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© Carla Wright

Make Use
Carla Wright ‧ 2014

A history of alternative housing in the Caledonian area gathered through walking, conversation, and making with former squatters and local residents, including a residency at West Library. The resultant booklet, published by AIR, was realised with the support of Arts Council England.

walking
AIR
housing
2010s
fine art
2014
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Cally Colour Chart suggestion from Robert Blair Primary School

Cally Colour Chart
Phil Coy ‧ 2016

A lightwork of over two hundred hues selected and named by local people illuminates the underside of local landmark Cally bridge. A permanent artwork commissioned by Islington Council with funding from Transport for London. 

light
2010s
fine art
2016
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© Rayna Nadeem

The Diary of a King's Cross Rose
Rayna Nadeem ‧ 1997

Hi 8 video and stills documentation of unpleasant scenarios experienced or witnessed by the artist over a year while living near York Way. King’s Cross was previously known as Vale Royal, also the name of an English rose. Each of the twelve characters are given the name of a rose.

Vale Royal
1990s
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©Lou Macnamara

Silent Footnotes
Tilly Fowler and Anna Hart ‧ 2011

A twelve hour silent walking of the neighbourhoods of King’s Cross on 4 May 2016. Beginning in Granary Square at 8am, it passed through twenty-one times on a route of five repeated loops through Maiden Lane, Somers Town, The Cally, Argyle Square and the fringes of Pentonville. Over the twelve hours, fifty-four of AIRs colleagues, associate artists, students, friends, neighbours, and interested strangers walked in shared silence.

walking
Tilly Fowler
Anna Hart
2010s
2016
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© Mark Newell

Cross Country (the final bend)
Mark Newell ‧ 2005

Self-portrait taken in the Euro Tunnel, just before the portal as it surfaces into the Kings Cross Railway Lands, before they laid down the tracks. Newell ran up and down the tunnel for hours in the middle of the night to create the image. 

photography
Mark Newell
Railway Lands
2005
2000s
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Installation view © AIR

You Can See Them Coming From Both Directions
Margot Bannerman ‧ 2013

Audio of birdsong and sweeping are placed with photographic images highlighting how the resonances of specific spaces can appear both epic and unremarkable. The work was made in response to walking and talking with Jimmy, a caretaker, who has lived and worked in the Bemerton Estate for thirty years. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

maintenance
walking
AIR
nature
Margot Bannerman
sound
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
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Film still © Magda Fabianczyk

Retell Rewrite Reclaim
Magda Fabianczyk ‧ 2013

Three videos exploring the relationship between physical transformation of places and transformation within ourselves. Magda collaborated with local resident Lacey-Jay Barham whose poems form the voiceovers. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

Magda Fabianczyk
AIR
film
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
fine art
CSM Alumni
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© George Padmore Institute

The Keskidee
Alan Dein ‧ 2009

Radio documentary about Britain's first African and Afro-Carribean arts and cultural centre, the Keskidee Centre (1971-1991) describing the social and educational activities inlcuding artists in residence, theatre productions, and the library. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Linton Kwesi Johnson
Alan Dein
audio
2009
2000s
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© AIR

Cally Calls
Curator: Anna Hart, Artists: Giles Bailey, Margot Bannerman, John Costi, Ruth Ewan, Magda Fabianczyk, Tilly Fowler, Lee Milne ‧ 2013

Artists were paired with locals – postman, retired solicitor, unemployed young woman, playworker, pensioners group, caretaker, cafe owner – to walk and talk the Cally and make artworks considering how place is defined by the lives lived there. An AIR collaboration with Team Cally funded by Creativeworks. 

writing
Lee Milne
walking
Magda Fabianczyk
Tilly Fowler
John Costi
AIR
Ruth Ewan
Giles Bailey
identity
exhibition
film
Anna Hart
Margot Bannerman
2013
2010s
fine art
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© LKJ Records

Voices of the Living and the Dead
Linton Kwesi Johnson ‧ 1974

A reading from Kwesi Johnson's first published collection of reggae poems Voices of the Living and the Dead at the Keskidee Centre where he was librarian. Produced by Jamaican novelist Lindsay Barrett, with music by Rasta Love reggae group.

Keskidee Centre
poetry
Linton Kwesi Johnson
1970s
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screengrab from Youtube (Is This Love by Bob Marley and the Wailers)

Is This Love
Bob Marley ‧ 1978

This music video for Is This Love was filmed at the former Keskidee Centre, Britain’s first African and Afro-Caribbean arts centre. Marley walks down Gifford Street with a group of children, including Naomi Campbell, and joins them singing, dancing and playing party games.

