‘What once was, along Goodsway‘ was an exhibition of photography and audio by artists and former residents of the community who lived at Goods Way moorings on the canal in Kings Cross until 2007.
Some of the members of the community had lived at the mooring for more than twenty years when in 2007, following a long dispute with the Kings Cross Central Developers, all residents were given a three-month notice to vacate the moorings in order to make way for the regeneration of the area.
I was contacted by the community, who had asked if we (University of the Arts London Students’ Union) could help to find students/artists from our university to document their final months at the moorings. I agreed to help and found photographers such as Sylvie Goy and Andrew Watson to help. I eventually asked the community if they would be happy to have the work exhibited, to which they agreed.
In February 2008 ‘What once was, along Goodsway‘ was exhibited at Central Saint Martins ‘We Art Arts Gallery’ (part of the Students’ Union) in Holborn, central London. Following the exhibition Jane Rapley (Central Saint Martins Head of College at that time) arranged for some of the works from the exhibition to be added to the college’s official archives.
The site around Goods Way moorings became a new home to Central Saint Martins College (part of University of the Arts London) in 2011, the first of many new occupants of the huge development that continues in Kings Cross until 2017.