UNEARTHED The creative history of a brownfield site, was a project by Neville Gabie, the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) Artist in Residence on the Olympic Park. "Little Room for Much Else" was exhibited in the exhibition; A sculptural work by Jacqueline Pennell, constructed from glass, tape, wood, bed sheet, clock and medical plaster. The initial UNEARTHED exhibition and archive sought to reveal the cultural history of the Carpenters Road artists' studios in the former Yardley’s perfume factory, which used to be on the site of the London 2012 Aquatics Centre. These studios were managed by Acme and home to 500 artists between 1985 and 2001.
A collaboration between InSite Arts, Acme Studios, archaeologist James Dixon, and many of the artists, UNEARTHED was hosted by Ardmore Construction at Warton House, Yardley’s former offices in Stratford High Street.
As artist in residence on the Olympic Park, Neville become aware that most people involved have little or no idea of the history of the area prior to the Park being built. It is variously described as having been a ‘derelict wasteland’ or a ‘brownfield site’. Before its history of having supported the largest studio complex in Europe is completely lost, the motivation was to explore the creative impact of those studios.
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