A new exhibition explores and records the significant history of the printing industry in east London, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Lightboxes + Lettering, an exhibition by Rendezvous Projects, tells the story of the print industry across the 20th century, focussing on the east London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. The show uncovers and presents a wealth of material: from historic examples of print to objects, photographs of iconic businesses and workers’ memories, told through a new collection of oral histories.
Using archive and newly found material from companies, co-ops and radical presses, the exhibition examines and documents changes in the print industry, exploring the role east London played and the influences of new and digital technologies. Forgotten and intricate techniques are celebrated, with beautiful examples of print on display. Rendezvous Press worked with a team of volunteers to collect the show’s material, producing responses to the project’s findings. Presented in the heart of the East End, the show will run at Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, opposite Bow Church.
Lucy Harrison, Project Leader,“The print trade is such a rich part of east London’s industrial history. The technology of print,design aspects and the finished products all provide a fascinating insight into the evolution of the print industry in the area, from closed-shop union print-works to radical presses and commercial, artists’ or community print shops.”
Lightboxes + Lettering
Dates: 17 January – 29 March 2020 Venue: Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Arts, London E3 2SJ. Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm, free entry
About Rendevous Projects Rendezvous Projects is a Community Interest Company based in Waltham Forest, developing creative ways of exploring social history and providing opportunities for communities to take part in the work. The organisation is run by Iain Aitch, Rosa Ainley, Katherine Green, Lucy Harrison and Michael Needham.