Turf Gallery, Keeley Road, Croydon, CR0 1TF

(near Church St)

Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am-5pm 

Turf Projects presents ‘an exhibition of new work by Charlie Reed inspired by the River Wandle, from its source in Croydon to Wandsworth where it joins the River Thames. On foot and by bike, Charlie has explored the length of the river. The exhibition presents the relationship between the cyclical natural world and the expanding and changing environment of the city – focusing on the diverging and intercepting paths of the river and transport routes, the opposing relationship between concrete and the uncultivated natural world, and moments of beauty experienced by the artist in this urban landscape.

The flowing water of the river is a constant in the ever-changing environment it dissects. Its natural path has been diverted by man-made structures to accommodate the infrastructure of the city. The juxtaposition between nature and the constructed landscape is explored by the artist through painting, printmaking, collage and drawing.

Much of the work in the exhibition was made in situ or developed from drawings and studies created alongside the river from direct observation.’



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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