SEED BOMB WALK

Some images of the seed bomb walk to plant wild flower seeds along Sunflower Avenue on a sunny Sunday morning in Hackney Wick.

Sona introducing Sunflower Avenue before setting off
Sona introducing Sunflower Avenue before setting off
Charlie bombing behind the wall
Charlie bombing behind the wall
Fence bombing
Fence bombing
Germinating ammunition
Germinating ammunition
Matt and a Wick bomb
Matt and a Wick bomb
Some gardening along the way ...
Some gardening along the way ...
... with a spot of guerrilla DIY
... with a spot of guerrilla DIY
Final bombs from the bridge. Photo by Sona Abantu Choudhury
Final bombs from the bridge. Photo by Sona Abantu Choudhury

WCS 2009 Calendar launch at the Hackney Wick 2012 Community Meeting


Join us for the an outing of the Wick Curiosity Shop and the launch of the WCS 2009 Calender. Thursday the 22nd of January 2009 from 3pm at the Hackney Wick Community Centre. Click here for directions.

The Wick Curiosity Shop 2009 Calendar is a limited edition of collages based on Hackney Wick’s past, present and future. It was made by Polly Brannan from public works and Hilary Powell from Optimistic Productions.
You can purchase a copy for £10 (postage not included) by e-mailing the Wick Curiosity Shop

The Wick Curiosity Shop is an eclectic collection of local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories from or about Hackney Wick. On the day of the Hackney Wick Festival the shop hosted a rich mixture of displays and performances, bringing together the weird and the wonderful found in Hackney Wick.

Beyond the Festival the shop exist on line and as a series of events in which it temporarily assembles. The display and the format in which the shop is presented are changing with each event and the shop archive is continuously growing. We’re slowly collecting an extensive list of contributions made in or inspired by Hackney Wick and the surrounding area.

The Wick Curiosity Shop is a project by public works in collaboration with Pudding Mill River:Purveyors of Sporting Spirits and Foodstuffs commissioned by [SPACE] for the Hackney Wick Festival, which took place on the 27th of September 2008.

Contact us if you would like to contribute something to the shop or if you spot something that needs further explanation. You can also join our mailing list to stay informed about future events.

www.wickcuriosityshop.net

6 month of the Wick Calendar by Hilary Powell

More collaborative village produce



public works together with myvillages.org have been invited by Nick Slater at the Radar arts programme at Loughborough University, to suggest a participatory public project as part of the current Group Process commissioning series.
The proposal was to work with two local groups on the development of a new produce to enter the longer-term International Village Shop initiative.
Research staff from the renowned Sports Technology Department at the University are currently meeting with an informal group of young people from the nearby village of Barrow upon Soar to brainstorm ideas and prototypes for a new sports produce.
A Symposium on Art in the Public Sphere takes place on Thursday 29th Jam 09.

The 'Wick Curiosity Shop' web-site launches


The Wick Curiosity Shop is an eclectic collection of local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories from or about Hackney Wick. Originally commissioned by [Space] for the Hackney Wick Festival. Produced by public works with Pudding Mill River.

The Wick Curiosity Shop exists as a series of events in which it temporarily assembles. The display and the format in which the shop is presented are changing with each event and the shop archive is continuously growing. This way the shop is slowly collecting an extensive list of contributions made in or inspired by Hackney Wick and the surrounding area.

In its most complete form the shop exist on line. The Wick Curiosity Shop Web-site brings all contributions together in one place. You can brows the shop either by looking for individual contributors, by searching all contributions or by events when the shop was open and on site.

Contact us if you would like to contribute something to the shop or spotted something that needs further explanation. You can also join the shop mailing list to stay informed about future events. To find out more about the Hackney Wick Festival visit http://www.hackneywickfestival.org.uk

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launch of 'the whitechapel gift shop' thursday, 27 Nov.


join us for the launch of the whitechapel gift shop

featuring the opening of photographer jon cartwright and the launch of the gift exchange

november 27th, 2008, 7-9pm
the whitechapel gift shop
2a east mount street
london e1 1ba
www.thewhitechapelgiftshop.com
click to view map

The whitechapel gift shop is part of a larger project by public works which sees the transformation of an old pottery building in whitechapel e1 into a (non for profit) gallery and project space as well as the home for pilar and pele cortizo-burgess owners and shop keepers. The premise is organised around a internal 'court yard' and comprises a living quarter that can accommodate previously agreed one off cultural events and the whitechapel gift shop, an informal cultural space engaging with the local community.

the whitechapel gift shop consists of 3 non-commercial parts:
1)artists space: studio space donated to artists for short residencies. The first phase of residencies will host artists: jon cartwright, victoria nightingale, richard and christopher fairhead, frontal, verity keefe, katy binks, kamala katbamna, flip baber. click to see full programme
2)the gift exchange: where ‘gifts’ made by individuals or groups are exchanged for other ‘gifts’, not sold.
3)gifted: a series of workshops and conversations aimed at inspiring individuals and groups to discover and share their gifts.

