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Last night I went to a warehouse party with a difference. A group of 25 artists have taken over an industrial unit on the International Trading Estate in Southall, and I was lucky enough to be invited to their private view.
Trident Way 2: The Southall Project is organised by Departure Gallery, formed by property agents Robert Wort and Giles Andrews to reclaim empty urban spaces and turns them into unique exhibition venues.
Over the past year, they’ve inhabited locations including Southall warehouses and Clerkenwell offices. This is their most ambitious show yet, filling 30,000 square feet of space.
I was shown around by the curator, Louise Ashcroft. For her own exhibit, Southall Rhizome, Ashcroft invited people to send in objects relating to Southall.
You can read the correspondence she received from around the world, including emails, photos, tracks sent in by musicians, and even a proposal of marriage!
Ashcroft also gathered items from around the estate, including squashed drinks cans and giant mushrooms.
Other highlights include:
- Amazing psychedelic work by Doug Burton
- Submarines made from Calor Gas bottles by David Snoo Wilson
- Floating books from Livia Garcia
- A polystyrene sculpture by Helene Kazan
(Kazan’s work is accompanied by a video she made when staying overnight at the warehouse. Look out for the ghostly apparition!)
There is loads to explore. If you’re looking for something different (and free) to do this weekend, I would highly recommend a trip to Southall to see the show.
Trident Way 2: The Southall Project is on until 18 December.