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Artists, academics and community unite in powerful exhibition, Trellis

  • London, Online
  • crafts, combined arts, film, interdisciplinary arts, photography, visual arts


Addressing urgent contemporary issues including the Hostile Environment Policy, England’s damaging disregard for deaf language and culture, and destructive misconceptions about neurodiverse citizens, Trellis is a powerful multidisciplinary exhibition featuring seven contemporary artists working in collaboration with researchers and east London community groups. The resulting works are insightful, passionate and political, giving a voice to people whose stories are rarely heard. 

All of the artists exhibiting in Trellis have strong ties to east London, either living or working in the area. The selected artists are: Edwin Mingard, Jon Adams, Briony Campbell, Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, Sarah Carne, Sara Heywood and Jane Watt. 

The unique tenet of Trellis is the tri-party relationship between the groups of community participants, east London artists, and cutting-edge researchers from UCL. Every project has pushed the boundaries to allow individuals to be heard and equitably co-create the final artworks, which address diverse issues of importance to the people of east London. “The artwork is the place where everything meets” says Rosie Murdoch, Trellis Curator.

Presented as a blended physical and virtual exhibition due to the pandemic, the exhibition will be supported with a dynamic line-up of free live events, including film premiers, artists in conversation and more. Visit to find out more and book your free place

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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