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!
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!