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Show RCA 2019

Claire Powell

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Major project:

The Bishops Avenue

Located in North London and often referred to as 'Billionaire's Row' – The Bishops Avenue was last year ranked as the second-most expensive street in Britain. The peculiar thing is that, hidden amongst the extravagance of wealth, is a ghost town. There are 66 houses on Bishops Avenue; 16 of them are completely abandoned and have been for more than 30 years. The gardens are overgrown, the windows are broken and the ceilings are caving in. An investigation by The Guardian estimated the total amount of abandoned real estate on The Bishops Avenue amounted to £350,000,000 – equal to 120 empty bedrooms. These numbers are staggering and insulting in regards to the current housing crisis in London. This project has sought to bring light to this wanton abandonment.


  • Claire's work at the RCA has been an effort to re-assign lost narratives to ruined and abandoned spaces. A ruin has lost its narrative, but it has gained a new one in its slow and progressive strife with the tenacity of time alone. Ruins are fleeting. They are ephemeral and in constant flux. They are often evidence of failures, loss or atrocity. It is important to remember where we have come from and visual evidence of demise is often most compelling in terms of inspiring any change or reflection.

  • Previous degrees

  • B.Sc Photography, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Red Eye', Art Serve, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2016; 'Abandoned Places: Empty Spaces', Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, 2019
  • Awards

  • Selected, Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX, 2017
Royal College of Art