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The Cut is an exhibition of new artworks illuminating the variously personal moving profound and sometimes comical memories of the people who live in this peculiarly fascinating bit of London along a short stretch of the Lea River Navigation Canal known as The Hackney Cut.
Jessie Brennan Chris Dorley-Brown and Daniel Lehan’s works explore the testimonies and histories of a place at London’s edge where the Romans settled and the invading Danes raided the Anglo Saxon kingdom and which fostered inventions in chemicals Bakelite dry cleaning dyes and petrol.

A publication of the artists’ work will be launched alongside the exhibition. The Cut will be shown at the View Tube an arts and community resource with the nearest view of the Olympic Stadium and will be part of the View Tube Art Programme that is curated by Alice Sharp.

An accompanying public programme of walks and talks taking place in different places between 21st and 31st July will be publicised shortly.

The exhibition will take place during CREATE 2011 (24 June – 25 July) the annual cultural festival of the Olympic 5 Host Boroughs and Hackney WickED (29 – 31 July) the annual showcase of work coming out of Europe’s most highly concentrated area of artists and creatives.

21st – 31st July 2011 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)Thursday 21st – July Publication Launch and exhibition opening 6pm to 8.30pm

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Project Overview
The exhibition is the culmination of a year-long project building on SPACE’s previous Hackney Wick Festival) collaborations. Local people volunteered to be trained at SPACE by Dr Toby Butler as oral historians working alongside the artists and recording a wide range of narratives and personal perspectives that are at risk of becoming invisible in the regeneration process.
Oral HistoriansElizabeth PillarEsther CollinsIan BluntJohn HoustonKate TuckerKathleen McIlvennaRafal SzulczwskiKeira JamesNicola WissbrookRosanna ArbonSarah BancroftDavid FrancisMichael SomwaruClaudia JessopJane PerrottFiona Fieber
Oral HistoriesAlec WatsonAnnie MyersBarry MilsomBrian JohnsonColin PriestDavid GeorgeEdward BennettElin BielekerFrank SweeneyGiulietta CoatesGraham and Brenda WoodsLance ForemanTim NewsonTony Menzies

The gathered oral histories will be archived and publicly accessible at The Hackney Musuem and SPACE.

The Hackney Cut is a 3km artificial channel of water that cuts across the marshes in Hackney Wick east London from Lea Bridge Road in the north to Old Ford Lock in the south. It was dug in 1770 as a river canal avoiding the shoals and bends of the old River Lea and providing much improved navigation. The area is intrinsically tied to the river canal supporting a rich industrial physical and social heritage. Today the Hackney Cut is entering a new phase of its history as the area undergoes great changes brought on by Olympic developments and regeneration. The Old River Lea is now enclosed by the Olympic Site leaving the Hackney Cut as the only publicly accessible part of the waterway.

Click on the links to read more about Jessie Chris and Daniel‘s approaches to the project.Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from The View Tube and British Waterways.

Contact Fiona Fieber at SPACE: or 0208 525 4330