Compulsion – 8 August 2013


The exhibition runs from 8-18 August, 4pm – sunset, St Clements Hospital, 2a Bow Road, Mile End E3 4LL.

PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 2nd August 7-9pm St Clements Hospital, 2a Bow Road, Mile End E3 4LL

Local artists, inspired by the poignancy and beauty of a derelict psychiatric hospital and former workhouse , transform St Clement’s Hospital, Bow – soon to be the first urban community land trust in the UK –  into a vibrant celebration of compulsive behavior exploring  childhood, mutability and society’s perception of normality.

The building resonates with its history. A group of 8 artists including  Susan Aldworth, Tessa Garland and Amikam Toren, have been given access to this crumbling building prior to redevelopment in an exhibition, COMPULSION, curated by artist Miranda Housden. In COMPULSION they present a series of site-specific installations which respond to the palpable tensions in the abandoned rooms.

The transformation of this historic building forms part of this summer’s Shuffle Festival, which includes theatre, poetry readings, and films curated by director and local resident, Danny Boyle.

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