Got Damp by artist Avril Corroon sets out to explore the potential for damp and breath as a material for an artwork.
Avril will working with local residents to explore how an artwork work can be made from humidity and damp, a phenomena that represents a ‘crisis of nature in the home’.
The project is informed by Avril’s research into historic housing activism in London, poor quality living conditions, and the subject of damp as a galvanising issue for communities in exercising their political agency.
In 1971 residents of Thamesmead collectivly organised to highlight the issue of damp and water seepage in their recently built modern prefab homes. A visiting MP with delegates from the GLC was greeted by poster in the windows of residents simply stating ‘I’ve got Damp’. The impact of a large volume of protest posters displayed in windows captured the scale of the problem and quickly led to remidal work being carried out by the GLC.
As part of her research Avril is looking for people who are experiencing damp in their home today and would like to sharing those experiences. If you you would like to talk to Avril and share your story with her then please email firstname.lastname@example.org Or fill in this online form
Over the next 12 months Avril will present her research through a number of public events as part of the process of developing a new work for exhibition at TACO! in 2023.
Avril Corroon works across moving image, performance, sculpture, and food to explore contemporary lived experience. Previous work has explored precarious living conditions, the housing crisis or labour exploitation. In performing as the Air B&B logo from a city rooftop, making cheeses from mould collected from rented apartments, or covertly filming whilst working in a restaurant, Avril’s work combines absurd humour and political insight to form compelling visual narratives. In recent works Avril has incorporated ephemeral materials and subtle forms such as fragrances, touch and perishable food to produce works that are intense examinations of the body and its conditioning through modern life. Avril was the recipient of the Freelands Foundation Bursary, and the Next GenerationAward by the Irish Arts Council in 2020. She has exhibited and performed widely including Peer Gallery (London), the Lab Gallery (Dublin), Platform Arts (Belfast) and South London Gallery.
A history of Community Led Anti-racism in Thamesmead
Do you know of, or were you involved in any efforts to heal local racial divisions in Thamesmead in the early 1990s? If so we’d like to hear from you.
Artist Holly Graham is working with TACO! and the Thamesmead Community Archive, to research anti-racist community led action work in Thamesmead in the early 1990s. This period saw a rise in racial tensions within the area but there is currently minimal documentation reflecting these rifts and the important community led responses to counteract them.
In 1991 a racist gang of young white men murdered a young black boy Rolan Adams. He was 15. This event took place within a climate of fear and tension provoked by the BNP. The murder received little media attention at the time. However there was a community led responce throughout this period that included a 1500 strong 6 mile walking march on the BNP’s offices in Welling, Bexley.
In this project Holly hopes to address this gap in story-telling; speaking with local residents to collect information and material about how the racism and division within Thamesmead at this time was responded to by members of the local community. Through a series of interviews and collection of materials, she hopes to document the anti-racist social action taken by local people and groups.
The project aims to make this work visible so that It can viewed and understood in a wider historical context of activism and the tumultuous history of race relations throughout the UK more broadly.
The project will also aim to outline practices of community organising that might be drawn upon today by others as the country continues to grapple with racial inequality in the present.
Can you help us to tell this important part of Thamesmead’s story?
If you would like to talk to Holly, contribute to the project or find out more information please contact Mat Jenner – email@example.com
We are aware of the potential sensitive nature of this history and materials relating to it. All enquires and correspondence will be treated confidentially. Any contributions made to the project can remain anonymous if desired.
Holly graduated from MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions and projects include: To Us It Just Looks Like A Lemon: Bothy Residency, Southwark Park Galleries (2019); On Board II, Art Licks & Espacio Vista, Madrid; BOUNDS, Skelf, Online (2019); The Oval Window, Gerald Moore Gallery, London (2019); The Romance of Flowers, Kingsgate Projects, London (2018); Common Third, Copperfield, London (2018); Carefully Cleansed of Labour and Softened by Cooking, Compressor, London (2018); and Sweet Swollen, Jerwood Visual Arts: Project Space, London (2018). Holly is Head of Artist Development at Turf Projects, Croydon, and is Co-Founder of Cypher BILLBOARD, London.
The Hundred Club
FACILIATED BY RUTH BEALE
LAST SESSION FOR 2021
13TH NOV- Lesnes Abbey Lodge
The Hundred Club is an experimental creative space for using arts and play to explore social justice issues. Led and faciliated by artist Ruth Beale the club is for families with 7-11 year old children, and their siblings, parents and carers. Through collaboration and hands-on activities members of the club experiment and play through art and making, using these as an inspiration to imagine a more fair, just and equal society.
Members of the Club take inspiration from the work of artists, as well as the history and future of Lesnes Abbey Woods – from the prehistoric ages when the land was at the bottom of the Blackheath Sea, to the Saxon ‘Hundred of Litlelai’, to the ruins of the Lesnes Abbey, to today’s forestry and nature conservation – to explore issues that affect all of us, such as Climate Crisis and Climate Justice, the anti-war movement, wellbeing, race, disability & gender-based inequalities, or civil liberties.
The Hundred Club is based on principles of democratic decision-making – as an experiment in ways to work together, all members of the club decide the rules and direction of the activities.
︎HOW TO GET INVOLVED︎
In person sessions will take place online OR at - Lesnes Abbey Lodge, SE2 0AX.
