Amelia’s Magazine | Exhibition: The Balfron Project

Category: Art


The fascinating Balfron Tower in Poplar, East London, is the subject of Simon Terrill newest photographic venture, The Balfron Project. Like Trellick Tower, its West London sister, Balfron remains a treasure of brutalist architecture. Both were designed by utopian city architect Ernö Goldfinger in the 1960s as part of his dream of creating ‘communities in the sky’.

Balfron Tower usually has to put up with being the subject of outsiders’ scrutiny, but this time its residents were able to play an active part in the artwork created by Terrill. The photographer invited the residents to come out onto their balconies and doorsteps, as he created a mural-sized photograph which will be on show at The Nunnery Gallery in Bow this January. Also on display is his research and documentary footage from his time of living in the tower as an artist in residence.

We attended the opening on 6th January – read our review here. The Balfron Project is on at The Nunnery Gallery on 183 Bow Road between 7th and 23rd January. The gallery is open 1-5pm from Friday to Sunday.