David Lemm: Mapping King's Cross

A multi-disciplinary exploration of the changing King's Cross landscape by our Illustrator in Residence.

When, Where

Mapping King's Cross is a new body of work by David Lemm created in response to his six month research project as House of Illustration's Illustrator in Residence 2015. 

On each visit to House of Illustration, from his base in Edinburgh, he has been mapping the surrounding area as it changes over time; seeking out visual narratives, noting forms in the landscape, considering maps and exploring how we perceive, navigate, and quantify in order to make sense (or otherwise) of the world.

This research has culminated in an exhibition of thoughtful collage works, which utilise the tactile quality of paper - playfully reflecting David’s reconnection and experiments with handmade processes during the residency and the idea of building - so apparent around Kings Cross at this time.

The gallery will become the centre point of his personal “map” of the area, with each wall depicting observations and experiences encountered during the residency, categorised into a library of shapes, symbols, times and spaces from which narratives can be read or created.

Our residency programme is generously supported by the Barbara and Philip Denny Charitable Trust.