I’m having a solo show at the Jane Newbery Gallery in Dulwich.
This time my work is largely focussed around two sites, the Heygate in Elephant and Castle and the Folkestone Harbour train station (Folkestone being my home town).
Both sites are unused at present and waiting for something to happen.
The Heygate is closed up and waiting to be demolished as part of the Elephant and Castle regeneration program. I believe the planning stage is happening around now. I’ve lived in South East London for around eight years and I have painted the Heygate on several occasions before as the residents slowly moved out and it was boarded up. However, I wanted to devote a bit more time to it now as it is about to disappear forever.
Folkestone Harbour Station I was almost unaware of when I was growing up in Folkestone. It was nestled in behind some fun fair rides and a large Sunday market. Last year as part of the Folkestone Triennial there was an exhibit located within the old station and that was the first time I had ever ventured in. Since then I have been back several times to document it.
The Harbour Station was once a major point of departure for First World War troops whilst also being the station that the Orient Express passed through on it’s way to France.
Now like the Heygate it awaits the future. There seem to be two possible versions. One would have the station demolished and the area converted into a marina as part of a wider regeneration plan for Folkestone (much like Elephant and Castle). The other sees the station survive as a visitor attraction with a ‘Leaving for War’ museum. In the meantime it gently decays.