Sep 5, 2012

Vestry House Museum

Sculpture by Wendy MacMillan
As soon as you walk through the gates, you are greeted with a sculpture that you feel is part of something so much grander, it is ancient in presence and historical in attitude. Made from the fragments of headstones in production, it is the lost identity of individuals made into a solid, collective foundation. A history that would be discarded, is now a balanced and powerful artefact.

Scotland by Bicycle
Keeping on the line of history, this photographic collection is a real expressive gem of one man's life of freedom across a constant landscape. This collection of photographs by ninety-nine year old Percy Wilding is decades worth of images taken on his cycle tours through Scotland. Exhibitions so personal and part of an individual's life are rare to come by so it is really worth checking out.

Broken Britain
Art confront politics and society in Raewyn Harrison's 'Broken Britain.' Using the symbolic milk bottle from Thatcher's cuts in the 70's, this is a statement of a community's response to similar cuts in our generation. The moulds are actually of bottles from a dairy farm that used to exist in Walthamstow and each is labelled with a message of discontent and multi-branched opinions. Each milk bottle has something to say and it is hard not to inspect each one and get these statements thrown at you like question time. The project is always expanding, with new opinions being added, so there is space to leave your message once you visit and add to the milk bottle debate.

E17 Human Street Furniture
Capturing the recurring homeless residents of Walthamstow, Gerald O'Connell strings together a melancholic familiarity of those times when you walk right past them like they don't exist. The portraits are exquisite and expressive and  you will recognize them.

I Love WalthamstowThis photo-montage project by local artist Simon Warren is collated from thousands of images he took from all sorts of angles and perspectives cycling around Walthamstow to capture the intimate nature of the residents  and their home. The photographs are wonderful and they do a capture a charming side of Walthamstow but it is quite a subjective perspective. I found it hard to familiarize myself with the feel of Walthamstow that the piece oozed, although that said it did highlight that Walthamstow can be seen through so many lenses, as many lenses in fact as there are cultures.

Vestry House is no.137 in the guide

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