Join artist Hilary Powell and special guests for the launch of Urban Alchemy, a project uncovering the people, processes and materials of a city and site undergoing constant transformation, demolition and renovation.
As Leverhulme Artist In Residence at UCL Chemistry Hilary Powell has collaborated with demolition contractors, printmakers and scientists to apply traditional print techniques to reclaimed demolition site materials.
Urban Alchemy captures the story of these experiments in a book inspired by alchemical 'books of secrets'. Transforming salvaged zinc, copper, cement and brick through imaginative and chemical processes Urban Alchemy depicts urban change and those who work to implement it.
The book launch is accompanied by an exhibition of large scale prints and the first in a series of public Urban Alchemy experiments, here demonstrating a customised printing press using copper piping salvaged from UCL.
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Hilary Powell makes work across disciplines that reimagines urban sites and associated notions of time and change. She is Leverhulme artist in residence in UCL Chemistry and artist in residence in East London Printmakers. Urban Alchemy is informed by her recent project ‘Pop Up Pop Up’ – a public production line of a pop-up book called ‘Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley.’ The book, which was created through a collaborative process involving a team of apprentices, won the Birgit Skiold Award for Excellence and is in the collections of V&A, MoMa New York and the National Poetry Library.