06/04/2024 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
Sun Park
Exhibition Opening: Nina Thomas: ‘Place Setting’ @ LUX

We are excited to welcome our audience to the opening of Nina Thomas’s first solo exhibition in London ‘Place Setting’, which was realised in collaboration with Animate Projects and the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent. 

You’re welcome to drop in anytime between 2 pm and 4 pm to experience the exhibition. Artist Nina Thomas will be present for casual conversations.

BSL interpretation will be provided by Lorna Patterson and Tayo Igbintade during the event.

This event is free. RSVP is encouraged.

About the exhibition:

The exhibition title, ‘Place Setting’, alludes to a set of tableware for dining, and also resonates with how lives are shaped by a particular culture, industry and workers. Nina Thomas’s film of the same name explores themes of loss, local history and memory, community, and deaf experience, particularly within the context of Stoke-on-Trent and the ceramics industry. The film layers photography, archival imagery, Spode ceramic patterns, text and captions, with sound by Chu-Li Shewring and text by Nina. The creative descriptive sound captions are a collaboration between Nina and Anita Wolska-Kaslow. Nina approached sound creatively, working with Chu-Li and Anita to think about what sound and silence might mean from a deaf perspective.

As part of her research Nina interviewed Malcolm Johnson and Anne Cartridge who had been pupils at The Mount School for the Deaf in Stoke-on-Trent in the 1960s/1970s, and who went on to spend their working lives in the Potteries. The interviews provide both a context for and documentation of significant local history, feeding into Nina’s interest in what it means to lose deaf clubs and other community spaces which once held rich cultural, linguistic and social value.

‘Place Setting’ was commissioned by Animate Projects and British Ceramics Biennial. The project has been supported by Deaflinks, The Willows School and Spode Museum Trust.

Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Access Information

Getting here: LUX is located in Waterlow Park (Highgate), near the Dartmouth Park Lodge Gate on Dartmouth Park Hill. Please note Waterlow Park is on a hill and from Archway Station there is a steep walk up Highgate Hill. You can learn more about public transport options and their accessibility on our website.

Visual Story: How to get here

Address: LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF, UK. Entrance location on what3words https://w3w.co/rates.fallen.joins

Step Free Access: The LUX building is fully wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilet facilities.

BSL Interpretation: BSL interpretation will be provided by Lorna Patterson and Tayo Igbintade during the event.

Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. Moving image works will be presented with captions.

Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room to be brighter or a lower volume environment.

You can learn more about detailed access information on our website here.

If you have any access needs to attend our events please contact us at +44(0)20 3141 2960 or events@lux.org.uk.


Nina grew up in Staffordshire, and now lives in London.

She works predominantly with film and installation, exploring overlooked or under-explored stories and histories. Recent work has focused on her experience of becoming deaf and subsequently seeking to understand other deaf experiences.

Nina is profoundly deaf, and as a founding member of The Film Bunch, a deaf and hard of hearing film organisation, she has curated the online screening Deaf Experience and was commissioned by Pan Macmillan to create an animation for poet Raymond Antrobus. Her film Silence was commissioned and exhibited by LUX, London in 2020. She has worked on access and advisory projects at the V&A, The Wallace Collection, National Disability Art Collection and Archive (NDACA), The British Museum, Shape Arts and the D4D research programme. Nina is a trustee at Stagetext.

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LUX is London based agency for the support and promotion of artists working with the moving image