Art exhibition brings former post office in Hackney back to life

The first in a series of projects supported by Hackney Council to bring empty shops back to life has opened with an art exhibition in a former post office.

POSTED will explore the post and our postal heritage through art exhibitions, performances and workshops at 67 Wilton Way, E8.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “By investing into initiatives like ‘Keep Me Posted’ and the CREATE10 festival for the arts, the Council is helping to promote to residents and visitors alike, the great creative talent that is flourishing across Hackney. Our town centres are the driving forces behind our local economy, not only providing goods and services but creating jobs as well and hosting the expanding creative and cultural industries sector.”

The pop-up gallery, POSTED, is directed and curated by Julia Royse. Julia said: “I want to pay homage to our postal heritage and give the local community something fun and informative to replace the much missed Post Office - and to encourage more thoughtful and emotional ways of communicating with each other rather than generic emailing and texting.”

The inaugural exhibition, ‘Keep Me Posted’ runs from 2 July to 26 September and presents artwork by established and emerging artists including Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan and Adam Dix. Find out more at:

A number of other projects, including a farm shop in Dalston, are set to open later in the year, bringing further empty town centre premises back into use. Find out more about FARM: shop at:

The projects are supported through central government funding and are designed to provide temporary activities that will be useful and meaningful to Hackney’s residents and visitors.

The work expands on a successful pilot programme supported by Hackney Council that saw hundreds of extra visitors in Hackney Central last summer when the Savoy Café on Graham Road, E8, was temporarily re-opened, offering film screenings, talks, and shows.

Hackney Council hopes to extend the project further still, in partnership with registered social landlords, to provide a platform for local artists using empty commercial space across the borough. The ambition is to develop an embedded empty properties plan, helping to support the local economy, promote the arts and support community cohesion ensuring that Hackney’s creative and cultural base has an opportunity to showcase its talent.