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Wildlife photography comes Out of the Grey at the Fitzrovia Chapel

Wildlife photography comes Out of the Grey at the Fitzrovia Chapel

Elephants of Amboseli, a trio of vultures poised on a branch, and a diminutive desert chameleon tiptoeing across the Namib sands form part of a new photography exhibition at the Fitzrovia Chapel. The April exhibition, Out of the Grey, features exquisite large-scale, black and white fine art images by London-based wildlife photographer Martin Sean. In breathtaking group shots and intimate, emotional close-ups, the show features images from Africa, Asia and both Polar regions. Martin’s portfolio has embraced both underwater photography and a wide range of nature and wildlife photography as he explores every corner of the globe. The ornate, baroque...

Chapel Grayson Perry portrait scoops top photography award

Chapel Grayson Perry portrait scoops top photography award

A portrait of the artist Grayson Perry which was exhibited at the chapel earlier this year has just been awarded a top photography award. Birth by Richard Ansett has been given the Sony Word Photography Award in the portrait category. The image will now go forward to the final and an exhibition at Somerset House in April. Richard Ansett’s Birth was presented as a huge lightbox lighting the chapel from its position on the altar. It reworked the motif of mother and child, focusing on Perry’s alter ego, Claire. Richard calls it ‘a vulgar appropriation for the 21st Century.’

Vintage wedding photos — the beauty of the imperfect

Vintage wedding photos — the beauty of the imperfect

The Vintage Weddings Photos Project arose when a social and historical researcher began unearthing the stories of people, place and culture behind the treasures of sepia-tinted photos in secondhand shops around the country. Project founder, Charlotte Sibtain, discovered just how many precious images are lying in boxes and stock rooms and was determined to tell their history and perhaps even return them to their families. Her pre-Photoshop pictures depict wedding days in all their fabulous variety: the stiffness, the sometimes strangeness, the beauty of the imperfect. Love Lost and Found exhibition Between 15 and 17 February, Charlotte brings some of...

Love is lost and found at the Fitzrovia Chapel this  Valentine’s Day

Love is lost and found at the Fitzrovia Chapel this Valentine’s Day

Love stories from the early 20th Century to the late 1960s will be celebrated at the Fitzrovia Chapel this Valentine’s Day, as part of an ambitious international project to reunite them with their families and descendants. The February exhibition (15 to 17 February, 11:00 to 16:00) called Love Lost and Found features exquisite original wedding photographs from the popular Vintage Wedding Photos project. Visitors will be be encouraged to play detective, leaving thoughts about the origins of the photographs. A media campaign aimed at reuniting the images in the show with their families will be run in parallel with the...

Grayson Perry to unveil ‘impious’ portrait at Fitzrovia Chapel

Grayson Perry to unveil ‘impious’ portrait at Fitzrovia Chapel

Artist Grayson Perry will unveil an ‘iconic and iconoclastic’ portrait of himself at the Fitzrovia Chapel, part of an exhibition running at the end of January. Presented as a dramatic lightbox illuminating the secular, baroque chapel from its ‘impious’ placement on the altar, the portrait reworks the motif of mother and child. Conceived by renowned photographer Richard Ansett, it focuses on Perry’s alter ego, Claire. It balances the influence of centuries of art history with high- camp photographic parody, a vulgar appropriation for the 21st Century. Ansett and Perry Ansett met Perry for the first time in 2013 at the...

Come visit our dwelling at the chapel this November

Come visit our dwelling at the chapel this November

This November, join us as we explore ideas about beauty, attachment and design in our second exhibition, Dwelling. With works and images gathered from homes, hotels, the BT Tower, the Indian YMCA and nooks and crannies all across Fitzrovia, the show will be a fascinating study of the objects which sit in our hearts as well as on our mantlepieces. Dwelling runs from 14 to 28 November and includes a series of free talks on topics including art criticism, ritual and reclaiming spaces.

The chapel is open during Open House London

The chapel is open during Open House London

This September, there is an extra opportunity to visit the Fitzrovia Chapel as we are taking part in Open House London. Open House London, 22 to 23 September 2018, is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to more than 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. The chapel is once again opening its doors during this event and will be available to visit between 10:00 and 17:00 on Sunday 23 September only. Entrance is free. Please turn up in plenty of time as the building is a popular part of the...

Watching the birds fly in the chapel

Watching the birds fly in the chapel

The stories of author Daphne du Maurier rarely have a happy ending and were described as ‘moody and resonant’ with overtones of the paranormal. In this our free September Wireless Contemplation audio event, we celebrate perhaps the darkest of all her tales, The Birds. This short story was made famous by Hitchcock in his 1963 horror-thriller film. Although she spent much of her life in Cornwall, du Maurier met her husband while he was living in Fitzrovia. The event details We will be holding our Wireless Contemplation event featuring The Birds on Friday 14 September at 13:00 in the chapel....

Meet Jack Monroe at the chapel in August

Meet Jack Monroe at the chapel in August

We are delighted to invite you to an evening with Jack Monroe at the chapel in August. Campaigner, food writer and activist Jack,will be interviewed by writer Kerry Hudson on the evening of publication of their third book Cooking on a Bootstrap. Jack will be talking about politics, activism and cooking. What does it mean to feed your body and mind through food that doesn’t cost a fortune? Tickets are £5, or £15.99 including a copy of Cooking on a Bootstrap. Jack will be signing copies after the event. Event details The event is on Thursday 23 August at 18:30 at the...

Remembering Peter Sellers on his anniversary

Remembering Peter Sellers on his anniversary

‘The day he died it seemed like the whole country came to a stop. Everywhere you went the fact that Peter had died seemed like an umbrella over everything.’ – Burt Kwouk ‘I remember his two children eating in the staff dining room at night and how we all respected their need for privacy and just felt heartbroken for them.’ – Jacqui, nurse at the former Middlesex Hospital I had just received my acceptance letter from the Middlesex when he died. I remember being so proud that soon-to-be colleagues had worked so hard to save him.’ – Sarah, nurse Actor,...

Concerts for an AIDS memorial

Concerts for an AIDS memorial

Concerts are being held at the chapel in July as part of a campaign to raise money for a memorial to people who have died from AIDS and HIV-related illnesses. The events, run by Aids Memory UK, will include members of Ixion Ensemble, Michael Finnissy and Neil Georgeson. There will be two string quartets, piano pieces and an interview with the composer Dr Joseph Sonnabend. You can book tickets online for both days: Saturday 7 July https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/London/Fitzrovia-Chapel/AIDSMemoryUK-Presents-Music-by-Dr-Joseph-Sonnabend/13246677/ Sunday 8 July https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/London/Fitzrovia-Chapel/AIDSMemoryUK-Presents-Michael-Finnissy-/13246678/

Visit Big Brother at the chapel in June

Visit Big Brother at the chapel in June

Big Brother looms as large in our lives as he did in 1949 when George Orwell introduced him to the world in the novel 1984. With a history of bannings and court challenges, the book still deserves its iconic and provocative reputation. Come and hear the slogans, the Newspeak, the fiction turned fact in this dramatised version. Of course, Orwell featured heavily in the life of Fitzrovia and remains a mighty figure in our cultural history. Event details The event is on Friday 29 June at 13:00 at the chapel. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend...