Fitzrovia Festival 2015 opens tonight with an exhibition and a silent auction of artworks created as part of a series of community development projects spanning more than 20 years.

Embroidered artwork illustration man holding a bird on glove.
Man with bird. One of seven quilted wall hangings handmade for the Bangladeshi Mela 2002. 88cm x 140cm. Photo: Sogand Bahram.

The handmade quilts, wall hangings, panels and decorative textile craftworks will be on display at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre in Tottenham Street. All the items were made by women attending needlework and art classes organised by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, a registered charity.

Woman sitting playing tanpura.
Woman playing a tanpura. 80cm x 140cm.  Photo: Sogand Bahram.

Many of the items were inspired by British Museum exhibitions and embrace Bangladeshi and British culture.

A silent auction of selected artworks is being held to raise money to provide future community art projects.

Fitzrovia Women’s Community Art: Exhibition and Sale. 6.00pm to 8.00pm weekdays from Wednesday 3 June to Friday 12 June. Private view (but everyone welcome) with refreshments: 6pm to 8pm Thursday 4 June. Free exhibition: Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4RX. An online auction catalogue is here.

Fitzrovia Festival 2015 will continue until 28 June. Full list of events is here.