Exhibitions at Bruce Castle Museum
A Small Plot of Land
- 3 July to 6 October 2019
An exhibition of photographic portraits taken in Creighton Road Allotments during 2018-2019, by Danilo Murru (external link), a Tottenham-based photographer and allotment holder.
Tottenham is known to be one of the most diverse areas of the Capital. The allotments reflect this aspect of our society beautifully. Often it can feel surreal to be in the middle of such a dense urban environment, whilst picking tomatoes and digging up potatoes. It is even more surreal and precious with the £1 billion brand new Spurs stadium next-door. The allotments are a great example of sustainability. Here, nothing goes to waste. Everything is reused again and again - to build a shed, a greenhouse, or just to embellish a plot. The simple aim of this photographic project is to celebrate diversity, integration and the coming together of people from different walks of life.
Together at the allotment they perform the simple human act of growing their own fruit and veg.
Location: East Wing Gallery.
Windrush Legacy and Legends
22 June to December 2019
Marking Windrush Day in 2019, this exhibition shows stories from the Bruce Castle collections and the local community, celebrating the presence, the significant contribution and the lasting impact by Haringey’s Windrush Generation. Come along and explore Haringey’s own important histories, photographs and memories.
Location: Old Kitchen
We Made It! Haringey’s BAME creators and innovators
- 5 June to 14 July 2019
We Made It! salutes past and present-day BAME creativity and innovation - all from Haringey.
Exploring the collections from Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive, this exhibition celebrates the more recent artistic excellence of portraitist Kelvin Okafor and the creative storytelling of visual artist Agenda Brown of Visual Marvelry, alongside the early work of internationally-significant photographers David A. Bailey, Dave Lewis, Ingrid Pollard and Suzanne Roden.
Emerging talent Marquel Williams from Tottenham shows his new fashion designs, reflecting on the Windrush Generation and influenced by renowned textile designer Althea McNish, with made examples using her beautiful fabric.
For the first time the award-winning ‘Sewn Together’ African and Caribbean commemorative quilts made by Sonja Camara and the Haringey community will be displayed.
The collection of artists includes Gary March, Melonie Stennett, Bernette Hall, Antony Paul Maina, Adjoa Wiredu, Tony Wolliston and Tania Pascoal, amongst many others.
Enjoy, explore and be inspired!
Location: Compton Gallery.
Animatograph! How cinema was born in Haringey
5 April to 28 July 2019
Films - or ‘animated photography’ as they were originally called - first hit the screen in 1896. It was a young electrical engineer born in Holloway 150 years ago, Robert Paul, who led the way. Paul unveiled his own Animatograph projector on the same day in London as the famous Lumière cinématographe, and went on to achieve star billing in half a dozen London music halls that year.
He knew these first short films weren’t enough to hold public attention. In 1898, he and his wife Ellen bought land in Muswell Hill to build Britain’s first film studio. The films they made over the next years laid the basis of nearly everything we know in cinema – comedies, chases, dramas, and magical ‘trick films’.
This exhibition tells the story of how Robert and Ellen Paul really created cinema here in Haringey. The first American and French filmmakers took a lot of their ideas from the Pauls’ pioneering work, successfully exported all over the world for the next ten years.
Robert Paul was also a pioneer in electrical science, with many key inventions to his name. He continued this work after retiring from cinema – even inventing a portable iron lung in 1936 to help sufferers from diptheria and polio.
This hands-on and interactive exhibition is curated by Ian Christie, Film and Media History Professor, Birkbeck College, University of London, and has an associated programme of talks, events and activities at the museum.
Kindly supported by Tottenham Grammar School Foundation, and Birkbeck, University of London
A graphic novel accompanies the exhibition: 'Time Traveller; Robert Paul and the Invention of Cinema', published by the Nerve Centre, Derry-Londonderry, with support from Northern Ireland Screen.
Location: Coleraine Gallery.
Art in the Tower
A changing display of multi-media artwork by resident art class Art2View in the Tudor Tower at Bruce Castle.
Open on special event days.
- Next event - tbc
Works by the artists are for sale, and all proceeds kindly help the Friends of Bruce Castle and the Museum to support the free Family Art and Craft Activities Programme.
Location: Tudor Tower.