Following on from our successful collaboration with the City of London Corporation last winter (https://merchantland.co.uk/aldgate-in-winter-festival-at-33-creechurch-lane/), we are delighted to have collaborated with the City of London again this summer by being a host site for this year’s exhibition which will run from Friday 25th June – Friday 9th July.
The display at 33 Creechurch Lane featured a squirrel, a snail and a bird lantern. The squirrel was designed to send a message of love and hope to the local community, and to bring a bit of East London light and joy. The squirrel’s tail was decorated by children from Years 3, 4 and 5 at Shapla Primary School in Tower Hamlets through online workshops.
The snail reflects the theme of slowing down during the pandemic and embracing lockdown as a time for reflection. The snail was decorated by children from Year 4 at Harry Gosling Primary School in Tower Hamlets and Year 3 at Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. The patterns are based on the passing seasons, and the text represents a meditative mood: taking time and pausing for thought.
Artworks for the bird lantern were made by children from Years 3 at Canon Barnett Primary School and Christ Church Primary School in Tower Hamlets. The children were invited to think about freedom, and important movements such as Black Lives Matter.
To learn more about the exhibition and the other artworks that have been installed around the City, please visit https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/events/summer-in-aldgate