DX14 SUCCESS

11428_13687Soo after another naughty little break- finally some pretty exciting- The Living Room Project has been accepted into Deptfod X Arts Festival. 

Deptford X exists to promote the best contemporary visual art and celebrate that art with the widest possible audience. It is an arts event born of Deptford’s creative community and based on a belief in the limitless potential of the area.

The festival brings together some of the greatest artists from around the globe to Deptford, south-east London and mixes them with some of the most creative talent living in the area’

Taking place 26th September – 5th October in and around Deptford!

Hurray for The Living Room and hurray DX14. Together we will be beautiful!!

Since I began to work on this project a year ago I have been lucky enough to meet and work with lots of different groups, organisations and individuals local to Lewisham but also across London. The content of these meetings has been diverse from gardening projects to teenage fashion and photography projects. Each one has had ups and downs but have ultimately been valuable experience and ones that I will be able to draw from in the planning and delivery of The Living Room Project.

So this has had some effect on the shape of the project and the decisions that I am now making as the dates, places and support are becoming confirmed.Some workshops have already been facilitated earlier this year with a sixth form center. and the next lot have been confirmed to take place in August with Deptford Action Group for Elderly (DAGE) at their tea room and charity shop on Deptford High Street. The rest will (fingers crossed) be confirmed this week- with hopefully quite a few free public workshops taking place so be sure to watch out for them. More details will follow as I draw up a exciting jam packed timetable

I am also very happy to confirm that I have now secured a space for the Living Room to take place during Deptford X. So after a small wait I am very pleased that my first choice…. (drum roll please) The Deptford Lounge are on board and will be the hosts of the project for the duration of DX14.

So please keep in touch with the project- through the my twitter or through the Think Big blog which has more regular updates.

 

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So plans have been beginning to take off for the living room! There have been a few delays due to other exciting commitments which have kept me super busy plus a decision to slightly re structure. the project. If all goes to plan- things will be taking off in the new year with the brilliant new plan and programme to for the brilliant brand new year!

But 2013 has also been great for working out exactly what the project will be, who it will be for and where it will take place! So I have been out and about running workshops, making bits and bobs and trying to make up my mind!
Here are a collection of photographs from some of these sessions which have been varied from planting daffodils, to screen printing and sewing!

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Flying pilots

Bigger Thinking

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After the success of MAS workshop/ exhibition and exchange, a new project has slowly been coming together. MAS was a great pop-up project that was able to utilise a community space for a fun and creative event but it was short and relatively small.

Sooo a new project has been developed out of MAS and this time it’s much bigger, theres more stuff going on for more people and it will last longer. It’s just much bigger, better and mega exciting!!

The Living Room will evolve from a programme of workshops and conversations with the community and culminate in the recreation of a typical homely and usable living room space within the gallery. The objective of the project is to explore changing spaces, values and interactions for communities that are going though transition in relation to regeneration, recession and globalisation, whilst also exploring the opportunities and value and of the arts in this respect. To engage with wide audiences, the Living Room will involve both community groups and a wider public to fill the gallery space with totemic objects representing significant values.

The same as MAS, The Living Room has been lucky enough to be granted support from Think Big.  THANKS to YOU THINK BIG!!

So there are a few more plans and things to be sorted but please keep an eye out for opportunities and events. I’m hoping there will be lots of time and space to get a great public programme organised and it would be fantastic to have lots of people involved with this.

Watch this space!

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MAS Print/Exhibition/Exchange @Number82

ImageA big Thank you to all of those who became involved in MAS in the short space of time that elapsed between idea/ call out and delivery. Thursday’s workshop and show went really well- the show was a great mix of interesting practices and was lovely to meet some of you at the exchange

 So without further ado… the results of the MAS exchange are as follows: 

Evelyn Albrow took away Joseph Claridge

Joseph Claridge took away Rebecca Snow

Rebecca Snow took away Rosie Chamberlain

Ellin Jane took away Thomas Murphy

Alice Bradshaw will get Ellin Jane through the post

Rosie Carr took away Jacob Hicks

Rosie Chamberlain took away Alice Bradshaw

Rosa Martyn took away Evelyn Albrow

Jacob Hicks took away Emma Cousin

Emma Cousin was given Rosie Carr 

Thomas Murphy can have Rosa Martyn (but I think number82 have it) 

Klaus Pinter was taken away by everyone

Jonathan Kelham dropped his dot to dot submission off a day late! Shame 

Hope everyone was happy with the results and their take away art piece! For anyone interested in any of the work/ artists involved in MAS then please get in touch through usedcic@gmail.com and I can forward details on. ImageImageImageImageAlso a big Thank you to the screen-printers who attended the workshop pre-showtime.  A very DIY workshop but really happy with the results and the added submissions to MAS looked great in the exhibition. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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MAS exhibition

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So following on from everything USED have been getting up to- it’s time for some new projects. The first is close approaching MAS exhibition at Number 82, Tanners Hill, South East London 

MAS is the latest project from USED and our first project in South East London. The exhibition follows a series of successful swapping events and for the first time USED will be focussing on Arts practice. MAS will explore notions of value, ownership and exchange in relation to the arts and the community settings in which we will be situated. Contributing practitioners are invited to participate in exchange of works during the opening evening: 20th June 2013 6.30-8.30pm 

MAS is taking submissions for works on paper which we will be exhibited for a one night pop-exhibition and art exchange. Artists wishing to submit should email a short outline of their intended submission including size, medium and if they wish to participate in the swap. Only works on paper will be accepted and can be submitted by post or drop off at the space up until the morning of the 20th June. 

Deadline for postal applications: 17th June

A printmaking workshop will also be run between 4pm and 6pm at Number 82. Anyone wishing to participate in this should email to book a space. 