The activities will be focused on families with children aged 7-11, but children of other ages are welcome at parents’ discretion.
The club is free to attend.
- 13th Nov- Lesnes Abbey Lodge
To register for your family’s place, please fill in this online form - or for more information please email Helen - firstname.lastname@example.org
§Ruth Beale is a London-based artist who works collectively and collaboratively, exploring the way culture, governance and social discourse create society. Her practice includes socially-engaged processes, as well as drawing, performance, film and installations. It includes the examination of institutions and grassroots organisations, from prisons to common land to schools. Libraries have been a particular interest, as litmus paper for attitudes to education and public services.
Recent projects include Library as Memorial, a book dedication project remembering Covid-19 victims with Brent 2020 Borough of Culture, The Free and the Unfree, a two-year commission with Mansions of the Future, Lincoln and incarcerated people at HMP Lincoln, and a Fungus Press public realm poster commission with Turf Projects, Croydon.
Ruth also works collaboratively with Amy Feneck as The Alternative School of Economics, whose current projects include True Currency: About Feminist Economics, a podcast series commissioned by Gasworks, London and The End of the Present, a residency with Arts Catalyst, London & Sheffield exploring converging financial and climate crises.
The Hundred Club is a project by artist Ruth Beale, commissioned by Three Rivers and London Borough of Bexley, produced by TACO! in partnership with the Lesnes Abbey Lodge.
The Hundred Club is made possible through funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.The project forms part of the Three Rivers Cultural Programme.
Frances Scott works with moving image, presented through film screenings, installations, events and publications. Her work considers the material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production, to propose a film composed of its associations and fragments. Where earlier projects evolved out of the script, her recent work explores the experience of moving image through non-linear film scores or their substitution through associated materials.
At TACO! Frances has continued her interest in the site of film production to develop a new moving image work, Wendy, looking at the extraordinary work of pioneering composer and musician, Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 'A Clockwork Orange' (1962), in which several key scenes were shot on the Thamesmead estate, as well as 'The Shining' (1981). Carlos spearheaded developments on Moog Synthesiser and use of the Voice-Encoder (Vocoder), and Frances' research draws on this history, exploring the synthesised, un-bounded voice across fields of music, literature and film.
In the development and production of Wendy Frances is working with a number of collaborators including musician Tom Richards and his handmade music synthesiser-sequencer 'Mini-Oramics' (designed in 1976 but never realised by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram), as well as dancer and performer Valentina Formenti, using volumetric filmmaking and three-dimensional modelling techniques.
She has also continued her ongoing collaboration with sound designer Chu-Li Shewring, working with her on Incantation, Wendy (2018) a recorded broadcast for radio, commissioned by TACO! and first presented on RTM.FM.
Incantation, Wendy includes excerpts and full tracks from Carlos' work, including unused material, combined with new scripted readings and recordings. A public programme connected with Scott's research includes a performance with Tom Richards, a screening selected with Mat Jenner, as part of the ongoing film programme Viddy Horrorshow (VHS), and a new a short film Valentina. A publication commissioned and produced by An Endless Supply and TACO! will be launched Sept 2021.
Frances has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her recent exhibitions and screenings include: 57th New York Film Festival (2019); Close Up Film Centre, London (2018 / 2019); Institute of Making UCL (2019); Het Bos, Antwerp (2018); RTM.FM/TACO! (2018); Tate St Ives (2018); The Bower, London (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015/2017); Peninsula Arts and South West Film & Television Archive, Plymouth (2017); Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2016); and ‘Selected III’ videoclub and FLAMIN screenings in the UK and USA including Anthology Film Archives, New York, Seattle International Film Festival, and LA Film Forum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2017 Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award.
THINGS FOR HOMES
/ HOMEs FOR THINGS
James Prevett makes objects, text, images and video often combining them together as sculpture. His work deals with the vitality of things – images, ideas, memories as well as objects – and the way the sculptural is experienced and understood. Sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes humorous, James makes nuanced and highly crafted work that resists simple thematic readings, rather, his work produces a sense of an atmosphere or a feeling.
For TACO! James is undertaking a new project - Things for Homes / Homes for Things. James’ research takes as its starting point the objective to make a sculpture for an individual in their home. Historically sculpture has had a direct relation to public space, public office or public institutions such as the state or the church. Where sculptures have been made for specific individuals these have been for wealthy individuals and their estates to demonstrate social status. It is rare that sculpture is thought about in relation to the site of the home or domestic space. These traditional sites and contexts for sculpture have conditioned our understanding and reception of sculptural objects and how the scultpural is understood and defined.
Since 2018 James has spent time with people in their home, locally in Thamesmead and with people in different parts of the country, making a sculptural artwork specifically for them and their home. Each work has resulted out of a period of getting to know each other. Through this exchange and the production of sculptural objects, James has developed a series of public outcomes in the form of Radio programmes for broadcast , and a publiction launching in 2022. The project is funded by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Institute.
Images courtesy of James Prevett, Distension @ SIC, Helsinki 2017
James Prevett has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Finland, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Austria and Brazil. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. His ongoing project Parties for Public Sculpture (2017) invites artists to make a ‘party’ for an existing public sculpture. James lives and works in Helsinki, Finland where he is currently Lecturer in Sculpture at Helsinki Fine Arts Academy.