“We are the leaders we have been waiting for”


Please join us on Saturday June 2nd from 6-9pm for the opening night of ‘We are the Leaders we have been waiting for.’ An exhibition and event protesting violence against young people.

Our community has responded with overwhelming creativity and positive energy in the aftermath of the terrible acts of violence recently committed near Gnome House. Please come and join us as we stand together, as one, unified community.

The exhibition will feature both local and International artists exhibiting alongside schools, community groups and activists.

The opening night will feature performances from Grime artist Lemzi, Grow your own Theatre and many others. All are weclome!

Venue: Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Road, London E17 6DS

Opening night: Saturday 2nd June 2018, 6-9pm

Artist and curator talk: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 2-4pm


Featured artists include: Carlos Javier Ortiz, Adler Garfield, Antonio Olmos, Man & Wah, Emma Scutt, Anna Alcock, Martin Adams, James Hunter, Charlotte Colenutt, Alison Stirling, Michael D. Bowles, John Lucas, Richard Selby & Graham Clifford

Featured schools: Rushcroft Foundation School, Federick Bremer School, Willowbrook Primary School, Willowfield School, Kelmscott School, Big Creative Education

Featured performers for the opening night: Lemzi, Grow Your Own Theatre

Emma Gonzalez
Emma Gonzalez. Photograph by Adler Garfield

The opening night will feature:

– a short film by acclaimed film-maker Carlos Javier Ortiz from Chicago called ‘We all we got’ which documents a communities resilience in the face of gun violence

– a powerful collection of images by photographer Antonio Olmos, who documented every murder scene in London during 2011-2012

– an iconoclastic and historic series of portraits by American photographer, Adler Garfield, who has photographed the student protesters from Parkland, Florida, advocating stricter gun controls in the USA

Leroy James, 14, was stabbed to death in Ponders End Recreation Ground in Enfield. Photograph by Antonio Olmos

About Gnome House

Gnome House is a volunteer run arts centre in Walthamstow, London. As an exhibition space we have a track record of exhibiting internationally recognised artists alongside community-led art organisations and schools. Gnome House opened in 2015 and is home to a 3000 sq ft exhibition space, cafe and world-class print-making studios.

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