Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities

Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities

The Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities was the first of what we hope will be a number of artist created cabinets which explore place through its people and histories and the curious stories and places that are stored in the collective consciousness. The Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities explores this historical London borough through its people, folklore, history and mysteries.  During 2012 the Avant-Gardeners were out and about running workshops, leading walks, making short video and sound pieces, creating fanzines, prints and artists' products that explored these hidden histories with over 400 participants and curating them into the Cabinet of Curiosities

To help us uncover these hidden histories we collaborated with fellow explorers and seekers of curiosity who helped us to investigate the borough - from buried palaces to witch trials, lost orchards to hidden caverns. 

Some of the areas of interest and exploration that we comes across are documented on the ongoing Cabinet of Curiosities blog

An exhibition showing some of the work created and documentation of the project was held at the Greenwich Heritage Centre in Woolwich in December 2012. An adapted version of the exhibition will be on display in the Old Royal Naval College Tourist Information Centre 26 Feb to 24 March, 2013


Cabinet of Curiosities

Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities Disused deco era building in Woolwich Trees of Greenwich Park Greenwich Garden by Hilary Blackburn Naval College summer panorama Trolleys by Adelle Havard Summer workshop with Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities Saudi TV interview Avant-Gardener Watercolour challenge at East Greenwich Pleasaunce Designing the future of Greenwich Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities at Old Royal Naval College Mobile exhibition and discussion space Bunting created during summer workshops on display Installation shot of Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition Mood board at fanzine workshop Collages created by sixth form students polly leads a walk exploring the Naval College Making t-shirts Lantern workshops
artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation