Anne-Marie Copestake: ‘Birdsong and a bathroom’

8 June, 2024
– 4 August, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 5JF
A flyer is taped on a greenhouse doo. It displays illustrations of flowers and includes a title that reads, 'In my Garden I can Feel Life and it is Beautiful'
'Birdsong and a bathroom', Anne-Marie Copestake, 2024.

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LUX is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Anne-Marie Copestake, in collaboration with Holly Lodge Community Centre and as part of the Highgate Festival 2024.

As part of the centenary celebrations for the Holly Lodge Estate, the exhibition features a new film commission by Anne-Marie Copestake exploring the life of this iconic housing project in Highgate Village, North London. The film considers the legacies and lives of the Holly Lodge community, through the voices of the past and present residents.

The estate was built on grounds previously owned by 19th century heiress and philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts, who was encouraged to support housing projects by her friend Charles Dickens. In 1923 distinctive faux-Tudor blocks bordering Highgate Cemetery were developed by a housing association, The Lady Workers Homes Ltd, to foster a “safe and pleasant” environment for single working women. The bedsits and flats were small with shared bathrooms, and a range of community spaces including planted grounds, a dining room, a library and a tennis court intended to create a thriving women’s community on the slopes below Highgate Village. 

Over the years, the ownership of the blocks transitioned from housing association to local council. A 2007 tenant association campaign prevented seven blocks from being sold off to private developers reflecting the challenges and vagaries of making a home in London and the enduring impact of the loss of council housing. 

The estate was also the site where Circles, the feminist film distribution network (now LUX’s sister organisation Cinenova), was founded, operating from curator Felicity Sparrow’s flat during the 1970s.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of workshops, talks and screenings. For more information please visit

The film will simultaneously be shown in a centenary exhibition taking place at Holly Lodge Community Centre. 

Commissioned by Holly Lodge Community Centre and LUX. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust. 


Artist Biography:

Anne-Marie Copestake is an artist living in Glasgow. Attentive to temporary and longer term communities, daily acts, acts of refusal, narrative and emotion, her work is concerned with entangled social political conditions surrounding choices, or lack of choices, and an exploration of histories and environments that may have contributed. She often works collaboratively, recently with musician Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh.


About Holly Lodge Community Centre:

Holly Lodge Community Centre offers a wide range of activities in a friendly, relaxed environment, it is a registered charity (No. 293003) serving the local community. Located on the site of a former dining pavilion on the historic Holly Lodge Estate in Highgate, North London, Holly Lodge Community Centre can be found at 30 Makepeace Avenue, just off Hillway, Highgate, North London.


Screening Schedule:


2pm (with captions)


4pm (with captions)


Accessibility Information:

Getting here:

LUX is located in Waterlow Park (Highgate), near the Dartmouth Park Lodge Gate on Dartmouth Park Hill. Please note Waterlow Park is on a hill and from Archway Station there is a steep walk up Highgate Hill. You can learn more about public transport options and their accessibility on our website.

Visual Story: How to get here


LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF, UK. Entrance location on what3words

Step Free Access:

The LUX building is wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilet facilities.

Auditory/Visual Access:

We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. Moving image works will be presented with captions. 

Sensory Access:

Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room to be brighter or a lower volume environment.

You can learn more about detailed access information on our website here.

If you have any access needs to attend our events please contact us at +44(0)20 3141 2960 or [email protected].


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