To get involved: usedcic@gmail.com 

For more information about number 82 

http://www.number82.org/number82.org/home.html

For regular updates- Please follow MAS

https://twitter.com/USEDprojects

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GOOD TO SEE YOU PRESS

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The multi media arts launch in Deptford has been covered in the News Shopper and This is Local London.. Hurrah for saying thanks!!

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A little information on a recent project that I worked on: launched 11th May 2013 in Deptford Market 

The good to see you project arose as a concept arts project that explores visibility, invisibility and who and when we give Thanks. Focussing on the work of street cleaners working in and around Deptford Market, South East London, we aim to create awareness and interaction between the local community and those working here.

Street Cleaners have often long and isolated working patterns. The work is physically demanding and repetitive. The job brings a stigma of associated with waste, dirt and the discarded items that litter our streets. For this reason it is our perceived understanding that often people tend to keep distance, ignore or forget about the individuals that are maintaining the spaces that we carry out the activities of our lives. Keeping streets clean has a direct impact on the way we feel about our community and ourselves. Clean streets and spaces help us to feel positive and proud of who and where we are, which in turn benefits the experiences of a community.

 The Good to see you project will help understand and encourage acknowledgement and the giving of thanks to the individuals that are performing these services for us, reinforcing and promoting the positive experience of community. Using conversation, working with reclaimed materials and performance we hope to trigger a consideration of awareness and understanding among the participating public that will be fed back to both the street cleaners through messages, cards and activities of those who engage with the ideals of the project.

To keep updated with the project and if you would like to add to the collection of thanks/ good to see you stories via facebook group 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodtoseeyouproject/

 

Life oh Life

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So as i mentioned we have all been up to lots of stuff and it has been a busy year for the three of us and a lot of things have changed! Some good and some just well what happens in little projects 

Sarah is now an education officer working hard and full time for Traid . Rosie is just starting an exciting 16mm film project with a community group un hull that will run through this summer to create a monument to Charlie Chaplin. So that leaves me (Meghan) and basically I am gonna carry on planning more projects through USED. I’ll be putting up more details soon but so far it all going well. 

Sadly we gave up our studio space on Oxford Street in January 2013. The space and support that we were given throughout 2012 from 3space was a huge in helping us to develop our little project. At the end of the year though the three of us felt the need to be situated in a community that we could reach and interact with. Unfortunately a great a location as Oxford Street is, it just wasn’t suited for this. 

So current and future projects are most likely to based in Lewisham and South East London so keep an eye out for us. And again a big thank you to 3space for their help and support- anyone looking for space then check them out. new spaces and projects constantly popping up all over the place 

Peckham Peace

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So it’s the first post for quite some time! But no worries these thing’s happen or don’t- and other things happen!

So we have all been up too quite a lot over the last year and I’m gonna try and do a speedy update and cover a few of the projects that us USED girls have been kept busy with!So from July to December 2012, I (meg) completed a six month placement at the groovy green Peckham Space. In my  role as gallery assistant I had the luck to oversee the arrival of The Peckham Peace Wall and Peckham Peace Blanket.

So for those who don’t know about The Peace Blanket

‘Peckham Peace Wall by Garudio Studiage celebrates the wall of post-it notes of love and respect for the area which grew on Rye Lane following the disorder of last year, and launched on the 8th August 2012 to mark this one year anniversary..Viewing the Peckham Peace Wall up close, community members are able to read the notes and re-find their own contribution within the piece which spans the 3m x 9m western wall of Peckham Square, SE15. These are also interspersed with blank ‘notes’ onto which new comments can be made. Started by four members of Peckham Shed Theatre Company on a board covering the broken window outside Poundland, the original Peckham Peace Wall attracted the involvement of thousands of local people whose comments grew to eventually fill seven hoardings.’ -http://www.peckhamspace.com/whats-on/exhibitions/peckham-peace-wall

But the best part was Peckham Space’s Peace Blanket by Mhairi Macaulay, a camberwell art college drawing student. So throughout August I helped to facilitate the creation of the blanket, by delivering embroidery workshops and assembling contributions. Hundreds of felt squares were stitiched together with messages of peace and love for Peckham one year on from the disorder.The month also saw the first Peckham Peace festival and Southwark Arts Forum Boundless Arts festival! Possibly my busiest day at Peckham Space, with squares being churned out and the space filled with peace and love!!

So after August 2011, the fair people of Peckham also wanted to keep a record of their messages- quite rightly. So Peckham Space organised for USED’s Sarah to stitch together the squares into a beautiful blanket. This can be seen in Peckham Library for 2013 so  if passing please do go and admire Sarahs and Peckham’s fine needlework

And fingers crossed for more Peckham peace- especially with festivals and stitching!

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The Laundry Project

USED aim to raise awareness about key issues of consumption and sustainability whilst introducing skills to help people reclaim ownership of their lives. We want this message to be accessible to everyone and personal situations shouldn’t stop anyone participating. Through community projects we feel that we can make positive change.

The Laundry Project was designed as a series of workshops exploring stories and opinions with a group of women who have experienced homelessness now, or in their past. Throughout the project USED and the women will work through creative processes and disciplines to stitch together stories and explore the key issues of the UK homeless.

This project has been supported by donors to the Goldsmiths Annual Fund and awarded funding from IdeasTap.

IdeasTap is a charity that funds, connects and nurtures new creative talent. It was launched in December 2008 as the arts platform of The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust. In the past year IdeasTap has supported young artists with around £200,000 of cash funding.

We aim to curate and present the work made during this project at an exhibition in May on Oxford Street, thanks to our friends, 3space.

Updates on The Laundry Project and the upcoming exhibition can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/USEDcic

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