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Curating Grief Pop-Up

Curating Grief Pop-Up

By charlenelam- 17th September - 25th September 2022

The Grief Gallery welcomes visitors to acknowledge personal and collective losses through the contemplation and celebration of objects: the ones left by people we’ve lost and kept by those left behind.

LDF visitors and the community are invited to add a cherished object to The Grief Gallery’s collection, either in-person in Shoreditch where the item can be photographed and recorded, or virtually at the online gallery wall at www.thegriefgallery.com

Online gallery from Sat 17th Sept

Find The Grief Gallery’s travelling plinth in-person at Arnold Circus, Thu 22 – Sun 25 Sept, 12-3pm

Booking optional: Reserve a time to meet curator and certified grief coach Charlene Lam in-person in Shoreditch, or just show up!

Additional times around Shoreditch by whim and by appointment, to be announced here and on Instagram @curating_grief

Event Times

22nd September 2022 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
23rd September 2022 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
24th September 2022 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
25th September 2022 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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My Mother’s Lipsticks, The Grief Gallery

Gallery display plinth with airline items on the surface including red plastic cups, metal utensils
Curator Charlene Lam of The Grief Gallery at London Design Festival and Shoreditch Design Triangle 2022. Credit: Catherine Turner of Entirely Catherine Photography
Asian woman with white gallery display pedestal on East London street with street art and graffiti.
Curator Charlene Lam of The Grief Gallery at London Design Festival 2022
Curator Charlene Lam of The Grief Gallery at London Design Festival and Shoreditch Design Triangle 2022

Arnold Circus

Arnold Circus, and its surrounding public gardens, is a leafy oasis and a place of solace for many in the neighbourhood. When I lived in the area, I spent a lot of time wandering the streets that radiate out from the roundabout, and especially after my mother died, just sitting on its benches, enjoying the quiet and greenery. The band stand is perched on a hill built from the remains of a notorious Victorian slum torn down to build the UK’s first social housing, the Boundary Estate. That vision of building on ruins is yet another reason I’m drawn to this spot as a location for healing and connection.

The Boundary Gardens and Arnold Circus are maintained by the amazing volunteers at The Friends of Arnold Circus. Check out their site to learn more about the history, and consider donating to support their good work!

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