Hedy's art exhibition 'Beautiful Decay' is diverse and rich in texture and detail. Her mixed-media collages incorporate photography, drawing, maps and found objects. Her new, site-specific collection 'Audience Participation' is inspired by the sumptuous and colourful interiors of the disused Streatham Hill Theatre.
Date: Friday 15th March - Sat 27th April
Time: During Opening Hours (Bar Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 6pm - 11pm)
Tickets: Admission Free
The work in this exhibition reflects Hedy's life-long interest in architecture, landscape and the marks left on them by time and human intervention. It draws on her experiences of over 30 years working as an architect specialising in the conservation of historic buildings.
The Beautiful Decay series of collages expresses her response to the patina of age visible in the architectural fabric which she finds compelling and inspirational. She uses photographs of decay taken in the course of her conservation work, and on walks in urban environments. She extends the composition by hand using graphite, watercolour and other media together with found objects, often in contrast with the depicted defect to express the beauty of ageing and the surviving details.
Her new work made especially for this exhibition entitled Audience Participation seeks to bring back to public view the beautiful interiors of the disused Streatham Hill Theatre, located only 10 minutes down the road from Streatham Space Project. ‘Audience Participation I’ is her first artwork executed on fabric. With this piece she hopes that the sumptuous chandelier’s light is shining again for the wider public.
One of London’s most lavish ‘sleeping beauties’ and the last theatre designed by W G R Sprague, the architect responsible for some of the most beautiful theatres in London, Streatham Hill Theatre is now privately owned and functions as a ‘Cashino’. It was constructed in 1929 and is grade II listed.