Venue for major David
Bailey exhibition unveiled
The venue in Newham for a major
exhibition featuring the work of iconic photographer David Bailey
has been announced.
The event - called Bailey's East End - will showcase a unique
collection of 50 years' worth of photographs taken by the former
East Ham resident in and around the area. Newham residents will be
able to get in free.
The eagerly-anticipated exhibition will be held from July 14 to
August 11 at Compressor House, next to Royal Albert station on the
DLR (Docklands Light Railway), Dockside Road in the Royal Docks
Bailey said: "London's East End is in my DNA and I'm thrilled to be
able to return to my roots in Newham. The Olympics are helping to
transform the borough and I'm delighted to be playing a special
part in its transformation. Go East young man!"
The council, which is working with arts organisation CREATE,
conceived the idea for the exhibition and has been integral in
getting the project off the ground, including part funding
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, where two thirds of the Olympics
will be taking place, said: "We are thrilled that an icon like
David Bailey will be returning to his roots with a major exhibition
here in time for the Games. This is a fantastic coup for Newham and
East London. David is a true Newham boy and we will be ensuring he
gets the warmest of homecomings."
Newham Council's Chief Executive Kim Bromley-Derry said: "We are
delighted to be backing this exhibition and to be playing such a
key role. David is one of the world's most famous photographers.
The fact that he has chosen Newham to host this pivotal show
underlines the transformation that is taking place here. London is
moving eastwards - as this proves.
"This is all about providing a stunning cultural legacy from the
Games. We are confident it will be a huge hit and draw visitors
from across London and beyond. Other major figures in the arts will
see that Newham is a new cultural hub and will be attracted
"The council has ensured that local people can visit it for free so
that everyone will benefit.
"This exhibition symbolises the progress that is taking place here.
Newham is home to some of the largest and most spectacular
development sites in Europe. We will use the Games as a catalyst to
establish the borough as a gateway to London, a melting pot for the
exchange of commerce, information and ideas and a tourist
destination in its own right."
Bailey has been photographing Newham and east London since the
1960s, right up to the present day. The photographs that will be
displayed - many of them large-scale prints - document the changing
social and physical landscape of East End life.