The London Wall project

Few cities in the world can compete with London in terms of history, diversity and size, and the combination of all three makes this city unique. The London Wall Project is an ambitious photographic undertaking that aims to do justice to this uniqueness by presenting, as comprehensively as possible, a record of the entire City 'at play'.

Spanning five years, this evolutionary concept is an attempt to represent the spirit, energy and diversity of London by displaying a 'wall' of hundreds of photographs in a deliberately up-beat celebration of city life. The images will portray, as broadly as possible, London's variety and vitality: multi-cultural festivities, traditional ceremonies, religious festivals, one-off celebrations, bizarre rituals, the eccentric and the arcane – London boasts a wealth of such activities that no other city can match.

The project is a highly personal view of the city. Photographs are being selected based on their quality as images, not solely as a record of an event. Some are straight documentary, whilst others are more impressionistic. It cannot, and does not aim to be a 'complete' representation of London 'by postcode'.

The project was launched in July 2004 with Phase 1 – an exhibition of 300 small (10" x 8") prints at the teaspaceone Gallery in Shoreditch. The exhibition was then displayed in the GLA building at City Hall throughout August, and received an enthusiastic response. It then spent six months at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital at London Bridge.

Phase 2, a larger, more ambitious exhibition opened at the Spitz Gallery in Spitalfields Market in August 2005 with over 400 12" x 9" prints filling out the entire ground floor area. The exhibition again moved to City Hall before transferring to the Chelsea & Westminster hospital until the end of the year. It was Critic’s Choice in Time Out and in the Times’ Weekend Culture guide.

In 2009 the third and final phase of The London Wall Project will be exhibited in a high-profile venue, accompanied by multi-media presentations and a publication.

The London Wall Project offers a reinterpretation of a traditional photographic genre in its unconventional, accessible and contemporary form of presentation. As far as we are aware nobody has attempted to capture the enormous diversity and vivacity of this city on such a scale before. It has already caught the imagination of BBC London’s Robert Elms, and has the endorsement of Visit London's Totally London campaign.

EVENT
Event, the September 2007 exhibition associated with The London Wall Project, becomes the Spitz Gallery’s final exhibition before it closes to relocate. It focuses on selected celebrations from the project, reflecting the growing popularity of eccentric and alternative gatherings that are being held throughout the capital.

A 128-page book, also titled Event, has been published to accompany the exhibition. It documents the activities in chronological order from January to December, with brief notes for each entry. Books can be ordered from londonwall@takingthepics.com.

Event Exhibition details:
Spitz Gallery
109 Commercial Street
Old Spitalfields Market
London E1 6BG

Thursday 6th September – Sunday 23rd September 2007

Opening Times:   
Mon – Fri: Noon – 5pm
Sat: 12 – 5pm
Sun: 11 – 5pm
(Other times by appointment)

Admission Free


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For further information contact londonwall@takingthepics.com or phone Kath Serkis on 020 7922 1350.

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