Lansbury Wall is Live!

Our latest collaborative artwork is up at the Lansbury Estate, Poplar!

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Huge thanks to the key locals who helped design and paint the wall, and who recorded, edited and composed the sound piece, including: Christopher, Bo, Natalia, Natasha, Sheena, Charlotte, Daisy, Camille, Tim, Lorraine, Shahid, Gary, Olivia and last but by no means least, Evelyn, our next door neighbour (Evelyn's Cards) who even got her own personalised sign as part of the art work.

We think the work reflects some of the historic, current and future forms of architectural and social space that centre around the market and the Lansbury Estate. The piece alludes to the industrial history and forward-thinking architecture of the area, the presence of various cultural identities through time, the currently changing make-up of the market and it's survival as the future looms large.

Take a look and have a listen here.

Our latest Wall is underway at the Lansbury Estate

We're currently in the midst of our latest project - a new collaborative artwork created with community members of the Lansbury Estate, Poplar. We've been talking with traders and residents, and working with them to begin creating the new work. Together we've listened to the sounds of the estate and made audio recordings, sketched the iconic architectural features of the area, drunk lots of tea and eaten a fair number of biscuits.

Sketching from the top of the Clock Tower, designed by architect Frederick Gibberd

Sketching from the top of the Clock Tower, designed by architect Frederick Gibberd

Christopher's sketch

Christopher's sketch

A particular highlight so far has been our access to the clock tower, which provides amazing views of the area, and has stimulated great conversations about the current changing face of the Chrisp Street Market. We also had deep and stimulating discussions over the difficulties of urban regeneration with local market traders.  

Surveying the landscape to the North of Chrisp Street.

Surveying the landscape to the North of Chrisp Street.

Deep in discussion...

Deep in discussion...

As ever, we're fully aware here of the complexities in creating a fully collaborative and site-responsive piece of art, one which aims to be representative of current issues, and act as a platform for further conversation. As independent artists, we are able to adopt a more neutral position than those with a particular standpoint on the subject of change, development and regeneration. In just a few days, we've heard a wide and varied set of opinions on the current plans for Chrisp Street Market.

We act independently, we are not funded by the developers, our practice is collaborative from start to finish, and the output of this process-based work aims to incorporate the variety of views we encounter. We hope the artwork can act as a framework for conflicting opinions to co-exist in parallel, and to begin to engage in dialogue. 

Following this intensive project week, we're really looking forward to the panel discussion on the 29th April, for which we invite all those with an interest and opinion on this work to come along!

   

New Project: Lansbury Estate, Poplar with V&A Museum

We've recently been getting to know the Lansbury Estate, Poplar in East London.

Through the V&A Lansbury Micro Museum, we enjoyed a brilliant day learning a huge amount about the history, industry and current identity of the area and the people who live and work there. There was a fascinating walking tour by Rosamund Lily West, followed by a panel discussion which forms part of the exhibitions at the Micro Museum curated by Ruth Lang (CSM).

Walking tour of Lansbury Estate. Photo by Samantha Manton

Walking tour of Lansbury Estate. Photo by Samantha Manton

We're very excited to announce our collaboration on this project during April 2017. We'll be working with residents on the estate to create a brand new piece of site-sepcific audio-visual art, which will take a snapshot of current life and also look to the future. Keep an eye out here for updates, and make sure you pay a visit to the Micro Museum soon!

Brunswick Square Gardens Fun Day

We had a great time at the LoveCamden fun day at Brunswick Square Gardens recently. We met a large number of people who were interested in our series of site-specific works across Camden, with people stopping to take in our display and listen to the sound compositions. Many want to see the project happen where they live too! Laurie also co-produced two new artworks with visitors at the event, based on the architecture of the iconic Brunswick Centre.

Thanks to everyone who came to say hello - we hope to see you again soon!

Camden Market Launch

We had a great time creating a new installation in the Market Hall at Camden Market, working with traders, local residents and passers by.  Last week, Mayor Nadia Shah came to meet some of the participants, and to see and hear the new Wall. 

You can read more about the new artwork on the Camden Market website, where they say:

"Scraps of architectural detail, our rich cultural diversity and the forever changing layout of stalls have resulted in a perfectly uncoordinated cacophony of colour and geometric pattern"

Godwin & Crowndale Launch

We launched the new wall at Godwin and Crowndale Estate in the late summer sun, with the support of Councillor Pat Callaghan and participant Sammy. The final audio-visual artwork was a mix of archive history, recent architectural additions to the skyline, local voices and stories.

