Sam NightingaleExhibition

A selection from the on going series Forgotten Futures: modernist architecture of the british seaside town will be on show at Bouyant, Gallery 40, Brighton, from 27 – 31 August 2013 (11 to 5)
Private View: Monday 26th August 6 – 9
Closing 31 August till 9pm

More cinema walks – past, present and future

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Islington Cinemas Walks

Throughout the year Sam Nightingale conducts a number of artist-led cinema walks around the historic sites of Islington’s former cinemas and picture palaces. 

The walks are a great opportunity to learn both about the history of the countless cinemas that dotted Islington’s streets but also to look beyond the contemporary cityscape to discover the rich history that can be found below its surface.

In snowy February a brave crowd of cinema sleuths joined Sam Nightingale to walk the length of Holloway Road in search of the spectral traces of the road’s cinematic past. Sam will once again be conducting this artist-led cinema walk on Saturday 8th of June 2013.

In Search of Holloway’s Lost Cinemas
– an illuminating journey into local cinema history

Holloway Arts Festival: Artist-led cinema walk
8 June 2013: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

But if you are interested in participating in the walk please join the waiting list

These walks are extremely popular and tend to book-up very quickly but if you would like to join the mailing list to be notified about the next walk, you can do so here.

Book: Born and Bread – Stories of Holloway Road

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Some of the stories and histories that are included in the Islington’s Lost Cinemas archive have been contributed to a new book called Born and Bread – Stories of Holloway Road.

The book is part of an oral history project that focuses on the cultural heritage of Holloway Road in Islington and has been initiated by the arts charity Rowan Arts and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Born and Bread project website can be found here.

Photo credit: Dylan Collard.

Cabinet Exhibition

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The sculptural installation Film, which references the 19th century pre-cinema viewing device the Kinetoscope, will be shown as part of Cabinet Exhibition, taking place at Islington’s Arts Factory 15-21 September 2012.

Cabinet Exhibition is a group show that presents the work of forty international emerging artists from over ten different countries. Based on the concept of the early modern ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, this exhibition draws together painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and other more contemporary practices, all arranged in a unconventional display. The result is a sort of arrhythmic mosaic intended to present a panoramic view of art production today.

Private View: Friday 14 September (7pm-9pm)
Islington’s Arts Factory
2 Parkhurst Road
N7 0SF

Launched: Islington’s Lost Cinemas Online Archive

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islingtons lost cinemas website

The first stage of an ambitious cultural heritage website ( that charts and celebrates the history of cinemas in Islington has been launched to coincide with Sam Nightingale’s exhibition at A Brooks Art in London.

Islington’s Lost Cinemas is a project that unearths, collects, and illuminates the multiple histories and present-day realities of Islington’s cinematic past; and the online archive that Nightingale is developing brings the cinematic past of the Islington into focus through contemporary photography, the archive, and the voice of the local community.

The Islington’s Lost Cinemas website combines contemporary images and archive images, moving-image history and the reminiscences of Islington’s own community (through the invitation for those who remember the cinemas to contribute stories and photographs of the cinemas) to provide a fascinating resource that enlivens the history of cinema and its architecture in Islington.

This first stage of the website goes back to the very roots of film by highlighting a number of the older cinemas in the Borough; one detailed entry on the website concerns the Variety Picture Palace – a type of cinema commonly known as a ‘penny gaff’ – which opened in a shop front on Caledonian Road in 1909. Other entries bring to life what a challenge running a local cinema in the 1920s and 30s was for many, a desperation that is echoed in the words of Elias Cohen – the last owner of the Copenhagen Cinema – which describe the implications of having to install sound equipment in the cinema in 1931.

Over the coming months information on the other cinemas will be added to the website and hopefully visitors to the site will also contribute their own stories, information and photographs. Nightingale suggests the resource is not about presenting a static history of something long-gone but rather that the website should become a growing living archive that can hold something of the social and cultural history of cinema in Islington.

If you or someone you know remembers Islington’s old cinemas, please get in touch at: