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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Forging stronger links with Russia and Britain through culture

Press Release   •   Oct 27, 2010 12:52 BST

Photographs attached: Russian politician Sergey Naryshkin with Nonna Materkova founder of Calvert 22

The first UK-based solo exhibition of work by Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev has been unveiled in Tower Hamlets.

Sea Stories is a collection of pieces which draw upon Ponomarev’s background in nautical engineering and early career as a submariner.

The exhibition at Calvert 22 in Shoreditch comprises of installations, photographs, drawings and films.

Calvert 22 is the UK’s only not for profit foundation dedicated to showcasing contemporary art and culture from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Russian politician Sergey Naryshkin, who is head of administration for President Dmitry Medvedev, visited Calvert 22 as part of a state visit to London on October 19.

Mr Naryshkin said: “It is important for business to provide financial support for culture.”

Nonna Materkova founder of Calvert 22 added: “Apart from wanting to show support for the foundation and see the work first hand, the purpose of the visit was to acknowledge the importance of cultural diplomacy between Russia and Great Britain and to encourage a climate for philanthropic giving.

“It is also very important to us as part of our charitable remit to build strong links working with the local community.”

Heather Bonfield, Head of Culture at Tower Hamlets Council said: “We are privileged in Tower Hamlets to have such a wealth of arts and culture right on our doorstep. Calvert 22 is helping to cement our reputation as one of leading lights in London for world culture and we are pleased that the Centre is keen to work with young Tower Hamlets artists.”

Notes to editors

Sea Stories is on until November 21 and opening hours are Wednesday – Saturday: from 10am – 6pm; Sunday from 11am – 5pm.

For more details contact:
Shalina Hussain 
Tower Hamlets Council 
Mulberry Place 
6th Floor
5 Clove Crescent 
E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 4754


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