Angels come to Neasden but just for a month

PUBLISHED: 06:45 10 February 2016

Angels of Neasden exhibition by Yana Stajno is at St Catherine's Church, Dollis Hill Lane

Angels of Neasden exhibition by Yana Stajno is at St Catherine's Church, Dollis Hill Lane


Angels are perhaps not the first thing people will associate with Neasden but a free exhibition hopes to change that perception.

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The Angels of Neasden, by Yana Stajno, is currently taking place at St Catherine’s Church in Dollis Hill Lane, commissioned by arts group Stables In Exile.

Ms Stajno, a 58-year-old from Wood Green, told the Times: “I’d never really been to Neasden before now. It’s very easy to whizz on to Willesden Green and miss it altogether. I had heard things about it and didn’t have a good feeling but people have been really warm and friendly, sweet and charming.”

Her exhibition includes three large and two small oil paintings and one ‘huge’ 12 piece watercolour “much like a graphic novel about an angel in Neasden.”

She added: “As I’d never done church themes before I thought what can I do? I loved the idea of angels, how they fall to earth. They feature in the folklore of all major religions - in Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

“Be careful how you treat a stranger; they might be an Angel.”

The exhibition, which ends on March 5, is open from Monday to Thursday and Saturdays from 10am-2pm, Friday 2pm-5pm and Sundays ‘between services’.

Stuart Gould, curator of Stables in Exile, said: “This is the first solo exhibition we’ve held at St Catherine’s. We were thinking about something that was relevant to the area and Yana thought angels would be a good idea.

“We’re a nurturing gallery. If anyone thinks they could benefit from a show they should get in touch with us.”

Visit Stables in Exile’s Facebook page for more information.

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