The Laundry Room- 2012/13

Private View on Friday 28th September from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (RSVP essential)

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Exhibition open from 29 September to 28 October (by appointment)

The Laundry Room at BalinHouseProjects
An exhibition by Richard Wentworth and Michael Marriott

BalinHouseProjects is an artist-run non-profit space in London SE1.
BHP started in 2006 to provide space for dialogues and a platform for artists to make connections with other artist-run spaces and organisations. Located in a council flat in Borough, it has been offering the local residents of Tabard North Gardens estates opportunities to engage culturally in their own environment without feeling intimidated by the larger cultural establishments. The results of those very eclectic social gatherings have brought forward new ideas to engage further with the local community.

BHP is now coming to a close of a cycle, with the intervention in its space at the former laundry room of the Balin House building by Richard Wentworth and Michael Marriott. It will be the first time that the artist and the designer, who have been familiar with each other’s works for 20 years, to collaborate in a project.

In the late 1960′s Richard Wentworth lived off the New Kent Road where he witnessed the demolitions which led to the construction of the Heygate Estates in the early 1970′s. It was during this period that as a ‘foreigner’ in the SE17 and SE16, Wentworth made the early photographs which later became known as ‘Making Do and Getting By’ and ‘Occasional Geometrics’.*

Michael Marriott’s diverse practice is informed by a deep passion for the elemental nature of the
project at hand and the stringent and honest handling of all materials involved. He spends ‘a lot of time observing and studying things and the world, analysing objects consciously and unconsciously in terms of material, function, use, misuse, form, colour, texture, finish, fixings, age, patina, junctions of line and material’.

The room, originally constructed as a laundry room that had changed its function as a storage room, has been a neglected corner of the building in the last decades. Here The Laundry Room will be a space to exchange, provoke or evoke thoughts, to rediscover old habits, to discuss the fast changing of technology and the lost function of some devices that are still vivid in our memory by sound and sight. The space will also let us reflect on the sudden effect of gentrification in its neighbourhood and the consequences of the economical values imposed by it.

This project includes the making of a book, a walk and talk, in collaboration with organisations such as Camberwell College of Arts, The Cuming Museum in Southwark, South London Gallery and the local T&RA.

The Laundry Room is a project by Eduardo Padilha and Maiko Tsutsumi

Exhibition dates:
29 September to 28 October 2012
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00
Admission by appointment only.
Please contact

*Richard Wentworth will be part of the upcoming Serpentine Gallery’s Memory Marathon.


Address: BalinHouseProjects Flat 22, Balin House Long Lane
London SE1 1YQ

For further information contact Eduardo Padilha:

M. 07813 949080

Michael Marriott
Michael Marriott
intervention at BalinHouseProjects
Michael Marriott
intervention at BalinHouseProjects
Richard Wentworth
at The Laundry Room -BHP
Richard Wentworth
at The Laundry Room -BHP
Richard Wentworth
at The Laundry Room -BHP
Richard Wentworth and Michael Marriott
at The Laundry Room -BHP

All above images by Paolo Giudici

Balinhouseprojects presents a walk and talk run by artist Richard Wentworth.


Date and Location
Monday 22nd October
Departing from BalinHouseProjects at 6.30 pm
The Laundry Room will be open from 5.30 pm with refreshments

For further information or to take part please visit or contact Eduardo Padilha:
eduardo@balinhouseprojects / 07813 949080

Balin House Projects
Flat 22, Balin House
Long Lane
London SE1 1YQ

“Richard Wentworth holds unusual keys to the area, knowing it first in the year he left school in 1965. He lived from 1967 until 1974 on Balfour Street SE17 and watched the preparations for the construction of the Heygate Estate,and the arrival of its first occupants. In 1969,with other RCA graduates, he founded Dilston Studio (now Grove) which was his workshop until 1978.His association with the invention of ‘Goldsmiths’ in these years coincided with the first period of decline in the docks , warehousing ,stockholding and manufacturing throughout SE1, SE16, SE11 and SE17, penetrating down into SE5. His records of this path to dereliction and social and technological change, formed the base for his work “Making Do and Getting By’, first seen at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1985.Wentworth describes this as an accidental glossary , a compendium of small acts which provided some of the adhesion and cohesion over this period.
He came to see that this is a ‘dialect’, a ‘lingo’, a kind of cultural continuum , employed by humans as prescient adjustments in unstable moments.”

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