Art Tour

Raw Materials: Plastics Tour with Steering Group Member

18 May 2019

Event times

3-4pm

Cost of entry

Free

Nunnery Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • 205
  • Bow Road (Hammersmith & City, District lines)
  • Bow Church (DLR)

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Join us at the Nunnery Gallery for a free tour of the heritage exhibition Raw Materials: Plastics, led by a member of the project’s community steering group.

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Come along for a guided tour of the Raw Materials exhibition, exploring the forgotten industrial history of plastics in east London. Find out how the very first man-made plastic was invented in Hackney Wick in the 1860s and trace the history of plastics’ development and manufacture in east London. Discover little-known stories behind a fascinating collection of objects, from ‘parkesine’ (an early Victorian plastic) billiard balls to imitation shark-skin or 'shagreen' trinket boxes, together with newly commissioned work from resident designer/maker Peter Marigold and resident artist Frances Scott.

FREE, just turn up at 3pm

Raw Materials explores the forgotten industrial history of plastic in east London around the River Lea. The exhibition reveals the story of east London's central role in the invention and early development of plastics, showcasing some of the very first plastic objects alongside newly commissioned artwork which tell the story of this material’s remarkable journey. Read more about the exhibition here.

Raw Materials: Plastics has been made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the project’s academic partner UCL.

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