Building work to the living quarter will start early in 2009 once the first phase of residencies are completed. Both the development of the gift shop and the development of the design for the building works are running in parallel and indirectly inform each other. The project proposes an architectural process which is equally concerned with establishing a new network of social relationships as well as delivering a physical environment which can support those new relationships as they are being played out and expanded over time.

Both aspects of the project explore notions of recycling and reusing which ultimately will inform the aesthetics of the build.

public works joins round table discussion for CREATIVE TRANSFORMATIONS book launch in Belfast, Monday 17th Nov


The panel-led discussion will be held at
4.00 pm in room 82E04, Belfast Campus,
Ulster University.

public works presentation at Brussels Architecture Institute (Ibai)


On Wednesday 5th November at 20.00,
as part of the 2008 Ibai lecture series,
on invitation by Isabelle doucet for recyclart

"INSIDE OUT/SIDE IN
After having explored the theme of ‘hybridisation of space’ through a closer look at architecture and urbanism practices with a specific focus on co-production of space and the particular attention this required for architectural representation, the coming ibai-lectures will explore the notion of hybridisation through a closer look at the public/private tension of public/private urban space. Under the theme INSIDE OUT/SIDE IN two evenings will be organised, inviting each time an architectural ‘practice’ that has an original and hybrid way to address this tension, and a ‘thinker’ who will reflect on such approaches from a more theoretical/philosophical point of view."

Höfer Goods goes in its 3rd year - village fete stall and films on Sun 5th October in Höfen near Bamberg, Upper Frankonia, Southern Germany



image: local pre pre launch of the films earlier this summer

public works together with myvillages.org and Grizedale Arts have been producing 8 short films which document the makers and making of different village produce. Three of the films have been shot in Höfen and show the making of the butterspoon, the doylless bag and the jar lamp - all former Höfer Goods produce.
This years - alongside well known conserves and other things - we' ll be showing and selling the films on DVD.
The films will be launched in the UK on 13th November 2008 as part of the New Seasons exhisbition at the Royal Academy and together with other film projects curated by Grizedale Arts for the Agrifashionista.tv project.

Wick Curiosity Shop at the Hackney Wick Festival

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Visit the Wick Curiousity Shop at the Hackney Wick Festival
Saturday the 27th of September from 1PM - 5PM at the

www.wickcuriosityshop.net/
www.hackneywickfestival.org.uk

The Wick Curiosity Shop is an eclectic collection of local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories from or about Hackney Wick. On the day of the Hackney Wick Festival 2008 the shop will offer a rich mixture of displays and performances, bringing together the weird and the wonderful found in Hackney Wick. The Wick Curiosity Shop is produced by artists public works and Pudding Mill River.

View detailed programme of the shop -> curiosity-shopt-timetable.pdf
View pdf of the Festival Poster -> hackney-wick-festival-lowres.pdf

The Wick Curiosity Shop will be based on the mobile porch - a mobile piece of mini architecture, which has been roaming around the area in August and September.

Art and Regeneration in Folkestone. Presentations and Debate on Friday 12 Sep


Art and Regeneration.
A half day symposium from 14.00 10 18.00
followed by a public round table discussion at 18.30
Friday 12th September 2008

Georges House,
8 the Old High Street,
Folkestone,
Kent CT20 1RL, UK
T: 44 (0) 1303 244533

The event is an initiative by public works as part of the Folkestone Triennial and in association with Folkestone based Strange Cargo, Club Shepway, The Creative Foundation and the Research Network Forum.

The half day symposium brings together a number of practitioners and organisations from Folkestone and the South East Coast, who are involved in cultural programmes that are linked to regeneration issues.

Art and Regeneration are two terms frequently used to describe current changes in Folkestone. The event wants to provide a platform to look at actual cultural programmes and initiatives, and to discuss overlaps and differences in existing and projected ideas and strategies for Folkestone.

