‘The Birth of Rhythm and Blues ‘
: at Arts Richmond’s Stables Gallery at Orleans House
Curated by Michele Whitby
1 August – 29 September 2013
Celebrating the unique musical heritage of Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, this exhibition brings together photographs, accounts and memorabilia of the musicians and club-goers, from the vitality of the late 50s Jazz era, to the explosive energy of the R & B and Rock ‘n’ Roll packed 60s. The exhibition traces the story of how ‘Eelpiland’ came into being, the history of the hotel and the dance hall, and the political and social significance of Arthur Chisnall’s music club for young people.
Many of the exhibits have never been shown in public to date, with many former musicians and club-goers coming forward with memorabilia from ‘Eelpiland Passports’ and gig listing cards to articles and photographs.
With a 1960s record player, along with a selection of albums from musicians who played on Eel Pie Island, you can choose the music to listen to as you explore an exhibition packed with fascinating objects, images and stories. Curated by Michele Whitby, a long-term resident of the island and co-author of the book ‘Eel Pie Island’.
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Tuesday to Saturday 1pm to 5.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5.30pm
Café open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm.
The exhibition opens at 1pm on Thursday 1st August 2013. Free Entry.