Summer in Aldgate, a new exhibition by the community for the community, will shine a light on the work, creative projects and community activities which have taken place locally over the past year.
From 25 June to 9 July, the Summer in Aldgate exhibition will explore themes that have emerged as important for many during the pandemic: nature, community, creativity, each other.
The collaborative exhibition will bring together local artworks, film, sound pieces, large-scale lanterns, creative window displays, and photos featuring the community support which sprang into action last year. The artworks will be displayed across more than 25 sites and in windows throughout Aldgate.
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said: “This exhibition is a wonderful way to showcase the local support and social connection we’ve seen in Aldgate at a time when it was needed the most.
“In many ways the pandemic brought the best out of our community and this is something which the festival harnesses and celebrates.
“As lockdown restrictions ease, the exhibition will be an opportunity for the community to finally come together and celebrate the people that live, work and study in the area.”
Summer in Aldgate evolves from Aldgate in Winter, an annual collaborative community project which has been running since 2017.
Traditionally, Aldgate in Winter is a large-scale lantern parade and winter fair in Aldgate Square, preceded by weeks of creative and performance workshops.
Due to the pandemic, in 2020 Aldgate in Winter was reimagined as a programme of online workshops with schools, community groups and individuals, which were supplemented by creative activity packs distributed across the community.
Large-scale lanterns were exhibited across five local sites alongside an online event programme of walks, performances, workshops and wellbeing sessions.