A year after the criminalisation of squatting in residential homes, an exhibition - held, appropriately, in a handsome squatted building in east London - has opened to celebrate the history and continuing relevance of squatting in the capital.
Made Possible by Squatting challenges the everyday media myths and misconceptions of squatters and shows their artistic, intellectual and historic value in a clean and friendly space. "We wanted to tell the story of squatting on our own terms and to celebrate it," says one of the organisers, 31-year old gardener William Ronan.
The show - attended on its opening night by an eclectic a mix of young and old, parents and carers, Punks, Goths and Suits - collects photographs, audio, paintings, film and information from a range of periods and places over the last hundred years. Adrian Nettleship's 'Occupy and Explore' was a particularly heart-warming interactive project giving users the chance to explore a squat and meet the people in it using photography and audio.