Reference NumberP/SIE
Alternative Reference NumberP/MIS/358
TitleWorks of Alice Sielle
DescriptionDigital copies of original artwork about Altab Ali's murder for the film Cable Street to Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell and Hazuan to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.
Medium: monotype and frottage. Includes paper print outs.

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AdminHistoryLondon-born artist Alice Sielle specialises in painting abstracts. The aforementioned records are digital copies of original artwork, produced for the feature film 'From Cable Street to Brick Lane' (2012). The film, which was made to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, drew on the murder of Altab Ali and the centrality of Brick Lane.

Her use of the abstract to showcase local landmarks can be seen in 'Stations of The Cross ' at St. Barnabas' Church, Bethnal Green. The work, which was commissioned in 2004, is a series of prints depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion, together with accompanying prayers. Small-scale linocuts have been framed and placed at regular intervals around the church.

Early in her career, Alice Sielle exhibited oils and water colours in the West Country, having studied at the Bath Academy of Art.* Local shows include, notably, an exhibition of monotypes staged at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in November 2015.** Inspiration came via the murder of Altab Ali (1978) and the role of Brick Lane as a hub for immigrants and people fleeing persecution. The resulting monotypes became integral to the aforementioned 'From Cable Street to Brick Lane'.**

Among other exhibitions are 'Dog Show '(1998); 'Hidden Art' (1998) and 'Six Ravens and A Website '(2010) at the London Exhibition For Shelter, Tredegar Square. Part of the site was an air raid shelter during World War Two.*** 'Altab Ali' (2016) and 'Hope Not Hate '(2018) were shown at the Brady Centre. Her work was recently shown at the gallery of the Swadhinata Trust.

Sources of information:
'Stations of The Cross' (2004): Alice Sielle in
*'Paintings On Show ': p.21 in Somerset Guardian/Standard, 25th January, 1974 (British Newspaper Archive)
**'Brick Lane Monotype Exhibition Unveiled ', in 2015)
***'Tredegar Square:Mile End History ' in
CustodialHistoryThese records were collected as part of a Bengali Collections Development project by Shahera Begum, Heritage Trainee during 2011. She also interviewed individuals and created oral histories, see collection ref: O/BEE and brochure 'The Bengali East End: Histories of Life and Work in Tower Hamlets'. Visit

This material significantly broadened the range of collections from and about the Bengali community in Tower Hamlets. If you would like to add further material to our collections please contact us.
RelatedMaterialExplore the following individual collections listed below which are held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. They have been received as part of an ongoing Bengali Collections Development project since 2011. The list provides the collection reference number and collection name.

B/LEA Tom Learmonth Photography
B/SEH Shepheard Epstein and Hunter, architects

Institutional organisations:
I/BRA Banglatown Restaurants Associations
I/EME Ethnic Minority Enterprise
I/KNC Kobi Nazrul Centre
I/TTF Tower Hamlets Training Forum and Bengali Mahila Samity

Local authority:
L/THL/G/2/2 London Borough of Tower Hamlets: council papers on Altab Ali Park

Oral histories:
O/BEE Bengali East End oral histories

Papers of individuals:
P/EAD John Eade
P/EVE John Eversley
P/GOS Bidhan Goswami (including P/GOS/1/1 Bangladesh Welfare Association and P/GOS/2 Brick Lane Mosque publications)
P/MIN Kendrio Shaheed Minar
P/RAU Mahmoud A Rauf
P/SIE Alice Sielle
P/UDD Mrs Uddin
P/ULH Rafique Ullah
P/ULL Ansar Ahmed Ullah

S/BYL Bangladesh Youth League
PhysicalDescriptionThe original works were scanned into smaller images and given in digital format to Shahera Begum. These digital copies were printed at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.
Access StatusOpen
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