A group of artists, some of whom are also Members of Cardboard Citizens, are taking over Toynbee Hall as part of the Nocturnal Creatures festival run by Whitechapel Gallery. The event takes place on Saturday 23 July between 6pm and 11pm. This is a FREE festival taking place in around the historic spaces around the gallery, featuring live performances, installations, DJ sets, film and music.

We are working with the following artists as part of the festival. For full biographies on each artist see end of page.

Sana Amos – will bring a piece of work that focuses on the journey between Angel Alley and Toynbee Hall and the huge contrasts you encounter making this journey.

Clare Barstow – will be looking at the history of Angel Alley with a monologue she has written.

Liv Wynter – is creating a video manifesto exploring the importance of subculture and how music has played a part in the political histories of Toynbee Hall and Angel Alley.
Work curated by Liv Wynter, generously performed by Aidan Evans-Jesra and Caitlin Power.

There will also be the chance to take part in an emotional mapping exercise led by Resolve Collective.

This partnership with Whitechapel Gallery is part of our new strand of local arts programming for Tower Hamlets residents. Over the next three years, we will co-create creative opportunities by, with and for communities across the borough.

Artist biographies

Sana Amos
Sana Amos is a writer and visual word artist that upcycles found images and words.

Clare Barstow
I studied Classics and Ancient History at Royal Holloway College, University of London before taking a diploma in Journalism at the London College of Printing and working at various publishers on a variety of magazines including Tatler and Music Week. More recently I have worked at Inside Times and The View magazine. I am a volunteer for several prison charities and regularly give talks in prison and the community. I teach creative writing and facilitate other workshops at a woman’s hostel in Brixton. I also write and act in plays and have had several performed in various theatres around the world with companies such as London Shakespeare Workout, Hackney Community Theatre and Pimlico Opera Society. I am a member of Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company and have been involved in the Angel Alley project as part of the artist selection panel and the ongoing development panel. I am also a member of Clean Break and Synergy Theatre companies. I am currently working on a multimedia project with the NGO Creative Genies. As an artist I recently curated two exhibitions called Freedom: Terms and Conditions and had work exhibited in over 20 shows nationwide. I do fine art, digital art and installations as well as performance art. My work looks at the themes of feminism, diversity, inclusion, homelessness, activism, technology versus spirituality and the myth of the fairytale.

Liv Wynter
Liv Wynter is a grassroots organiser and performer bouncing between SE15 and N15. They create live art, sometimes alone but more often with bands and collectives. Their 2022 has been spent touring stadiums with Queer House Party and being banned from the Southbank Centre for decapitating the Queen. They have written two plays (Rise of the Refrain 2021, And So The Choir Gathers 2019) which both featured live music, untrained performers, and sold out their runs. They recently launched How To Catch A Pig, a sell out night where their band press.release and DJ duo Dance Mums are residents. Liv previously worked at The Outside Project, an LGBTIQ+ homeless shelter and was part of the team that opened STAR Refuge, London’s first LGBTIQ domestic violence refuge, during Covid. Liv stands in solidarity with all groups organising against oppression. Quit your job, join a band, start a gang.