Open For Business
Eleanor Wemyss' site-specific practice takes as its starting point a specific locale and period in time.
at Latymer Projects
Saxbys 272 Latimer Road, September 1974. Courtesy of London Metropolitan Archives.
Working intimately with local archives and official records whilst collecting first hand accounts, her work pieces together forgotten and fragmented narratives of community and place.
In Open for Business, Wemyss traces the relationships between businesses and local residents on Latimer Road, and the role these shops have played in creating a sense of belonging and collective memory in the local area.
The show brings to light ways of life unknown by younger generations, such as the “soapsud “culture of the 1930s. At this time, six laundries owned by three families all sat within a third of a mile of each other on Latimer Road. A focal point for the community, these businesses provided a semi-public space where people could share information, advice and local stories.
Along with creative works by Colville Primary School children that imagine new uses for empty shops, the exhibition brings together archival objects, documents and recorded memories that Wemyss has accumulated during her research process.
Family Day—Saturday 23 June, 2–4 pm
Come along and have a chat to the artist and organisers. Children from Colville Primary School who have made artworks and their parents are especially invited to join us.
Special Event—Saturday 30 June, 2–6pm
This event will mark the end of Latymer Projects Event Programme—we hope everyone who has been involved can make it over to celebrate what we’ve all achieved!
Preview: Tuesday 19 June, 6-9pm
20 June - 1 July 2012
154 Freston Road