My Favourite Chair: Cleo

13 – 25 June 2018

To run alongside our exhibition ‘Chair/Cadair’ in the main gallery we are exhibiting our visitor’s favourite chairs and the stories and memories they hold in the gallery foyer.

“I saw these chairs in a skip outside a Muslim Children’s Centre in Hackney in 2010. I couldn’t bear them going into landfill so asked if I could have them. The manager was very friendly, offering a matching table and keeping them for me while I arranged pick up.

At this time Islamophobia was very prevalent – Muslim communities vilified for not integrating. I had the opposite experience – Muslim neighbours active in the community, our children playing together.

It’s a plain chair, I love how worn it is by countless children and well used by mine.”


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