Although we celebrated International Women’s day on the 8th, we believe in celebrating the inspirational social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women all year long. So we are excited to announce that a new Green plaque is coming to Connaught Village, honouring the life and legacy of iconic artist Halima Nałęcz co-founder of the New Vision Gallery and Director of the Drian Gallery.
As individual, unique and eclectic as Connaught Village, so was Halima Nałęcz’s life, career and works. Training as an artist in both London and Paris, Halima forged her path through the London art scene of the 1960s to become an accomplished artist.
Breaking beyond the boundaries of Bond Street galleries and the post war British art scene to embody the community independent spirit of Connaught village, for more than 40 years. Halima worked tirelessly as a supporter and promoter of new and emerging artists. The plaque will be mounted at 5 Porchester Place, the site of one of her most renowned galleries, Drian. Drian Gallery played an important role providing a platform for first exhibitions for British and international artists incl. John Bellany, William Crozier, Michael Sandle, Moshe Tamir and Maryon Kantaroff.
It’s therefore fitting that Halima Nałęcz is commemorated with a green plaque in the place she inspired and nurtured many, leaving a lasting contribution that transcends beyond bricks and cultural boundaries.
Further announcement confirming the date of the plaque unveiling is due to be shared soon. For more information incl. plans for celebratory events can be found on their website – www.connaught-village.co.uk
Written By: Eboni Addoh