Keskidee Centre
film
1970s
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Drawing detail © Nancy Jackson

Occupy Cally
Nancy Jackson ‧ 2015

A final year project from CSM BA Architecture developed through close analysis of existing patterns of loitering on the Caledonian Road. The proposal for a community living room on the high street includes an amphitheatre, an elevated structure and a market hall. 

architecture
CSM
drawing
student project
2010s
2015
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© Stuart Brisley

The Georgiana Collection
Stuart Brisley ‧ 1979-86

A fictitious art institution taking the street where Brisley lived as its subject through photography, performance, video, tape/slide, sound, installation and sculpture. Exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery in 1987.

Stuart Brisley
1980s
fine art
1970s
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Drawing detail © Luiz Conceicao

Collaborative Cally
Luiz Conceicao ‧ 2015

A final year CSM BA architecture project developing  a new sharing network of local skills. Currently vacant corner shops along the Caledonian Road are proposed as centres for different specialisms – technology, education, daily-services, homeware and wellness.

architecture
CSM
drawing
student project
2010s
2015
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© Lee Milne

33, 306, 366, 265
Lee Milne ‧ 2013

A series of Cally logos recalling Frost’s Sweet Shop, Buffalo Club & Institute, Barclays Bank, and the Watermelon Emporium/Mrs Betty Jarrett Wardrobe Director. During Cally Calls and Cally Festival local traders used paper bags stamped with these logos. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

Lee Milne
AIR
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
fine art
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Installation view © AIR

Bleeding Lingo
John Costi ‧ 2013

An installation with Costi's 'Ralphy' clothes collection, gang logo painting, Wikipedia extracts and film connecting the street subcultures of the Lo-Life’s of Brooklyn, New York, and the Cally Bangers of Islington. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

John Costi
AIR
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
fine art
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© Rob Grieg

Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club
Ooze (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrč ‧ 2015-17

A natural freshwater swimming pond surrounded by wild flowers and building sites in the King’s Cross Estate commissioned for the RELAY programme. The water is purified through a closed-loop process using wetland and submerged water plants. 

architecture
nature
RELAY
Ooze
Marjetica Potrč
2010s
fine art
2015
2016
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© www.diariodesign.com

Relay
Michael Pinsky and Stéphanie Delcroix ‧ 2013

A programme of commissions for the King’s Cross Art Programme. Launching with IFO by Jacques Rival, followed by Across the Buildings by Felice Varini and Black Maria by Richard Wentworth. The final commission is King's Cross Pond Club by Marjetica Potrc with Ooze.

sculpture
Argent
light
nature
pond
RELAY
Richard Wentworth
Ooze
Marjetica Potrč
2013
2010s
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© KX Railway Lands

Towards a People's Plan
KX Railway Lands Group ‧ 1990

King's Cross Railway Lands were a campaign group of activists, academics and local people who proposed redevelopement led by low cost housing as an alternative to London Regeneration Consortium's plan for a channel train terminal and massive office development at King's Cross.

housing
Railway Lands
publication
1990
1990s
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© Käthe Strenitz

Camley Street and Gas Holders
Käthe Strenitz ‧ c1960

Strenitz' husband owned a plastics factory north of King's Cross whose interior as well as the surrounding industrial landscape she made the subject of many paintings and engravings. 

painting
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© AIR

Wonted Way
Tilly Fowler ‧ 2013

A wooden stile for an ‘inconvenient’ railing blocking access to the estates behind York Way  which is clambered over by locals. The stile was made in response to conversations with local playworker Merveil Banuatu about how young people negotiate physical and social boundaries in the Cally. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

sculpture
Tilly Fowler
AIR
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
fine art
CSM Alumni
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© Stephen White

Mmm...
Michael Clark ‧ 1992

A version of Michael Clark's Modern Masterpiece concieved for a derelict warehouse on the railway lands. Costume design by Leigh Bowery (who also performed as did Clark's mother Bessie), lighting design by Charles Atlas. Music included Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring), Sex Pistols, T Rex.

dance
Leigh Bowery
Artangel
performance
1992
1990s
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© Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sustaining the Crisis
Sam Taylor-Johnson ‧ 1997

Dual screen 16mm projection with one screen showing actress Amanda Ooms walking down York Way topless, and the other a close up of a man's breathing heavily.

film
fine art
1990s
Tolpuddlemural

© Ruth Miller

Tolpuddle Martyrs Mural
Dave Bangs ‧ 1984

Mural with portraits of local people commemorating 1834 Trade Union Rally in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of agricultural labourers and early trades unionists who were deported to Australia. The rally began in Copenhagen Fields (now Caledonian Park).

mural
painting
1984
Dave Bangs
1980s
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© Joann Hong

King's Cross Brick Pendant
Joann Hong ‧ 2014

Pendants made with red brick rubble from a demolished building on the former Railway Lands are designed as mementos representing a transient experience of London for students leaving after the end of their studies. A final year CSM BA Jewellery project.  

