‘Blithe Nook’, an exhibition by The Library of Obscure Wonders, from 5 September to 3 October

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‘Blithe Nook’, an exhibition by The Library of Obscure Wonders, from 5 September to 3 October

 

 

We are pleased to welcome ‘The Library of Obscure Wonders’ to the belfry.

Joanne Roberts, Cos Chapman and contributing guests create an installation about Bethnal Green which will combine botany, history, curiosity and soundscape.

“the earliest form of Bethnal Green is derived from the Anglo-Saxon healh (‘angle, nook, or corner’) and blithe (‘happy, blithe’). A settlement’s dependence upon water suggests that the ‘happy corner’ was cleared next to the natural spring… Over time, the name became Bethan Hall Green, which, because of local pronunciation as Beth’n ‘all Green, had by the 19th century changed to Bethnal Green.” Wikipedia

‘Blithe Nook’ takes its starting point from this description on the origins of Bethnal Green. Imagining the area as a clearing next to a spring, and how special it must have been to the local residents, it tries to capture the ghost of this and connect it to the busy metropolitan area it has now become.

The piece includes botanical mosaics made from recycled street litter, cabinets showing aspects of the area that have caught the curiosity of residents and passers by, a soundscape comprising of sounds from the Green and an opportunity for visitors to contribute their own items of curiosity or wonder.

Opening Night as part of the First Thursday programme:

Thursday 5 September from 6.30 to 9.30pm – Live Art, Poetry and Music

A night of beguilingly performances focusing on aspects of Bethnal Green, now and in history. Artists include poetry from Jill Rock, performances by Jude Cowan Montague and Calum F. Kerr and the band Rude Mechanicals finishing off the night.

Opening times until 3 October: Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6pm and by appointment

Performances on the closing night 3 October from 6.30 to 9.30pm:

From 6.30pm in the Belfry – ‘Sin Eating’, a performance which re-enacts an ancient Welsh ritual

7.15pm in the church – Matt Scott on classical accordion

8.30pm in the church – Bitten by a Monkey, simian AND lemuroid