Islington’s artistic heritage brought to life in new exhibition
A new exhibition at the Islington Museum sheds light on Islington’s past and its lost buildings while celebrating the borough’s vibrant artistic heritage.
The exhibition, entitled Islington on Canvas: Art from the Archives, opened on 1st December and showcases artworks taken from the archive collections at the Islington Museum and the Local History Centre.
Not only do these artworks depict street scenes of Islington as captured by artists from the early 19th Century onwards, but they also introduce us to some lesser known artists who once lived or worked in the Islington area.
The exhibits draw from the work of many artists, including Vera Skinner, William Westall, George Belton Moore, and the renowned artists Walter Richard Sickert and Geoffrey Fletcher.
Islington Museum Manager and Curator, Mark Aston, explains why the exhibition is worth a visit and why these artworks are so vital in helping us understand Islington’s history: “In the days before photography, some of these artists’ snapshots have become incredibly important in telling us what Islington was like.”
Aston continued: “Some of the buildings shown in this exhibition are long gone, like the Whittington Almshouses in Westall’s work. This makes the paintings very valuable.”
Islington has attracted many artists over the years, and was considered an ‘artist-friendly zone’ throughout the 1800s and 1900s.
In addition to the exhibition, the museum has planned two guided walks around Islington. These tours (each taking place in January 2018) will give people a glimpse into the history of Islington and the stories behind the artworks on display.
Admission to the exhibition is free, and it runs until February 24th 2018.
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