CSM
student project
2010s
2014
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© Adeeb Ashfaq

Work no. 24: what we talk about, when we talk about going to art school
Adeeb Ashfaq with Housmans ‧ 2015

Ashfaq hosted Housmans bookshop at Central Saint Martins as his BA Fine Art degree show, creating a space for commercial and financial exchange, happenings, and discussions around art pedagogy, feminism, and the nature of self-organising. Contributers included Nils Norman, Rosalie Schweiker, Anthony Davies, Iain Boal, Howard Slater, Mostafaa Rajaai. 

2010s
fine art
2015
Kings cross goods yard 1937

© Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council

Untitled
Francis Griffen ‧ 1937

View of King’s Cross Goods Yard.

painting
fine art
1930s
King s cross central editathon

©Ross and Nguyen

Authoring King's Cross
Chi Nguyen and Rebecca Ross ‧ 2014

People living and working in the area were invited to collectively analyse and edit the Wikipedia page for King's Cross Central, opening up a conversation around the 'interactions between text-based and in-depth in-person knowledge of a contested urban regeneration site' (Ross 2014). Part of CSM's Contested Spaces forum in 2014.

2010s
2014
Rebecca Ross
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© National Railway Museum Pictorial Collection

The Granary at King's Cross
Lewis Cubitt ‧ 1851

Watercolour painting showing barges being loaded and unloaded in front of the Granary Building and adjacent warehouse buildings, railway tracks and transit sheds. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

painting
fine art
1800s
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© Katherine Midgley

Junction Consortium Artist Walks
Rebecca Birch, Tanya Loi, Katherine Midgley, Simon Faithfull ‧ 2012

A series of artist walks commissioned by Junction Consortium: And the days run away by Rebecca Birch, Thomas Percival Harefield And The Golden Rectangle by Tanya Loi, Beneath Your Feet by Katherine Midgley, King’s Cross: A Pictorial Guide (Unreliable) by Simon Faithfull.

walking
2012
audio
2010s
fine art
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©AIR

King's Cross Walking Club
Tilly Fowler and Anna Hart ‧ 2015-16

A year-long weekly walking club, every Thursday 1.05-1.55pm. Meeting under, leaving from, and returning to, the square trees in Granary Square. The walks are devised to get to know the streets of King's Cross by repeatedly walking them, connecting across it, through it, tracking the seasons and the neighbourhood change. The walking club explores walking in silence and walking in conversation. An AIR associated work.

walking
Tilly Fowler
AIR
Anna Hart
2010s
2015
2016
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© Catherine Dixon

Vale Royal
Aiden Dun ‧ 1995

An epic poem in seven hundred triads exploring the valley of the lost Fleet river and the mysteries of King's Cross. First recited at the Albert Hall. 

poetry
Vale Royal
1995
1990s
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© Sam Blunden

Unannounced Acts of Publicness
Curated by Tilly Fowler, Anna Hart, Dean Kenning ‧ 2015

Ten artworks, made in response to conditions of publicness in Granary Square, appear unannounced with permissions negotiated on a basis of trust with the landlord. The audience is anyone present, encountering the works as part of their everyday life. As each day passes nothing of the act remains in the square. An AIR project.

sculpture
AIR
Unannounced Acts
music
Anna Hart
Margot Bannerman
performance
Jo Scandrett
Siobhan Davies
Matthias Sperling
Hassen Rasool
Dean Kenning
Shaun Doyle
Mally Mallinson
Frances Scott
Leo Chadburn
Ruth Maclennan
Matt Lewis
2010s
Alex Schady
fine art
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

The Star and the Glow-worm
Frances Scott and Leo Chadburn ‧ 2015

Five people sing a dawn chorus through the early ‘magic hour’. Each of the nine stanzas of William Wordsworth’s The Pilgrim's Dream; or, The Star and the Glow-worm (1818), is sung from a different place in the square. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
music
Frances Scott
Leo Chadburn
2010s
fine art
2015
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© AIR

