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London glass artists create a Cabinet of Wonders in East London church

Working with light, glass and sound the New London Glass artists are creating a Cabinet of Wonders in a dark and captivating space: the belfry of St. John’s Church in East London. This fascinating and intriguing exhibition is also spilling out into the staircase leading up to the belfry and the daylight-flooded North gallery above the nave.

In celebration of the New London Glass twentieth anniversary, the core members of NLG are marking this occasion with an exhibition of their contemporary glass art. Old colleagues and some new artists are exhibiting together at St. John’s Church in Bethnal Green, East London. This neoclassical church right above Bethnal Green Tube Station is a wonderful space which includes an atmospheric belfry where some of the work will be shown.

NLG members from left to right: Kirsty Brooks, Gaby Kienle, Max Jacquard, Angela Thwaites, Tim Cunliffe

Twenty NLG artists are involved in this exhibition, LightBox: Exploration in Glass, Light and other Phenomena. Most of them have studied and have worked or continued to work and teach in London (Central Saint Martin’s, Royal College of Art, UCL Institute of Education, Mary Ward Centre, Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College).

NLG is an artist organized collective formed in 1998 with the common interest of working with glass. Since their first show in the Candid Arts Trust in Angel, Islington (1998), they explore this material’s properties as a light transmitting substance in relation to the space surrounding it. They are interested in taking the work out of the usual gallery context and displaying it in intriguing spaces where the light and placement can be creatively arranged.

Pieces created by NLG artists

NLG group have curated successful shows for the Platform for Art in Gloucester Road Underground Station, The Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street and a wonderful touring show in collaboration with Hungarian artists that visited Budapest, Bruges and Rotterdam as well as London and Liverpool in the early years of the noughties.

Some work made by NLG members

All these marvels will be available to peruse from the 7th of June, the preview evening. On this opening night, a complementary sonic landscape composed by invited DJs will accompany the show and there will be a bar in the nave of the church.


LightBox: Exploration in Glass, Light and other Phenomena
A Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition Curated by New London Glass
St John’s Church, Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Open Thursday 7th June, 6-9pm and the following three weekends 1-5pm
(9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th June 2018)

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