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Open House Weekend

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st of September

Union Chapel opens up its doors as part of this annual, London wide event.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about this Victorian Gothic masterpiece completed in 1877 and to explore the labyrinthine corridors and rooms not usually open to the public. 

The theme for Open House 2014 is Revealing and this year we have chosen to reveal not only the building but also the creative talents within the Chapel Community. Members of Margins Homelessness Project’s Art Group, staff and volunteers will be contributing to an exhibition that aims to help showcase the physical space to visitors. The exhibition will be open throughout the weekend.

This will include a sound installation built using sounds, conversation and atmosphere collected from within Union Chapel in the week preceding Open House Weekend. All aspects of the chapel’s work will be included in this installation and on Sunday afternoon musicians will be improvising along with and in response to the finished work. 

Many people who regularly attend concerts at Union Chapel are completely unaware of the service and support that The Margins Project provides for people facing homelessness, crisis and isolation in the local community and beyond. The purpose of this installation is to aid interaction with those accessing the work of The Margins Project and the general public visiting the building during Open House Weekend. It also serves to increase public awareness of this important work.

Supported by the Arts Council England 
www.artscouncil.org.uk

Artist Joanna McCormick has been working in response to the fabric of the building, uncovering and inspired by hidden snippets and fragments from its original design, to compliment the soundscape produced by James Mabbett. She has worked on watercolour drawings that can be found hanging in the chapel as well as working directly on the wall in other areas of the space. More info on Joanna and her art practice can be found at: www.joart.info

 

Open House Saturday
10.30am – 5pm

Guided Tours
10.30am - 5pm

The Friends of Union Chapel will out in force, giving guided tours and answering your questions from 10.30am – 4pm.

Daylight Music
12noon - 3pm

The Daylight Music gang will be kicking off their autumn series in style with a specially extended gig. All the usual Daylight Music treats - bacon butties, tea and flapjacks will be available to purchase, with profits going to support Margins Homelessness Project.

Sound Installation by James Mabbett
3pm - 4pm 

A sound installation built using sounds, conversation and atmosphere collected from within Union Chapel in the week preceding Open House Weekend.

Whistle-Stop Tour of the Organ with William McVicker 
4pm - 5pm

This family friendly event will show how each part of our unique Henry Willis Organ works and the array of sounds it can produce.

 

Open House Sunday
12 noon – 5pm

Church Service
11am to 12noon 
The usual Sunday Church Service, to which all are welcome, noon. This will be followed by a BBQ.

Guided Tours
12noon - 5pm

Throughout the afternoon there will be regular guided tours of the Chapel with Andrew Gardener, the Church’s Heritage and Outreach Officer.

Sound Installation by James Mabbett
12 noon - 5pm

Musicians will improvise their live response, to a sound installation built using sounds, conversation and atmosphere collected from within Union Chapel in the week preceding Open House Weekend. Musicans will be located in spaces all around the Chapel.

The Sunday Sessions
2.30pm – 5pm

The Sunday Sessions lot will be putting on a special free edition of their fortnightly afternoon gigs. As ever this will feature some of London’s finest acoustic musicians in the relaxed setting of Union Chapel Bar.

 

James Mabbett