Five Announcements
Anna Hart and Hassen Rasool ‧ 2015

An ‘adhan’, the muslim call to prayer, is broadcast live from the roof of the Granary Building at 04.00, 13.00, 18.30, 20.45 and 22.00. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
music
Anna Hart
performance
Hassen Rasool
2010s
fine art
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

Slender Human Islands
Ruth Maclennan ‧ 2015

Over twelve hours thirty-six readers read aloud in Granary Square from books about, or set in, London, describing moments in the history of modernity, and voices disempowered by its physical and technological transformations. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
Ruth Maclennan
2010s
fine art
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

Music for Hearing Aids
Matt Lewis ‧ 2015

Seven people enter the square carrying speakers emitting slowly changing tones, beeps and blips, which combine to create shifting chords and melodies as the performers move around in a choreographed sequence. A collaboration with SENSE members and part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
music
sound
Matt Lewis
2010s
fine art
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

Ball Games
Alex Schady ‧ 2015

A gigantic ball is rolled into Granary Square and through the fountains by small masked childrens accompanied by a man with a silver ball for a head. They ignore their audience, pointing and shouting at the ball, eventually abandoning it in the fountains and disappearing. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

sculpture
AIR
Unannounced Acts
performance
2010s
Alex Schady
fine art
2015
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© AIR

I'll Pick You Up After Lunch
Georgia Gendall and Jo Scandrett ‧ 2015

The artists invite patrolling security to tip thousands of orange ping-pong balls into the square. Over a twelve hour 'shift' the balls are tipped out three times. Each time those that are not gathered by passers-by are picked up one by one by the artists. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
performance
Jo Scandrett
2010s
fine art
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

Samsh the State
Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson ‧ 2015

A lifesize pointing figure is seemingy abandoned nearby a plaster female torso sitting on a bench. Later they are joined by two speakers who relate a tale of idolatry and iconoclasm stretching across the centrues and across the globe. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
Shaun Doyle
Mally Mallinson
2010s
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

Bioluminesence
Margot Bannerman ‧ 2015

Seven cyclists move in slightly wayward patterns across the square just before sunet; following pedestrians and cyclists, weaving in and out of the trees, meandering through the fountains, filing out of the square in a line and then returning to do it all again. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

AIR
Unannounced Acts
Margot Bannerman
performance
2010s
fine art
2015
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© Cairi Jacks

Plant Walk
Cairi Jacks ‧ 2015

An artist's book that emerged from repeated walks through King's Cross in different seasons. Illustrations of plants found on the Regents Canal sit alongside the transcription of a walking conversation with herbalist Jonathon Church. A final year CSM BA Fine Art project. 

writing
walking
CSM
nature
drawing
student project
publication
2010s
fine art
2015
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© AIR

To Hand in Granary Square
Siobhan Davies and Matthias Sperling ‧ 2015

A lone performer traces a path across the square. Lifting arms and legs one at a time, balancing on clear plastic pots, he hovers above the hard surface whilst casually discussing with passers-by the complex collection of decisions made to navigate his path. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

dance
AIR
Unannounced Acts
performance
Siobhan Davies
Matthias Sperling
2010s
2015
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© Antonio Sansica

Building the Fetish
Dean Kenning ‧ 2015

A model of the Kings Cross Development is constructed over a day with earth from the adjoinging construction site. Six 'builders' (in bright green t-shirts with ‘value’ printed on) converse with passers-by explaining their calculations that decide the height of each mud tower. It is demolished at dusk. Part of AIR's Unannounced Acts of Publicness.

sculpture
AIR
Unannounced Acts
Dean Kenning
2010s
fine art
2015
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Installation view © AIR

The Last Day of the Railway Lands
Giles Bailey ‧ 2013

A novel-in-progress, set in a place rather like the Cally twenty-five years after excavations for a vast underground international train terminal have collapsed taking the stations and housing communities with it, written in response to conversation with a retired solicitor and local resident. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

writing
AIR
Giles Bailey
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
fine art
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© Niels Braun, Adam Csoka, Opashona Ghosh, Edgar Ospina

We Work for You!
Niels Braun, Adam Csoka, Opashona Ghosh, Edgar Ospina ‧ 2014

A proposal for a Camden Council's Environmental Services feedback system with an associated advertising campaign to communicate the work of the service, researched through working with the street team. An MA Communication Design student live project.

