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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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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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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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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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Sewing The Seeds

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And so the story begins…

There’s a pressure, to begin a tale, especially one that started a few months ago over a pint in a South London boozer on a rainy Monday evening, and make it sound worthy of being the beginning of an exciting adventure. I feel there should be a build up, to create the mood, set the scene, introduce the characters slowly, weave a plot, but we’re long past that now. We’ve reached the stage of staying in on a Saturday night, writing lists, sourcing an overlocker and looking into funding applications. So, to use some artistic license and make this blog in any way interesting I’ll try and refrain from reporting on the complete mundane, but stay true to our journey with its highs and lows.

There are some exciting movements going on in the sustainable fashion industry, people looking to slow fashion down a bit and to help us understand, once again, the value of our attire. There’s a story of a woman stepping out of Primark on Oxford Street with several bags stuffed full of cheap clothes into the heavy rain. She continued to walk on despite one of her overstuffed bags getting wet and breaking, spilling her brand new purchases all over the pavement. The woman failed to pick up her clothes, I suspect, because they weren’t of any particular value to her in the first place. This is a tale of when throwaway fashion simply becomes littering.

Recycling fashion comes under many guises: vintage, second-hand, swapping, upcycled or DIY. There are some brilliant people working away on different areas of the fashion cycle to improve it, whether it be from sourcing new, more sustainable or organic materials and fabrics, or improving manufacturing conditions for workers that feel the repercussions of our demand for cheap clothing by being paid poorly and treated inhumanely. There are people that are attempting to tackle our consumerism and waste, to dispel the myth that eco means ‘hemp’ (itchy), recycling means ‘second-hand’ (dirty or, as someone once said to me “but someone might have died in that”), or reserved for people with ‘no money’ who can’t afford the luxuries of wearing the latest trends. There are some beautiful and innovative labels working to ethical, sustainable or fairtrade values producing trend-led ranges, and there is something to be said about finding a unique garment from a vintage shop that no one else will have.

With so much material in existence we decided to look to extending the lifecycle of our clothes. To intercept clothes and materials that would end up in landfill or in an incinerator (or even strewn across the pavement). If someone has spent the time to make this, if someone once loved this and we can re-use the fabric, then we shall. And this is how USED was born.

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