Greenham Control Tower are proud to offer a temporary exhibition space that allows us to host guest exhibitions on a range of subjects linked to, or inspired by, the common and the base.
Running from 16th March to 29th May 2019
Thurs & Fri 10.30 – 13.30 | Sat & Sun 09.30 – 16.00 | or by appointment
This exhibition of paintings and mixed media by the Reading -based artist Robert Fitzmaurice looks back at the social history of the site, especially the former military presence and the peace camp protests of the 1980s.
Over the years Robert has developed a variety of figurative and semi-figurative motifs to question ideas about power, gender, childhood and identity. This exhibition advances those themes in the context of the actions taken by the Greenham women to confront patriarchy and challenge militarism. The common was certainly no Eden then but this show offers no safe historical perspective. When leaders with nuclear arsenals have insulted each other with terms like rocket-man and dullard, and the US and Russia have withdrawn from the INF Treaty the same tensions exist now as then, and deserve our attention.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
NO EDEN has been made possible with support from Arts Council England
Ran from 9th December 2018 to 9th March 2019
An exhibition of photographs recording life at the Greenham Common peace camp during the 1980s
Wendy Carrig was a photography student in the mid-1980s during a time of great social disquiet in Britain. Coal miners were striking against pit closures, and peace protestors gathered at Greenham Common to demonstrate against the installation of U.S. nuclear missiles on British soil.
Common People is an exhibition of photographs recording Carrig’s time spent with women protestors at Blue Gate camp, showing how domestic life continued around the campfire.
The exhibition is accompanied by Campfire’s Burning an original essay by Dr Rebecca Johnson describing her five years as a protestor at Greenham, together with song sheets from The Blue Gate Song Book, an original artefact from the days of protest, now lodged at the Imperial War Museum.
Wendy Carrig is an established freelance photographer known for her fashion and portrait photography. She has won Best In Category for portraiture at The Association of Photographers Awards, and her work has been selected for both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery London. She has recently been nominated as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s #HundredHeroines. All the photography on show will be available to purchase, together with postcards and an exhibition poster.