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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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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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NO SWEAT SWAP

SUNDAY 15TH APRIL sees our first clothes swapping event at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. The aim? To find your old clothes a new home, to talk shop and pick up a few new skills in the comfort of an East End boozer.

We’ll be joined by a panel including: Lyla Patel from TRAID, Nadia Idle from War On Want and Anna Hesse from Here Today Here Tomorrow discussing the topic of ‘Clothing With A Conscience > How To Be An Informed Consumer’.

The slow clothes swap will commence after the discussion, along with an embroidery workshop run by Rosa Martyn and a knitting workshop with Anna.

All proceeds from the event will go towards funding our project ‘Waste Through Work’. A community project working with young unemployed women.

More details can be found on our facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you and your unwanted clothes there!

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Bank Of Ideas

Brought to you by the people of Occupy London: the Bank of Ideas is a unique space in an abandoned UBS building in Hackney. The building had been vacant for a number of years and the Occupy movement is offering a platform to those that welcome change and the sharing of ideas and skills by cleaning it up and opening it to the public to use.

Whilst we see libraries, community centres and youth groups close due to lack of funding, and with a growing trend of spaces lying dormant and unoccupied; the Bank of Ideas offer a free open-access centre for them to continue their good work in a building that has been left neglected.

Education through thought-provoking lectures, discussions and debates, creative workshops, a library, a cinema and live performances are just some of what is on offer to bring people together to encourage free-thinking and skill-sharing.

To show our support we will be doing a free workshop, open to all and everyone, on Saturday 10th December between 12 and 4pm, making soft furnishings out of reclaimed materials to help regenerate this inspiring space for as long as we have it.

Visit the events page for more details: http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/

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