maintenance
CSM
student project
2010s
2014
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© Peter Barker

Undressing Icons (Looking for Langston)
Isaac Julien ‧ 1990

Twenty performers reenact scenes from Julien's film Looking For Langston (1989) in a series of impressionistic tableaux in the streets behind King's Cross station with projections and dancing. Comissioned for Edge 90 with support from GLC, LB Camden, Projects UK.

identity
performance
Edge 90
1990
St Martins alumni
fine art
1990s
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©Mir Gwilliam-Parkes

N1C
Mir Gwilliam-Parkes ‧ 2013

An ongoing project begun while studying BA Fine Art at CSM, documenting the regeneration of King's Cross by capturing changing views of the landscape that evolve and vanish during redevelopment.

regeneration
CSM
photography
student project
2013
2010s
fine art
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© Ria Pacquée

Return of the Witness
Ria Pacquée ‧ 2010

A street level video portrait of King’s Cross made in response to the development of the King's Cross Estate. Commissioned for Junction by Camden Arts Centre.

2010
Camden Arts Centre
2010s
fine art
Junction
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© Angela Ingliss

Railway Lands
Angela Ingliss ‧ 2007

Collection of photographs by photographer and long-term local resident Angela Inglis, documenting the changing landscape of King's Cross. Published by Troubadour.

2007
photography
Railway Lands
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© Richard Wentworth

An Area of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty
Richard Wentworth ‧ 2002

Wentworth, a King's Cross resident for the last fifty years, installed maps, a periscope and ping pong tables in a vacated plumbing shop on York Way, and devised a programme of walks, workshops, talks, screenings and tournaments to explore the shifting nature of the city. An Artangel commission. 

Artangel
Richard Wentworth
fine art
2000s
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© Richard Wentworth

Making Do and Getting By
Ben Campkin, Nahoko Kudo, Richard Wentworth ‧ 2003

Nahoko Kudo and Ben Campkin made a series of black and white computer drawings based on Richard Wentworth's photographs of King's Cross. Shown as part of An Area of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty. 

drawing
Richard Wentworth
fine art
2000s
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© Mark Titchener

Not for Self but for All
Mark Titchener ‧ 2014

Lightwork on LB Camden's new headquarters reinterpreting the borough's historic motto 'Non Sibi Sed Toti'. 

St Martins alumni
2010s
fine art
2014
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© Alex Gerry

Beautiful Bend
Donald Urquhart, Sheila Tequila, DJ Harvey ‧ 1993-95

A regular club night at Central Station (1993-5). The basement was transformed each time by Urquhart with poems, drawings and short stories reponding to the chosen theme (eg. My Daughter’s Wedding Turned Out To Be A Terrible Disappointment, Lady Blows the Singhs). 

Leigh Bowery
poetry
installation
Donald Urquhart
performance
1990s
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© National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

Going North: King's Cross Station, London
George Earl ‧ 1893

One of a pair of paintings depicting station scenes – King's Cross (Going North) and Perth (Going South) – celebrations of prosperity, privilege, and the romance of train travel, with detailed attention to travel fashion and paraphanalia.

painting
fine art
1800s
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© Mark Newell

Culross Buildings Break-in
Mark Newell ‧ 2005

Speculative survey for sash window repairs made over a week living in the boarded up Culross Buildings which were under a demolition order by the King's Cross Estate. The work included charcoal wall drawings inspired by William Faulkner's As I lay dying.

photography
Mark Newell
2005
2000s
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Film still ©Schady and Kedar

Rulers
Hadas Kedar and Alex Schady with students at South Camden Community School. ‧ 2011

A series of films based on a text chosen from William Golding's novel The Lord of the Flies. The source of the text was not revealed to the students until after the filming was complete and the resulting films are a reflection of the students individual interpretations of the text, produced in collaboration with Schady and Kedar.  Part of Junction, Camden Arts Centre.

