A composite view of two London hostels - print; woodcut

Simon Redington's woodcut presents a composite view of a hostel in Spa Road, Bermondsey, and the Camden night shelter at 9 St Pancras Way. This is the first plate in his 'Hostel' portfolio of 15 prints about homelessness in London. Redington completed Hostel over a three-year period while he worked at St Mungo's Housing Association. Initially a hostel supervisor, he was later part of an outreach team coordinating the rehabilitation of people sleeping rough in Lincolns Inn Fields near Holborn. Hostel contains a mixture of type and image. Taken from life, Redington transferred these works straight onto the etching plate without the use of preliminary drawings or sketches. His work suggests the 'tragic ironies inherent in the institution of the hostel and the Dickensian existence it continues to represent'.
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64.8 x 50.8 cm
Redington, Simon
© Simon Redington

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