07 April - 13 May
Regent Studios was designed for the Greater London Council in 1965 to meet the needs of small-scale light industries in the East End. Fortunes changed over the years and in 2006 Transition Gallery moved in, part of a new wave of East End galleries. But pre Regent Studios, the plot was post-war waste ground. Local youths saw possibilities in this blank space and formed a cycle speedway track, which in its heyday attracted audiences of up to several hundred.
Inspired by this psychogeographic poetry of place, Transition Gallery has commissioned three artists, Luci Eyers, Andrew Kotting and James Roseveare, and a writer, Helena Haimes, to make contemporary responses, to long forgotten histories. Speedway the resulting exhibition is a circulatory meshing of a sense of community, historical layering, philosophical ruminations on time, archaeology, leisure and present day artistic ingenuity. Alongside the exhibition there is an Urban Ghosts issue of Garageland magazine and a series of free Sunday talks, which will feature an original skid kid and an architect. The closing day event Ghost Cinema, includes screenings, talks and performances by artists and academics, all inspired by a long-gone neighbourhood cinema in Hackney.
They are at 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green station and at 11 minutes from London Fields railway station.
Buses: 26, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254 and D6 all stops on Cambridge Heat Road, a few moments away.
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