A Mirror for the Sea…

A Mirror for the Sea… a Heritage Lottery Fund funded project will  be presented at the Royal Victoria Beach on Saturday 7th September 2013.

Flying Angel House, which incorporates ACAVA’s Flying Angel Studios, was built in 1936 to provide Seamen arriving on ships in the Royal Docks a home away from home. Men from all over the world converged at the building to receive shelter and support from The Mission to Seafarers. The building incorporated a pool hall, a ballroom and a cinema to provide entertainment for the Seamen, and many took home memories and stories of goings on at the Mission. Today Look Ahead Care and Support provide services from the building for adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

Since February 2013 the artist Phil Coy has been resident at Flying Angel House, setting up a simple sound recording and screen-printing studio. Through conversations with former Seamen, Mission to Seafarers Chaplains, and local groups of people such as hotel staff and Cross Rail construction workers, he is producing a series of hand printed audio publications that explore the language and history of those who have lived and worked in and around the building.

On 7th September between 12 noon and 6pm the first of these will be launched at the Royal Victoria Beach, together with a film, screen printing workshops and the opportunity to record your own thoughts and experiences of the area this summer.

A Mirror for the Sea was made possible through funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Royal Docks Trust

Other relevant links:

The Mission to Seafarers

Look Ahead

Other events in Newham during August and September