Camden Arts Centre
film
2010s
Alex Schady
fine art
Junction
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Image credit unknown

Left Luggage
Cornelia Parker ‧ 1989

As a train departs handkerchiefs attached with strings to old-fashioned suitcases on the platform are pulled with it and the artwork is ‘destroyed’. Left Luggage was the opening performance at the Edge 90 festival.

stations
Cornelia Parker
installation
Edge 90
1980s
fine art
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© Nicky Bamber

Walls on Walls
Laurie Nouchka and Tullis Rennie ‧ 2015

Murals with accompanying soundworks made in response to community oral history, reflecting how old and new co-exist within the everyday. Two works in King's Cross as part of a wider series across Camden. 

mural
oral history
2010s
2015
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film still by unknown photographer

High Hopes
Mike Leigh ‧ 1988

A comedy feature film focusing on a motor-cycle courier and his girlfriend living in the former Stanley Buildings in King's Cross. The plot includes their problems with 'yuppies' moving into the neighbourhood and outpricing them.

gentrification
film
1980s
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© Ellie Reid

Shift
Ellie Reid ‧ 2009

A series of sculptures and films made during a sixth month residency on the Kings Cross regeneration sites and exhibited in the German Gymnasium before its renovation. The residency was a partnership project by Arts Council England and Argent. 

sculpture
Argent
regeneration
exhibition
installation
2009
fine art
2000s
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© BFI

Somers Town
Richard Broad and Sue Crockford ‧ 1984

A documentary relating the St Pancras Housing Association’s pioneering approach to slum clearance including the building of high quality social housing to rehouse every person locally, Father Jellicoe and his colleagues' careful approach to rent collection, and annual outings and pantomines.    

1984
housing
documentary
film
1980s
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film still by unknown photographer

Somers Town
Shane Meadows ‧ 2008

A film about two teenage friends in Somers Town. The father of one is working on the new Channel Tunnel rail link. They both fancy the same girl and the film follows their bickering over who loves her the most. The film was funded by Eurostar.

film
2000s
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© London Mural Preservation Society

History of Somers Town Mural
Karen Gregory ‧ 1984

Mural shows view from old Somers Town over industrial Victorian London, Fleet river and St Pancras Church. It features famous residents Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, and local people who fought for the mural's rennovation and move to current location in 2007. Funded by the GLC, LB Camden, Arts Council.

mural
painting
1984
1980s
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© Cornelia Marland

Jim Geddes
Cornelia Marland ‧ 2015

Marland makes visible the life and work of long-term Caledonian Road resident Jim Geddes (1932-2009). The project includes film, ceramics workshops, and an exhibition (at former KC Continental Deli next door to where Geddes lived) exploring his sculptures, paintings and textiles.

exhibition
film
2010s
2015
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© Museum of London

From Pentonville Road looking west: evening
John O'Connor ‧ 1884

Oil on canvas. St Pancras seen from Penonville Road with the Welsh Congregational Church on the left, St. James's Church on the right, and the Lighthouse Building below, with the dome of University College in the distance. Street figures include a policeman, a postman and sandwich-board men. 

painting
cityscape
fine art
1800s
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© Sarah Weal

Nations of the Cross
Alan Dein ‧ 2009

Two-part radio programme relating stories of lives lived around London's King's Cross station through interviews, further to the oral history project King's Cross Voices.  Broadcast by BBC Radio 4.

oral history
Alan Dein
audio
2009
2000s
Screen shot 2016 03 23 at 18.39.22

© Mark Newell

Emperor Awoken /self portrait
Mark Newell ‧ 2006

Self-portrait taken in St Pancras undercroft where the passport control for the Eurostar is now, and where there was once a Roman camp. Newell took sitework as a carpenter to gain access. 

photography
Mark Newell
2006
2000s
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Installation view © AIR

5 Caledonian Road, N1
Ruth Ewan ‧ 2013

A postal artwork of seven daily packages containing audio, object and text piecing together a history of Housmans Bookshop on the Caledonian Road where postwar British pacifism and radicalism have persisted and thrived, whilst the might of developers and multinationals have been resisted. Part of AIR's Cally Calls.

AIR
Ruth Ewan
Cally Calls
2013
2010s
fine art
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© BFI

Paradox City
directed by: Gerald E. Belmont and Leonard A. Day ‧ 1934

A social critique juxtaposing shots of slum dwellings with homes of the wealthy, reminiscent of 1920's Soviet filmmaker techniques. Commissioned by St. Pancras House Improvement Society

housing
documentary
film
1930s
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© Wellcome Trust

View of the Great Dustheap at King's Cross
E. H. Dixon ‧ 1837

Illustration of the view from Maiden Lane (now York Way) of the dustheap in King's Cross. The caption explains it was removed in 1848 to assist in rebuilding the city of Moscow. There is a smallpox hospital in the background.

painting
fine art
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Charles Booth Maps Descriptive of London Poverty,1891

