Author: Faye Hughes (Faye Hughes)

Telling the Truth about Nina Hamnett

Telling the Truth about Nina Hamnett

In our autumn exhibition, Nina Hamnett – ‘Everybody was Furious’, we offer a rare glimpse at the life and legacy of former Fitzrovia resident, artist Nina Hamnett. The show displays six rarely exhibited sketches by the ‘Queen of Bohemia’ (kindly loaned from the museum in her home town of Tenby)  set under the chapel’s golden ceiling,...

9 Nov 201922 Jan 2020

The past is beautiful

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” ―Virginia Woolf, Fitzrovia Resident As artistic director of an important heritage site, I often feel like a time traveller. In...

27 Jul 201718 Oct 2018

Claudi Casanovas: Quart Minvant (11-23 July)

Claudi Casanovas’s third solo exhibition with Erskine, Hall & Coe will open in July within the Fitzrovia Chapel. This exhibition will present the final instalment, Quart Minvant, of a body of work that began with Lluna Nova in 2013 and included Quart Creixent in 2014. Quart Minvant (Waning Crescent) explores the notion of emptiness. “The...

29 Jun 201718 Oct 2018


This year marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised. The media is flooded with remembrances and there are many arts and cultural highlights which will mark the decriminalisation and events around it.  As ever, Channel Four observed this important milestone with a series of dynamic, relevant and inclusive programmes. I watched #GreatGayBuildings with interest. I...

28 Jun 201718 Oct 2018
Why is the Fitzrovia Chapel so needlessly beautiful?

Why is the Fitzrovia Chapel so needlessly beautiful?

The word ‘exquisite’ is used often at the Fitzrovia Chapel. I believe the reason for this is because it has a breathtaking beauty that is so surprising to us, and goes beyond what we had expected. This was an exquisite place in a working hospital. As it was never consecrated, it was a haven for...

9 May 201715 Oct 2019