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Young Chingford artist celebrates first-ever exhibition

Rebecca Dyer was commissioned to produce six artworks which are on display in Hoxton Hall

By Marco Marcelline

Rebecca Dyer posing for

A young Chingford artist has described her joy at being featured in her first ever exhibition.

Alongside five other young artists, Rebecca Dyer was commissioned to produce six artworks which are on display in the bar area of Hoxton Hall.

Called Field Works, the exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the group of artists and UCL researchers and communities across East London.

One of the illustrations Rebecca produced for Field Works, Credit: Rebecca Dyer

Field Works is the culmination of the Trellis 4 programme. Since 2019, Trellis has brought together over 200 artists and researchers, and many local community individuals and organisations through a process which has so far led to 20 commissions in four exhibitions.

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As part of the programme, Rebecca worked with volunteers form Cordwainers Grow and Ukrainians who have recently arrived in East London. At gatherings, the Ukrainians used plant and animal materials to make Ukrainian folk ritual objects including motanka (guardian dolls), didukhs (wheat sheafs representing ancestor spirits) and hromovytsia candles to protect against storms.

Inspired by the work of Ukrainian artist Olha, Rebecca then made an animation and a painting about how the Ukrainian folklore and holiday rituals connect with nature, regeneration, and how it benefits us as people.

Trellis is part of a wider scheme of cultural and community engagement work as part of the new UCL East campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The work aims to build a culture of mutual benefit, collaboration, and exchange between UCL staff and students and east London communities.

Trellis is co-funded by Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

See more of Rebecca’s art on her website and Instagram

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