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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

The Story So Far: Word 2012-2016

The Story So Far: Word 2012-2016

Since its launch in 2012, Islington Word Festival has seen thousands of local people of all ages and backgrounds taking part in extraordinary projects and events designed to promote enjoyment in reading, writing and freedom of expression. Word has encouraged local people to find and express their voice in schools and community centres, parks and playgrounds, football grounds and libraries. This exhibition, curated by All Change Arts, captures the story so far in their own words and pictures.

  • Weekdays from 13 June - 25 August, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibition
Sans Toi by Ibi Ibrahim

Part of Unravelling Europe

The Unbreakable Rope – An Exploration of Sexuality in Islam

Quilliam Foundation present The Unbreakable Rope – An Exploration of Sexuality in Islam at Free Word Centre from 10 March-8 June 2016.

  • Weekdays from 10 March - 8 June, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
1946

Words of the Century

  • Weekdays from Nov 3 to Feb 25, 9am-8pm, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
Women sitting at table laughing

The Changing Face of the Arts

  • Weekdays from 26 June to 23 October, 9am-8pm, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
Tether

Where the Heart Is

  • Weekdays from 16 March to 24 June, 9am-8pm, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
Ice

Arctica

  • Weekdays from Nov 3 to Mar 11, 9am-8pm, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
Collage

JazzTypes: a design experiment

  • Weekdays from Sep 3, 9am-8pm, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
Once removed

Once Removed

An exhibition of photography by Dave Lewis on themes of identity, memory, belonging and crucially, the role of photography.

  • Weekdays from 9am-8pm, from 3 Feb until 28 Apr, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
26 Words

26 Words

An exhibition exploring the DNA of language.

  • Weekdays from 9am-8pm, 26th Nov - 31st Jan, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
Comic strip by Sofiane Belaskri

Reframe

Perspectives on Europe through comics from Algeria, Turkey and the UK.

  • Weekdays from 9am-8pm, 24th Oct - 22nd Nov, with some exceptions. Please call ahead to check availability.
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Past Exhibition
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All Eyes on Us

Photography from the Paralympic Opening Ceremony

  • Weekdays 9:00am - 9:00pm, Wed 26 Feb - Wed 6 May
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Past Exhibition
Word Origins

Word Origins

An exhibition of illustrations about the curious origins and growth of words

  • Weekdays from 9am to 9pm from 3rd Dec 2012 - 15th Feb 2013 (closed 22 Dec - 2 Jan)
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Past Exhibition
Michael Rust

Words Set Free: The Work of Letter Exchange

An exhibition of work exploring the full range of lettering disciplines: from typography and font design to calligraphy and letter cutting.

  • Weekdays, 9am - 8pm, Weds 26 Sep - Mon 22 Oct 2012
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