A triangular patch of London comprising three adjoining streets once seceded from the UK, or at least tried to. The wantaway territory known as Frestonia was a commune of squatters, radicals, punks, hippies and the disaffected salt of the Earth.
The west London enclave gained notoriety nationally and internationally for declaring independence, and over the coming years managed an inordinate amount of communal output before eventually fizzling, acquiescing to local housing authorities.
Forty years on, the Frestonian Gallery, which back then served as the ‘People's Hall’, is exhibiting the work of photographer Tony Sleep in ‘Welcome to Frestonia’, celebrating the lifespan and spirit of the republic.
The exhibition will be running until November 11.
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