Community History

Black Mary Project – Open Day

Find out more about the The Black Mary Project at an open day on Sat Nov 18th.

Come along to Calthorpe Community Gardens and get involved in The Black Mary Project set to launch Summer 2024. Led by Black women artists and the community, the project will imaginatively reimagine a local 17th Century healing well said to be run by a Black woman called Mary Woollaston. The Project playfully combines research, healing and creativity to bring to life a contemporary version of Black Mary’s Hole.

  • See plans for a new Healing Garden and memorial in Woollaston’s memory
  • Hear about the fascinating history of the local healing wells
  • Create your own Healing Symbol for a new artwork
  • Join the special interactive Healing Tour that leads to the original site of Black Mary’s Hole and share your own story along the way*
  • Find out how you can get further involved especially if you have your own healing practice

*The tour starts at 3PM. You can sign up from 2PM on the day at Calthorpe. Limited places available.

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This will be a chance to come along and meet some of our special collaborators for our developing project to revive the spirit of an ancient healing well and honour its keeper.

There will be live music performed by folk and soul singer/song writer Marie Bashiru, a tea ceremony by Desiree Diaz and a chance to experience the healing tour with Lead Artist Gaylene Gould and Emanuala Aru.

Our brilliant memorial artist Marcia Bennett – Male will be doing a meet the artist talk so that you can find out about her practise as a sculptor and Laura Copsey, another artist inspired by Black Mary’s story, will be there to share her practise and do some Black Mary Tarot reading. 

It’s free for all and drop in, so no need to book, though there are limited places on the tour.

You can find out more about the project in this article in the Evening Standard.

Produced by Gaylene Gould Studios. The open day is a part of Camden Black History Season. 

Supported by Mayor of London Untold Stories Project, Camden Council, Arts Council , Black Womxn in Theatre and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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