Regeneration City Blues H/Q
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
55 Neal Street Covent Garden London WC2H8DF
55 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9PJ

Regeneration City Blues

The exhibition explores the impact of city regeneration by corporate multinationals upon pre-existing shops, businesses and established local ‘grassroots’ creative and cultural activity. Soaring land value forces out originality and sub-cultural scenes, leaving a homogenised wasteland of international brands and luxury unlived-in apartments. Our historical, social and cultural ‘sense of place’ is being obliterated in certain city areas, to the dismay of local people and the existing community. Thus developed areas are ‘gentrified’ – but at what cost?

Jane Palm-Gold lives in St. Giles in central London. Close by, independent businesses, live music venues, cinemas and public houses have either been earmarked for redevelopment or have undergone this in recent years.

This exhibition is her remembrance of a few of the many creative and culturally important streets and places lost in the last 30 years. She also seeks to document the history of nearby Denmark Street, a street rich in music heritage, where businesses are teetering on the brink of survival because of adjacent massive redevelopment and Crossrail.

For details of talks on The Roxy (with Andrew Czezowski & Susan Carrington), Johnson’s the Modern Outfitters (with Lloyd Johnson), Sign of the Times (with Fiona Cartledge) and a talk by Jane Palm-Gold on the exhibition. For more information, see – here