Saturday 25 February 12.30-1.30pm and 3-4pm
If you’ve recently walked along Dalston Lane, or passed by on the bus, you may have noticed a number of photographic portraits, located high up on the wall immediately outside the Garden and in the windows of a number of nearby shops, venues and community organisations. They are all part of the ‘Tuesdays at Dalston Curve Garden’ exhibition, which shines a light on a very special group of people.
The portraits are by photographers Sandra Keating and Erola Arcalís who have been documenting this group since 2020 and the exhibition has been curated by the Garden’s team, in consultation with the members of the group.
The Tuesday group grew out of the programme of daily community mornings set up by the Garden in 2020, to counter the social isolation caused by the pandemic restrictions. The silver lining from what was a terrible time for so many people, has been the emergence of this amazing group of people. In the beginning, the only thing we knew that these individuals had in common was that they were all aged over 50 and that many of them lived alone. Since then the group have shared laughter, tears and joy, good moods and bad moods, and life stories. Now over 100 people regularly come together, all year round, to experience the tranquillity of the Garden, to take part in creative activities, to enjoy nutritious food, and most of all to build friendships.
This Saturday 25 February we will be celebrating the launch of the ‘Tuesdays at Dalston Curve Garden’ exhibition, with two free events. Erola Arcalís will describe her experience and thoughts about taking these photographic portraits and members of the Garden’s ‘Tuesdays’ creative team will talk about the story of the group. There will be lots of time for questions.
The talks will begin just outside the Garden, in front of the portrait wall, opposite the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural before moving inside to the Garden’s Pineapple House.
Places for each talk are free but limited, so booking is essential. You can book via the links below:
Saturday 25 February, 12.30-1.30pm: Book Here
Saturday 25 February, 3-4pm: Book Here
The ‘Tuesdays at Dalston Curve Garden’ exhibition and talks have been supported by Hackney Council’s Hackney High Street Fund.