Programme

13.30 Registration
14.00 Welcome by Strange Cargo and public works
14.10 Introduction by public works
14.40 Presentation by Brigitte Orasinski from Strange Cargo followed
15.10 Presentation by Nick Ewbank Creative Foundation followed by questions
15.40 Coffeebreak
16.00 Presentation by Andrea Schlieker from Folkestone Triennial followed by questions
16.30 Presentation by Laura Mansfield and Matt Rowe from Club Shepway followed by questions
17.00 Break out Session
17.45 Plenum and feedback from the 2 Sessions
18.00 Break and Refreshments

18.30 – 20.00
Public panel discussion with

Andrea Schlieker (Folkestone Triennial)
Nick Ewbank (Creative Foundation)
Paul Rennie (Folkestone Research Network Forum)
Laura Mansfield (Club Shepway)
Brigitte Orasinski (Strange Cargo)

Chaired by Kathrin Böhm (public works)

The event is free, but seats are limited.
For more information and bookings please contact Kathrin@publicworksgroup.net

About the partners organising the event
(all texts are taken from the organisation’s websites)

public works is a London based artist and architects collective involved in this year’s Folkestone Triennial. public works develops physical and non physical models to allow for a participatory and cross-hierarchical reflection and shaping of public spaces. Their contribution to the triennial is a mobile mapping station called “Folkestonomy” (www.folkestonomy.net) which traces everyday cultural spaces within the town and compiles individual mappings in a growing on line map.
www.publicworksgroup.net

Strange Cargo
Over its eleven year lifespan, Strange Cargo has established a reputation for high profile quality public art, and has delivered award-winning projects, including Like the Back of my Hand, an extensive installation at Folkestone Central station which recently won the Rouse Kent Public Art Award. In its public art involvement, Strange Cargo seeks to create works of context, leaving communities with lasting meaningful landmarks and a sense of participation in their surrounding environment.
www.strangecargo.org.uk/

Club Shepway
Club Shepway is a group of emerging artists and writers based in Folkestone. Playing with local histories, hidden memories and current affairs Club Shepway is concerned with the social and commercial development occurring in the area. Through events, exhibitions and interventions Club Shepway aims to develop an active arena of cultural debate within the current process of regeneration.
www.clubshepway.com

Creative Foundation
How do you regenerate a once-fashionable but now faded seaside town?
The regeneration question matters across Britain, and for the Folkestone-based Creative Foundation it demands an innovative answer: we want to revitalise the town by attracting and harnessing the energies of creative people and businesses.
www.creativefoundation.org.uk

Folkestone Triennial
One of the of the most ambitious public art projects to be presented in the UK, the Triennial is a three-yearly exhibition of works which will be specially commissioned for public spaces throughout Folkestone. The selected artists have responded to the invitation with proposals for artworks that engage with the Kent coastal town’s history, population, culture and built environment to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition.
The Triennial is conceived and curated by curator Andrea Schlieker, co-curator of the British Art Show 2005/06, and aims to examine changing notions of art in the public realm. The inaugural Folkestone Triennial will include both temporary works, which will remain in situ for the three months of the show, and a number of permanent works. This pattern will be repeated in subsequent Triennials so that, over time, Folkestone will become a centre for contemporary art of the highest calibre.
www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk

Regeneration Network Forum
The Research Network Forum (RNF) is organised by Dr Paul Rennie of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. It is hosted by University Centre Folkestone and is supported by the Creative Foundation.
The RNF will take place over three separate days over the summer of 2008. The RNF coincides with the Folkestone Triennial – an international festival of contemporary public sculpture.
The town of Folkestone is a historic seaside resort on the south coast of Britain (located at the English end of the Channel Tunnel). Like many seaside towns, it has suffered from a variety of economic and social problems that devolve from the perception of economic marginalisation and collapse of the traditional English seaside holiday.
Those problems are now being actively addressed through cultural regeneration. The Creative Foundation is engaged in promoting this regeneration through a variety of initiatives, not least the 2008, 2011 and 2014 Folkestone Triennials. In addition, the arrival of HS1 rail services to-and-from London will place Folkestone at one end of a development corridor stretching from King’s Cross to East Kent, via the Olympic sites of East London.
Accordingly, Folkestone is a uniquely qualified environment in which to investigate the effectiveness of these regeneration strategies and to elaborate the interdisciplinary and collaborative methodologies that will support the proper analysis of regeneration economics.
www.rennart.co.uk/rnf.html