Mapping Changes: Visualising Kings Cross
Rebecca Ross ‧ 2005

An MSc dissertation exploring the relationship between mapping and urban change through cartographic representations of King's Cross from 19C onwards. Ross argues for an understanding of maps as active participants in urban change and draws out a relevance to the contemporaneous King's Cross redevelopment.

writing
regeneration
2005
2000s
Rebecca Ross
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© Sarah Weal

King's Cross Voices
Alan Dein and Leslie McCartney with Bill Barker, Verusca Calabria, Sarah Friday, Barbara Prynn, Kim Ward, Sarah Weal. ‧ 2004-2008

Oral history project recording memories of teachers, shopkeepers, publicans, policemen, students, squatters, housewives, social workers, builders, actors, artists, campaigners, politicians, prostitutes, factory workers, cleaners, office workers and railway workers who have lived, worked and studied in King's Cross, with accompanying series of photographic portraits by Sarah Weal.

oral history
Alan Dein
audio
2000s
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Derek Jarman 'King's Cross' tour video, Youtube screengrab

King's Cross
Pet Shop Boys ‧ 1987

King's Cross was written by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant and released on 1987 album Actually. Tennant has described the song as a 'metaphor for Britain' and 'an angry song about Thatcherism'. 

Pet Shop Boys
music
1987
1980s
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© Leon Kossof

King's Cross, Summer
Leon Kossof ‧ 1998

Oil painting showing a woman standing outside King's Cross Station. Kossof was born in Islington where he spent his early years, and had a studio in Mornington Crescent in the 1950s.

painting
St Martins alumni
fine art
1990s
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Derek Jarman 'King's Cross' tour video, Youtube screengrab

Unknown
Derek Jarman ‧ 1987

Black and white super8 footage featuring underground station ticket hall, gas towers, and trains leaving station. Edited as music video for Pet Shops Boys' song 'Rent' (October 1987). Enlarged as 70mm back-projections for their song 'King's Cross' in 1989 tour. 

Pet Shop Boys
music
film
1987
1980s
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© Egied Simons

Untitled (Dovecot)
Egied Simons ‧ 1992

A dovecot designed for London pigeons, painted in 'Royal Mail Red' and placed over the entrance of the mail vans depot in front of St Pancras Station. Part of Northern Adventures exhibition.    

sculpture
Camden Arts Centre
nature
Egied Simons
Northern Adventures
1992
fine art
1990s
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Photographer unknown

One More Time
Cornelia Parker ‧ 2015

A working replica of the station’s clock, reversed in black and silver, suspended sixteen metres infront of the original. For those alighting from the trains the original face gradually appears eclipsed. Commissioned for St Pancras International’s Terrace Wires, a partnership between HS1 and the Royal Academy.

stations
Cornelia Parker
installation
2010s
fine art
2015
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© Colin Bailey

End of the Line
Colin Bailey ‧ 1980

A set of five etchings by Hillview Estate resident Colin Bailey inspired by John O'Connors painting From Pentonville Road looking west: evening: 1884, depicting views of the St Pancras clock tower from Hillview and from the north of the Euston Road.

Hillview
cityscape
1980s
fine art
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Seton Smith Untitled (Tree & Viaduct) 1993

Northern Adventures
Curator: Kay Roberts. Artists: Anne Bean & Peter Fink, Stuart & Maya Brisley, Sonia Boyce, Bill Culbert, Jeffrey Dennis, Antoni Malinowksi, Jane Mulfinger, Cornelia Parker, Egied Simons, Seton Smith. ‧ 1992

An exhibition at St Pancras Chambers of work by ten artists responding to the past, present and future of St Pancras Station. Works include a dovecote for pigeons in 'Royal Mail Red', pavement paintings, photographic and installation works. A Camden Arts Centre project. 

Camden Arts Centre
Cornelia Parker
exhibition
Stuart Brisley
Egied Simons
1992
fine art
1990s
Gaildavies

© Public Works

DIY Regeneration
public works ‧ 2009

Tips, tricks and slogans for regeneration using local small scale and grass roots initiatives, gathered in poster format from King's Cross activists, residents, workers and commuters, and housed in public work's Folk Float. Later exhibited at Camden Arts Centre.

regeneration
Camden Arts Centre
2009
2000s
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copyright unknown

The Pond
Phil Daniels and the Cross ‧ 1979

Protest song about a neglected concrete pond behind LB Camden's town hall. 

pond
music
1970s
Ica offset group 1

copyright unknown

The Mint Tea Rooms
The Offset (Matthew Glamorre, Neil Kaczor, Richard Torry), Minty, Leigh Bowery, Nicola Bateman-Bowery, Donald Urquhart, Matthew Glamorre, Neil Kaczor, Richard Torry ‧ 1995-96

A monthly revue-show from the King's Cross Splash Club at the Water Rats, conceived by Offset, a collective of musicians, poets and artists. Performances included artists force-feeding themselves raw liver and on stage body piercings. Glamorre and Bateman-Bowery finished each evening singing So You Think This Is Art? 

