HB Reavis & Morley College London launch exhibition at Elizabeth House
HB Reavis, the international workspace provider, and Morley have launched their collaborative ‘Past, Present and Future of Waterloo’ art exhibition at Elizabeth House.
The project will transform the colonnade on York Road, underneath the 1960s building, into a public art gallery with displays of imagery, artwork and textiles, bringing the area surrounding Elizabeth House to life.
The first phase of the exhibition sees five colonnade pillars dressed with imagery taken by Morley students and Digital Media and Photography Programme Manager, Steve Mepsted. The works, named ‘Pillars of the Community’, showcase the history of the area and include images of local people who have helped shape the landscape of Waterloo. The series includes photographs of Giles Goddard, the Vicar of St Johns Church Waterloo; volunteers from the Waterloo Action Centre; Elaine Andrews, Learning Resources Centre Manager at Morley College; and historic archive imagery.
In addition, the ‘Past, Present and Future of Waterloo’ project will see a further collection of decorated columns popping up with mosaics, paintings, drawings and ceramics created by Morley students. The project aims to highlight the area’s rich heritage and create an enlivened space for those working, living in and visiting the area.
There is also a carefully curated window display installed at Elizabeth House, showcasing the work undertaken by textiles and jewellery students at the college. The display includes a range of pieces from Morley students.
The collaboration with Morley is part of HB Reavis’ shorter-term plans to activate the building and surrounding area, in advance of the longer-term plans to redevelop the site. In addition to enlivening York Road with public artwork, HB Reavis’ plans include the introduction of new retailers to add to the current offer. This includes welcoming the return of the much-loved café Love and Scandal, who were previously in Lower Marsh, as well as the expansion of other independent Waterloo-based enterprises: the Garden Shack, who specialise in selling indoor and outdoor plants, and a local coffee shop, Four Corners.
In addition, they welcome LLS Café, who offers healthy and ethically produced deli-style food; handmade doughnut specialist, Crosstown Doughnuts; and Pancs, who provide sweet and savoury handcrafted pancake-wraps.
Sara Robertson-Jonas, Head of School for Visual and Digital Arts:
Morley College London is delighted to partner with HB Reavis and have this opportunity to engage with the local neighbourhood and showcase the creativity of our students. We look forward to injecting new life into Elizabeth House through our partnership and bringing the work of our students to wider audiences.
HB Reavis purchased Elizabeth House in May 2017. They have since appointed Stirling Prize-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) as design partner, to bring forward fresh proposals for the site that focus on replacing the outdated existing building with new workspace and supporting the ambition of delivering approximately 13,000 new jobs for the area, as well as transforming the public space and pedestrian experience around the site.