An exhibition of etchings by artist Teresa Schippel Hales, inspired by the Victorian Theatre at Alexandra Palace, has opened at the pioneering new Green Rooms arts hotel in Wood Green and will run until Sunday 10th July. The exhibition takes place in the bar on the ground floor (see photo of Private View below) and is just one minute from Wood Green tube station.
Teresa is a local artist and member of Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre. She has created a series of 16 etchings, based on photographs she took of the building; a strictly limited number of each etching is available to buy during the exhibition. The etchings are based on photographs of the unique interior of the theatre, which remains much as it was when it was opened in 1875.
The work is exquisitely detailed, and I love the fact that this medium allows the textural quality of the work to shine through. Teresa has included the Alexandra Palace logo as part of the work, an effective and decorative addition.
The Victorian Theatre has not hosted regular public performances for 80 years, and was used as a props store by the BBC when they broadcast television from Alexandra Palace. Now, with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, it is part of a major restoration of the East Wing of Alexandra Palace. Re-opening in spring 2018, the restoration will bring the theatre back to life, with scheduled live performances. The Alexandra Park team, who I met at the private view, are passionate about bringing the space back into the public domain.
The Private View was held at the Green Room Arts Hotel, an exciting and pioneering new venture in Wood Green. The building was previously used as a housing office by Haringey council, and has been turned into an affordable arts hotel by Nick Hartwright, who runs a social enterprise scheme.
It’s a project which provides necessary space and inspiration for young (and not so young) creatives, with performance and studio space as well as rooms. It is certainly an impressive and sociable space, with a huge and welcoming ground floor bar. Features such as a fine herringbone parquet floor have been beautifully renovated, and the space is dotted with a collection of predominately mid-century furniture.
To buy a limited edition etching, please see information at the exhibition or contact the artist directly: email@example.com. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go towards the £1million fundraising target that is needed to complete the restoration of the East Wing at Alexandra Palace. Etching prices are approx £125 framed.