Bethnal Green Old Town Hall
After many years of emptiness, the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, a Grade II listed building and a feature of our nightwalk route, has been transformed into the new 'Town Hall Hotel.' walkwalkwalk have been commissioned by the hotel to produce permanent artworks in response to the building itself and its social and historical context. Eight artists have created works for the site, curated and produced by Artsadmin.

We have worked with our archive of stories based on real life incidents in Bethnal Green, to create large and small-scale text works echoing our previous use of stories in forms such as fly posters. The texts give voice to things that are usually overlooked in the regular histories, and which may be marginalised as the area regenerates, speaking of a world beyond the hotel of fragile freedoms and serendipitous encounters. Embedding tales of the everyday into the fabric of the building celebrates these characters and their lives, commencing a new process of myth making to accompany the Blind Beggar into the future imagination of Bethnal Green.

Our work for the Town Hall consists of three elements:

'Bird' a large format text work in engraved and back-lit painted glass, located in the bar stairwell, (completed June 2010) Click to see the full text -
walkwalkwalk: stories from the Bethnal Green archive, a set of small engraved signs that are located throughout the building. Click to view, and read, the stories (completed June 2010)
Photo © Angus Mill
'Billy' and 'Nora', two large scale plaster text works which will be embedded into the walls of the Hotel's 1910 stairwell, click to view the visualisations (completion Autumn 2010)
Photo © Angus Mill
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