London,
11
April
2017
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17:35
Europe/London

Preview: Exhibition celebrates Hackney's speedway heritage

Contemporary responses to Regent Studios' long-forgotten sporting history unveiled at Transition Gallery

THE plot where Regent Studios in Broadway Market now stands was post-war waste ground used by local youth to create a make-do and mend cycle speedway. 

In its heyday, the track attracted hundreds of spectators to see local team the Warwick Lions compete in the East London Cycle Speedway League. 

This exhibition at Transition Gallery features contemporary responses in animation, film and sculpture to these long-forgotten histories.

Writer-in-residence, Helena Haimes, will be writing about the ideas around the show, while 'Speedway Talks' – on 23 and 30 April and 7 May – will feature guest speakers, including John Goldsmith from the Warwick Lions. 

The exhibition ends on 13 May with 'Ghost Cinema', a day of screenings, talks and performances by artists and academics. Speedway is open from noon to 6pm, Friday to Sunday (closed Easter weekend 14 to 16 April). Entrance is free.

Speedway takes place at Transition Gallery, London Fields, Hackney, until 13 May.