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Mobilise! Mobilise!

Holloway Fire Station on Hornsey Road

Art exhibition

Dates: Saturday 1 February – 31 March 2020

Opening times: 10am-5pm daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays closed)

Admission: Free

Venue: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB

‘Mobilise! Mobilise!’ highlights the unique work of Islington artist Niki Gibbs.

A local fire station is a building that we often walk past but only perhaps become aware of when a big red fire truck emerges to deal with an urgent situation. Little is known about the training, daily checks, maintenance of kit, inspections of buildings in the community, and other outreach work performed by the firefighters.

We regularly see fire crews at work during television news broadcasts, with individuals performing heroic acts in the line of duty, often in the most difficult of circumstances. What is not seen is the everyday life of the crews as they operate around the station, relax, prepare and eat food, while waiting for that sudden emergency call out.

Drawing inspiration from photographs, artist Niki Gibbs worked with Holloway Fire Station on Hornsey Road, Islington, to capture its four crews going about their routine daily work.

‘Mobilise! Mobilise!’ art exhibition is the result of this intimate and insightful collaboration. 

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