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Exchange exhibition showcases Ilford artists’ positive responses to lockdown

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2020 | UPDATED: 18:04 26 October 2020

Ilford Exchange is hosting an art exhibition featuring the works of eight artists, six of whom work out of Space studios. Picture: Exchange

Ilford Exchange is hosting an art exhibition featuring the works of eight artists, six of whom work out of Space studios. Picture: Exchange

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The Exchange Shopping Centre is hosting an art exhibition showcasing how the borough’s artists are making sense of the pandemic and challenging times.

Freelance painter Ally Ikutani painted this tree from Wanstead Park which she noticed once her life slowed down due to lockdown. Picture: Ally IkutaniFreelance painter Ally Ikutani painted this tree from Wanstead Park which she noticed once her life slowed down due to lockdown. Picture: Ally Ikutani

The exhibition, which started on Monday, October 26 and ends on Friday, November 6, will feature the works of eight artists, six of whom are based at Space studio.

The Exchange’s general manager Sarah de Courcy Rolls said: “We would love to add a splash of positivity to the challenging times this year has brought us by bringing the community together through the expression of art.

Wildlife illustrator Rashmi Mistry's work will be featured. Picture: Rashmi MistryWildlife illustrator Rashmi Mistry's work will be featured. Picture: Rashmi Mistry

“We will have local artists displaying all kinds of work to express who they are and what they can do, working as one to raise community spirits through the use of their creativity.

“I think the lockdown and the subsequent restrictions on everyone’s lives have made people reflect on the world around them and many of the artists featured are showcasing work inspired by this reflection.

Loxford-based artist Maria Lostak, MariaSubrosa49, painted this work to reflect on memories of travel she took for granted before coronavirus hit. Picture: Maria LostakLoxford-based artist Maria Lostak, MariaSubrosa49, painted this work to reflect on memories of travel she took for granted before coronavirus hit. Picture: Maria Lostak

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“At the Exchange, we see ourselves as an important part of the community and such exhibitions provide a terrific opportunity to create a natural interface between the artists who live in Ilford and their fellow residents.”

This painting by illustrator Andrei Faliboga will be on display. Picture: Andrei FalibogaThis painting by illustrator Andrei Faliboga will be on display. Picture: Andrei Faliboga

Maria Lostak, a mixed media artist from Loxford who goes by MariaSubrosa49, said when she completed her Masters in fine arts in 2006 the borough had no opportunities for artists. She appreciates that she can now work out of the Space studios and exhibit her work in Ilford.

She painted a picture from a pre-lockdown vacation she took in Portugal to reflect on memories she has taken for granted.

MariaSubrosa49 also created this work to show how destructive our use of plastic is on the environment. Picture: Maria LostakMariaSubrosa49 also created this work to show how destructive our use of plastic is on the environment. Picture: Maria Lostak

Ally Ikutani said before coronavirus hit she was working constantly and always on the go but lockdown allowed her creative voice to come back to her when everything slowed down.

For the exhibition she wanted to showcase the things she rediscovered. She said: “I started to notice beautiful things around me. The orchids in the lounge flowered beautifully and cheered me up every day while I was finding the situation very hard.

Another work of Andrei's which will be on display. Picture: Andrei FalibogaAnother work of Andrei's which will be on display. Picture: Andrei Faliboga

“I went out for a daily walk to Wanstead Park and rediscovered my love for nature.”

The exhibition, which runs every day from 11am-4pm in The Loft area on level three, will also feature the work of Esther Ades, John Daniels, Rashmi Mistry, Katie Schreiber, Mandy Bal and Andrei Faliboga.


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