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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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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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We Only Gone And Done It!

We’d like to thank you for your support in helping our community project reach our fundraising target, for believing in us, spreading the word and digging deep. We now have the funds to start moving into a space provided by 3Space.

A MEGA BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE >>>>>>>>>>

Becca and Tom Sharrocks, Ellie Emptage, Rod Bower, Sophie Williams, Neil Usher, Kevin Rimmer, Lora Heinl-Rimmer, Iain Whiteley, Jeanne Griffiths, Susie Cell, Sandra Pearce, Elizabeth Millen, Sandra and Violet Garbet, Dan Eldridge, Paul Shellard, Danny Staple, Robert Watts, Leo Heinl, Veronica Csertoi and Deborah Byrne, Rosa Martyn, Scott Bradbury (Chips for the Poor), Tom Gilroy, Kim Hankinson, Jim Meredith, Naomi Bristow, Maren Grotemeier, John Porteus, Julie Norburn, Ellie Keeble and Bex Mullins.

It was with your help that we made equipment out of wood found on the streets of London, with the help of sculptor Philip White, and with reclaimed fabric that we made into yarn, we headed down to the Crisis Rough Sleeper’s Centre to make scarves with the hundreds of homeless people over the festive Christmas period.

We hope that in 2012 we will continue to work with organisations that work with vulnerable people, build up strong links with the local community and to find creative solutions for textile waste.

With your continued support, we’ve got a feeling 2012 will be a good one.

We hope you have a good one too!

Sarah, Meghan and Rosie x

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