographers’ Gallery and members of the ACAVA Shoots team, Ismahan Egal, Art Therapy Coordinator at Al Manaar will chair the panel. It will discuss what it has meant to the photographers to be part of a radical approach to career development and a collective producing this important body of work.
About The Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic
Initiated in 2018 by ACAVA in partnership with Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic is an art project that has brought hundreds of local people together to make large-scale public mosaics. Co-created by different community, resident, faith and school groups along with individual participants under the guidance of artists Emily Fuller and Tomomi Yoshida, the project has enabled people to connect and to memorialise the Grenfell Tower fire.
ACAVA are a leading arts education charity that evolved from artist-led initiatives in the early 1970s. For 50 years they have been amongst the UK’s most progressive affordable studio and workspace providers. With a portfolio of 20 studio buildings, exhibition spaces and workshops across nine London boroughs, three locations in Essex and an industrial heritage site in Stoke-on-Trent they support a community of over 400 creative practitioners and cultural organisations. A pioneer of delivering arts in health and wellbeing settings, they bring professional artists together with local communities in programmes to explore their creativity with transformational outcomes. ACAVA stands for the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art. Created as a statement of radical intent by the artist founders to use culture for social good, it remains the ethos of the organisation today.