From an online archive and publishing tool developed by CAMP, images courtesy Mohamed El Nahas


On the Edgware Road

An Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery and the
Centre for Possible Studies

6 – 28 March 2012


The Serpentine Gallery exhibition On the Edgware Road will make public the first three years of research generated by the Serpentine’s Edgware Road Project. The exhibition includes installations, films, workshops and performances, both at the Serpentine Gallery and at the Centre for Possible Studies, the Project’s home. The exhibition allows visitors to experience the projects of the artists and local collaborators involved in the Project and highlights future programmes that will unfold throughout the next year.


The Edgware Road Project encourages discursive enquiries to be developed through encounters between artists, neighbourhood residents, workers and students. This integration of education, research, artistic work and neighbourhood interests mirrors the approach taken by Edgware Road Project partners: the Townhouse, Cairo and Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts in Beirut. It is through conversations with these and other collaborators that political dynamics are explored locally within a global context, producing active cartographies, subversive diplomacies and imaginative modes of exchange.





Åbäke; Khalid Abdalla and Cressida Trew; Etel Adnan; Tammy Arjona-Wheeler; Bidoun; Polly Brannan; CAMP; Gill Clarke; Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad with Westminster Academy; Susan Hefuna with Westminster Academy and Townhouse, Cairo; Lamia Joreige; Hiwa K; Jackson Lam; / Brad Butler, James Holcombe, Karen Mirza; Marwan Rechmaoui; Frances Rifkin; Wael Shawky; Rania Stephan; Ultra-red with the St. Marylebone C.E. School; Emily Wardill



Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre: Project 5; Goldsmiths MA in Aural and Visual Cultures; Migrants Resource Centre; People’s Research Seminars; Public Space Seminar/E.V.S.A., O.D.V., Public 10; the x:talk project



An accompanying publication describes work to date and projects that will unfold in the future, each answering the question: ‘What is a possible study?’

Texts include an in-conversation between Sally Tallant, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones and writing by Christine Tohme, William Wells and Janna Graham.




March 6 William Wells, talk at the Serpentine Gallery, 7pm


March 8 Hiwa K, Chicago Boys: while we were singing, they were dreaming… concert and study group, 8pm


March 10 Janna Graham and Amal Khalaf, talk at the Serpentine Gallery, 4pm


March 15 Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon, Book Launch, 7pm


March 17 Polly Brannan and Jackson Lam, public workshop at the Serpentine Gallery, 2-5pm


March 20 Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Pierre Giquel, Serpentine Cinema, Gate Notting Hill, 6.30pm


March 24 Polly Brannan and Jackson Lam, public workshop at the Serpentine Gallery, 2-5pm


March 24 Direct Speech Acts, Free Cinema Salon at the Centre for Possible Studies, 5pm


April 26 Emily Wardill, Fulll Firearms, London cinematic premiere, 6.30pm


See for details


Edgware Road Project
The Edgware Road Project was initiated and curated by Sally Tallant, Artistic Director, Liverpool Biennial (former Head of Programmes, Serpentine Gallery) with Janna Graham, Projects Curator, Serpentine Gallery and Louise Coysh, Curator, Art on the Underground (former Project Organiser, Serpentine Gallery); in partnership with Christine Tohme, Director, Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut; and William Wells, Director, Townhouse, Cairo. Assistant Curator: Amal Khalaf, Edgware Road Project Assistant Curator, Serpentine Gallery. Project Advisor: Nav Haq, Curator, M HKA, Antwerp.


Partner Organisations: 

Al Arez Restaurant; The Arts Catalyst; Casco: Office for Art, Design and Theory; Church Street Library; Church Street Neighbourhood Management; The Delfina Foundation; Dunya Restaurant; FreqOut!; Gasworks; Gateway Primary School; Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre: Project 5; If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution; Migrant Resource Centre; Raven Row; Rose Issa Projects; St. Marylebone School; Al Shishawi Restaurant; The Showroom; 60 Penfold Street; Tyburn Convent; Westminster Academy; Westminster Libraries & Archives; Wyspa Institute of Art.


Serpentine Gallery

Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Open 10am – 6pm daily


Centre for Possible Studies 

21 Gloucester Place London W1U 8HR

Open 10am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday, and otherwise by appointment.