Leigh Bowery
Donald Urquhart
performance
1995
1990s
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View of Almeida Theatre from Caledonian Road © Haworth Tompkins

Remaking London, 'Crisis and Creativity'
Ben Campkin ‧ 2013

A chapter in Campkin's book Remaking London relating the narratives of blight and regeneration in the de-industrialised King's Cross through an examination of cultural artefacts and the Almeida's temporary theatre. Published by I.B. Tauris.

writing
regeneration
2013
publication
2010s
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© Tas Kyprianou

Smother
Sarah Cole ‧ 2010

Cole worked with Coram's Young Parents Group for over a year, to explore experiences of being a very young parent. Smother emerged from this process as a performance in an empty five-storey triangular house, where performers could be found ice-skating, fuming, gagging, juggling and dancing. An Artangel commission.

2010
Artangel
performance
2010s
fine art
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© Marcia Farquhar

Walking Talking Living Yarn
Marcia Farquhar and Uriel Orlow ‧ 1999

A performed tour leading listeners through King's Cross, contrasting the frenetic regeneration  efforts with testimonies of former inhabitants, accompanied by a cd of interviews with past and present residents of the Hillview Estate and the surrounding area. Commissioned for SPIN at the British Museum.

Hillview
regeneration
housing
sound
performance
fine art
1990s
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© Catherine Packard

Cross Section
editor: Catherine Packard ‧ 2006

A magazine created by people living in King's Cross to focus on local lives and issues during times of redevelopment and gentrification. One pilot issue produced under umbrella of Communities in Focus. Supported by Camden Council. 

writing
gentrification
identity
Catherine Packard
publication
2006
2000s
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© AIR

Picture This: King's Cross Through the Looking Glass
Francesca Anfossi, James Purvis, Lauren Winton, Mark Newell, Rory Perkins, Sheryl Tait, Sophie Talbot, Susan Grindley ‧ 2007

A limited edition set of eight postcards depicting King's Cross, selected by a competition judged by Richard Wentworth and Jenni Lomax, including an image of a work by Cornelia Parker in St Pancras Chambers for Northern Adventures. Produced by Cross Section Magazine and exhibited at Scarlet Maguire Gallery as part of the Arrivals Festival.

2007
Mark Newell
Catherine Packard
Richard Wentworth
Northern Adventures
2000s
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© London Mural Preservation Society

The Calthorpe Project Murals
Dave Bangs, Gill Johns, Sarah Dewdney, Bruce Currie, Sineid Codd, Bridgid de Saulles, Dave Mulholland ‧ 1984

Extensive murals over several arches, telling the story of the building of the Calthorpe project and featuring stories and images contributed by St George the Martyr School, Argyll School, and the Bengali Workers Action Group.

mural
painting
1984
Dave Bangs
1980s
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©Catherine Packard

Another Time, Another Place: an intimate portrayal of life in King’s Cross
Catherine Packard ‧ 2012

An exhibition of photographs in and around Hillview, a victorian housing estate vilified by the press. Packard, a resident, took many during festivals and events in the 80's and 90's organised by local artists, musicians and performers. The images were accompanied by interviews from the King’s Cross Voices oral history project. 

Hillview
photography
housing
exhibition
Catherine Packard
2012
2010s
fine art

The King’s Cross Field Map is a log of creative response to this place. The entries include artworks and interventions, hypothetical proposals, and place-based research, and reveal the breadth of response by artists and designers. The works we have selected recognise a local place and the people living and working here, with a particular sensitivity to their immediate, and broader, political and social context in an area under considerable processes of urban change. As a whole the selection traces trajectories of commissioning, permissions, funding, and programming, and is a gathering of significant work offered as public resource and prompt for future reminiscences, reworkings, exchanges, and collaborations.

If you would like to suggest something to be entered on the King’s Cross Field Map please email info@airstudio.org. We have attempted to contact all authors and copyright holders. Please contact us if there is any incorrect content.

Concept and curation: Tilly Fowler & Anna Hart
Design: Duarte Carrilho da Graça

Published by AIR, 2016

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