The beginning of HS2 construction means we have seen buildings emptied of their businesses and in some cases, left vacant. Whilst we are trying to tell visitors that our high streets are open for business as usual, an empty tower block at the entrance of Euston station says otherwise!
So, we borrowed the empty Oliver Bonas shop on the station plaza from HS2's contractors CSJV. We put out an open call to any local creative organisations and artists, asking them to fulfil a simple brief - respond to the space in a way that injects some vibrancy to the environment, breaks up the commute, and encourages thought and interaction.
An enormous thanks to our first resident MTArt who did the initial paint job and got the shop ready for a month long rotating programme. The inevitable teething problems were ironed out and we think we've built a robust blueprint for how to temporarily use a space in a construction site that distracts from the disruption and provides a platform to express imagination.
MTART AGENCY // To hope
A representation of our love affair with London, with issues of sustainability, integration and a need to escape being at the forefront.
Featuring artists Jasmine Pradissitto, David Aiu Servan-schreiber, Tristan Piggott, Will Thompson, Adelaide Damoah, Alexandra Lethbridge, Jennifer Abessira and Sam Creasey.
Chalton Gallery //
A gallery on Chalton Street dedicated to showcasing contemporary British and Mexican artists.
Artist Max Prus exhibited his work which depicts the every day narratives of life in Britain. Henry Coleman used vinyl to play with the architecture of the building.
The wonderful Javier Caldron runs the gallery and invigilated for their week in the space - pop down to Chalton Street to find out more from Javier and enjoy some of their delicious coffee.
David tovey //
Local artist David Tovey uses a range of materials, paints and charcoals to help us face the difficult aspects of life. The conditions, emotions and challenges we must face.
David exhibits internationally as well as in the Tate Modern and Somerset House, and is the founder of the One Festival of Homeless Arts.
Camden People's Theatre // ex boyfriend yard sale
One of the destinations along the Euston Green Link - Camden People's Theatre got involved through Hayley McGee, who used the space as an interactive popup contributing to a wider project that aims to calculate the true cost of love.
From office workers in suits to tourists with suitcases - commuters had an irresistible urge to come in and share their stories of heartbreak. Laughter, sadness, fury, nostalgia and hope aplenty. Not what you expect to find on your way through a station...