Voices of the Winter Hearth

5 Nov 2015 – 3 Dec 2015

Event times

Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 6pm / Thursdays 6pm - 9pm

Cost of entry

Free entry

St John on Bethnal Green

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: 106, 388, D3, D6, 8, 309, 254
  • Tube: Bethnal Green - Central line
  • Train: Bethnal Green or Cambridge Heath

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Artistic explorations of winter in an age of superstition and folklore. An immersive exhibition showcasing work by a collective of London artists in the candlelit setting of a church belfry. Mixed media art including painting, drawings on wood and leather, textile art, graphic illustration and photography.


This immersive art exhibition explores the theme of winter in a time of folklore and superstition. Situated in the belfry of a Grade 1-listed church, it conjures the bleak yet beautiful landscape of winter, interspersed with archetypal images of myth and legend.

A re-imagining of this cold season through the minds of our ancestors, trying to make sense of their world gripped by the harshness of winter. The constant struggle for survival, aware of their own fragility and mortality. In the long, dark nights they would gather and tell stories around the hearthside - midwinter folktales fuelled by the imagined supernatural world around them.

Following the success of last year’s Tales from the Autumn House and curated by Joanna Vale, the project is brought to life by a collective of six London artists inspired by this evocative season. It showcases new work through the media of painting, drawings on wood and leather, textile art, collage, graphic illustration and photography, woven together with poetry inspired by Northern European folklore. In an immersive, candlelit setting you’ll be taken on a journey back to a wintertime seen through the imagination of our ancestors.



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