Iris (11), Mordecai (8) and their mum Esther all participated every day, and couldn't be at the launch, and deserve a special mention. We also thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of the estate and local area over many cups of tea and biscuits with David, Philip and Siobhan.

Finally, a huge thanks to Robert and John the estate caretakers, plus Lola, Denise, Martin and all on the TMO for helping make the project happen.

All go at Godwin & Crowndale

We are well into the second week of our collaborative project with residents of Godwin and Crowndale Court. The site and surrounding area have huge amounts of fascinating history and architecture to draw inspiration from. 

Activities have included archive research at Holborn library, a visit to previous Walls On Walls work at Medway Court, a soundwalk to St Pancras Old Church cemetery (the oldest consecrated ground in Britain!), and taking visual and audio inspiration from patterns found in the ironwork around the estate.

Make sure you come down to the Goldington Crescent fun day next week to see the unveiling of the final audiovisual work! 

Lismore Circus Launched!

Last week we proudly launched the completed wall work at Lismore Circus. Leader of Camden Council Sarah Hayward said how impressed she was with the original artwork made by so many young people from the area. Councillor Larraine Revah - a long-time champion of Walls On Walls - was also there to show support, and introduced us to her sparkly friend, the Pearly Queen of St Pancras. All in all, this was a fitting unveiling to a brilliant project. Thanks everyone! See and hear the work here

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

©Comida Fest /Alicia Bastos.

Lismore Circus is GO!

It’s great to be back in Camden to begin the first of a number of Walls On Walls summer projects.

Activity this week at Lismore Circus has included young residents guiding us on walks around the local area to gather sounds and images for the artworks. People who have lived in this community for over 40 years have been sharing their stories and memories.

We’ve continued by sketching designs from these photos for the wall artwork, and transforming the recordings into new sounds for the audio composition.

 

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates on our progress…

Hope you can come and join us on the 28th to see and hear the final piece!

Camden50 Celebration

Laurie and Tullis recently presented the three Walls On Walls Camden50 projects (Castle Road, Medway Court, Camelot House) as part of the 50th anniversary closing celebrations at Camden Town Hall. We met some fascinating people who were really interested in the work, including Councillor Jerry Hall, Sir Ian Johnston and Lady Carol Johnston pictured alongside our community outreach worker Modupe Lewis.

  

Camelot Continues

The resident-participants of Camelot House have been working hard with the Walls On Walls team to produce their estate installation. Both the visual and audio parts of the project have been progressing really well. The wall art takes inspiration from a pattern found in concrete paving stones in the internal courtyard of Camelot House. This is applied to the wall using some precision masking tape work. The colour palette and repeated pattern are reminiscent of a 1930s style, as the building dates from 1939.

The sound piece takes its inspiration from the fact that Camelot House site was once a reservoir. The piece mixes sounds recorded when a water main broke the other day (!) with field recordings of the area and voices from the community. The piece also borrows 1930s jazz samples samples to weave into the soundscape - a nod to the era of the building and so the visual pattern and colour choices - using old records we found in the TRA room!

If this all looks and sounds interesting, why not pop down to the Camden50 fun-day this Thursday and see the presentation of the final piece?

Medway Court Launch

Photo: http://nickybamber.co.uk

Photo: http://nickybamber.co.uk

The second of our audio-visual installations made its debut yesterday at Medway Court during the Camden50 fun day. We've had a brilliant time collaborating with residents to make this piece, and learing a huge amount about the history, architecture and current soundscape in the process.

The sound piece is inspired by the nearby railway hubs of St Pancras, Kings Cross and Euston, the sounds of daily life for residents in the neighbourhood and the regular appearance of wheeled trolley-suitcases from passing visitors.

This composition connects with the repetitive patterns of the visual part to the work - inspired by a geometric design which was an original feature of the building from the 1950s, by architect Denis Clarke Hall.

Photo: http://nickybamber.co.uk

Photo: http://nickybamber.co.uk

Photo: http://nickybamber.co.uk

Photo: http://nickybamber.co.uk

Medway Movements

We've been working hard with residents at Medway Court, St Pancras to complete their Walls on Walls #Camden50 installation this week, including painting a new artwork on the large wall that overlooks the resident's garden.

The design is inspired by a similar geometric pattern which was an original feature of the building from when it was built in the 1950s, designed by architect Denis Clarke Hall. The TRA room that we're using as a base has loads of fascinating information about the history of the block.

Our historical, architectural and visual mood-boards

Our historical, architectural and visual mood-boards

Tomorrow the full audio-visual piece will be unveiled at the Camden50 event