News from the chapel

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...

Volunteers needed to show art that matters to them

Volunteers needed to show art that matters to them

We are curating an exhibition of art selected from homes across Fitzrovia and are looking for volunteers to display their favourite pieces. With houses ranging from sumptuous residences to quirky apartments and family homes, the focus of the exhibition will be on reflecting people’s passion for design and questioning how art finds a place in our homes and lives. Set together in the chapel, these pieces will literally display the true diversity of the area, as well as referencing its historical, cultural and artistic roots. Throughout the summer, we will photograph residents in 50 households alongside a key piece of...

Celebrating International Nurses’ Day

If you are a nurse who used to be based at the former Middlesex Hospital, please join us on Wednesday 9 May at 14:30 for a glass of wine or soft drink. Saturday 12 May marks International Nurses’ Day, an annual occasion to celebrate nursing on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. In recognition of our strong ties with the former Middlesex Hospital and its nursing community, we will be dedicating our open day that week to this event as well as inviting those nurses in for a celebratory toast. We would also love you to create a...

Doris Lessing’s excerpts from The Golden Notebook

Nobel Prize-winner and political campaigner Doris Lessing was a novelist, playwright, poet, short story writer biographer and librettist. From 1958 to 1962, she lived in Fitzrovia, paying £5 a week in rent.   Come and listen to some of the words that made her reputation as one of the world’s most admired writers in our free Wireless Contemplation event. The event is on Friday 18 May at 13:00 at the chapel and everyone is welcome to attend.

Count the stars in our ceiling to win a prize

If you count the number of stars in our ceiling, how many do you see? To celebrate International Astronomy Day on 21 April, we’re inviting you to count our stars and win a bottle of Chapel Down, the sparkling wine to be served at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle this May. This is also the wine we offer at our weddings. You’ll need to come to our open day on Wednesday 18 or 25 April to do your counting. Or, of course, you take take a wild guess! Please let us know your answer by...