Compressor House to host David Bailey

By Giles Broadbent on May 22, 2012 11:46 AM |

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Compressor House, beside the Royal Albert DLR station, has been unveiled as the home for a major exhibition by photographer David Bailey.

Councillors agreed on Monday to give over the space to the East End snapper as part of a wider cultural legacy from the Olympic Games.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: "We are thrilled that an icon like David Bailey will be returning to his roots with a major exhibition here. This is a fantastic coup for Newham and east London. David is a true Newham boy and we will be ensuring he gets the warmest of homecomings."

As The Wharf reported recently, Bailey's East End will showcase a collection of 50 years of photographs taken from the area. Newham residents will be able to get in free.

The exhibition will be held from July 14 to August 11. It will be open from 10am to 7pm daily with potential for one later opening per week. There will be a series of events and Bailey will host question and answer sessions for residents.

He turned down approaches from the National Portrait Gallery and other top institutions in favour of the borough.

Bailey said: "London's East End is in my DNA and I'm thrilled to be able to return to my roots in Newham. The Olympics are helping to transform the borough and I'm delighted to be playing a special part in its transformation."

Newham Council's Chief Executive Kim Bromley-Derry said: "This is all about providing a stunning cultural legacy from the Games.

We are confident it will be a huge hit and draw visitors from across London and beyond. Other major figures in the arts will see that Newham is a new cultural hub and will be attracted here."

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