Tuesday, September 16, 2008

From the Picturesque to the Demolished


From the Picturesque to the Demolished

Video and performance art event to highlight the illegal demolition of Angel Cottage
The Railway Tavern Hotel
131 Angel Lane, E15 London
(5 min from Stratford Tube Station)
Saturday September 27th, 6:30-10pm

Simon Boudvin, El Vonne Brown, cack-u-like, Lee Campbell, David Critchley, Janet Dooner, Tom Ellis, Friends of Angel Cottage (Gerri Grogan), Julika Gittner, Lee Holden, Adrian Holme, Alex Ingram, Daniel Lehan, Dan Marmot, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Victoria Melody, London Particular (Ben Seymour, David Panos), Alex Pearl, Albert Potrony, John Smith, Prisca Thielmann, William Titley, Jonathan Trayner, Tom Woolner

The evening event will include works by video and performance artists and architects relating to themes of destruction, political protest or regeneration raised by the illegal demolition of Angel Cottage. The event will also feature speeches by local residents and activists who have supported the reconstruction of one of the oldest surviving buildings in Stratford .

Despite its protected status, the Georgian Grade II listed Angel Cottage in Windmill Lane was demolished under the cover of plastic sheeting in November last year. The 1826 Georgian cottage had been sold at auction for £400,000 and stood opposite the Olympic site and the new Stratford City development on some of the most valuable development land in London . The illegal demolition was discovered by outraged local residents who demanded an investigation of the case by both the council and English Heritage.

The local council has subsequently prosecuted the owner and served an enforcement notice to have the building reinstated brick by brick at the owner’s expense. Architects are currently trying to reconstruct the building from old photographs.

The curators acknowledge the support of the Railway Tavern Hotel, whose staff and customers have been vocal in their support for the rebuilding of the Cottage.

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