These pages have fragments of 10 years of process-based practice in collaboration with residents of Wenlock Barn Estate in East London.
We called the process FreeSpace as it explored the potential of what happens when land is brought into collective use. This work has cultivated our practice and approach as artists. What it means to be in a collective process and the development of our thematics of The Village Scale and Handheld Knowledge.
Over the years we worked with residents to claim and care for 5 pieces of land on the Estate. These previously fenced in pieces of grass have since become places for the cultivation of care and culture through a number of processes including; performance, ritual, cooking, planting, collaborative design and co-construction.
The stories that have emerged have produced knowledge for locating a new type of ‘commons’. Our projects on the Estate have won several awards for sustained and diverse participation.
FreeSpace crafts slow time space between people and soil. Spaces that are within and for the community – spaces that are public, collective and organised.
Our projects celebrate the architecture that believes in the gathering, in sharing, in warmth, in working through difference and conflict, in coming together, in groups, in people making their own power.
“One of the few projects that have truly delivered cross generational, cross gender, cross ethnicity, cross ablebodied and not; it has enabled neighbours on one of the most troubled areas on a troubled estate to get to know each other and develop a sense of community, succeeding to become part of the fabric of the estate.”
– Anna Eagar, Director of Housing and Urban Regeneration Shoreditch Trust
We continue to make work in response to this collaboration including:
BREADROCK, 16mm film and exhibition PEER
2017 Permissible Notations of |16mm film
Harvesting the Commons June 2016 – October 2017
2014 The Storm
2013 astate |Cities Methodologies
2013 Traveling Lecture Series | UCL Urban Lab, ]performance space[, Residents homes
2013-2015 OPEN HOUSE London
2008 The Shoreditch Festival