One of the highlights of a visit to the Historic Chatham Dockyard is going back in time in the immense Ropery and joining in the activity of making rope in the same way that has been done for many years. We all have a fascination with seeing craftsmen at work, when so many things today are computer-generated. Craftsmen are showing there skills at gallery@oxo as the Guild of Mastercraftsmen’s celebration of British craft, as part of London Craft Week, along with a display of examples of many different styles of craftsmanship, traditional and modern, a perfect link both to the exhibition in the old Bargehouse across the yard and to the many designers and craftsmen and women whose studios and outlets fill the Oxo Tower.
Also on show is Lois O’Hara’s mural ‘Colour is Power’ which wraps around the first floor lift lobby. Lois has a joyful passion for colour being a force for good in terms of people’s wellbeing and on places, as seen in her recent massive project of a Basketball Art Court in Brighton which is an artwork, the regeneration of an underutilised asset in a challenging neighbourhood as a place for the community to come together. On a dismal wet May day, the Oxo Tower does need some colour to bring joy to its visitors!