Ilford gallery to become Roman atrium for new exhibition

David Mirzoeff

Family textile workshop at Space Ilford - Credit: David Mirzoeff

An art gallery in Ilford is to be transformed into a Roman atrium for a new exhibition. 

Mammoth Loop, which opens at Space on October 9, will explore Ilford’s rich past, from the pre-historic mammoth skull discovered in 1864 through to Roman and Iron Age artefacts. 

It will feature large-scale quilted wall hangings made from embroidered pieces created by artist Cecilia Charlton. 

A number of family friendly textile workshops will run throughout the Mammoth Loop exhibition

A number of family friendly textile workshops will run throughout the Mammoth Loop exhibition - Credit: David Mirzoeff

These are the result of a series of textile workshops with a group of residents in the summer. 

Roman-style pillars, patterned wall friezes and a giant fabric mammoth head will also be on display. 


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Circular seating shaped like a fountain will sit under the gallery’s central glass dome, intended to create the effect of a light, spacious courtyard. 

The gallery will be running free drop-in textile workshops, suitable for adults and children, on a number of Saturdays throughout the exhibition. The workshops will run on October 30, November 20 and December 11. 

Space re-opened at the start of September, having been closed since the beginning of the pandemic.

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