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ARTISTS

We go where artists go.  We centre artist practices in the way we work, change and grow.  We are an artist led organisation. *See Experiment, Practice, Projects, Research

AGENCY

We support people to actualise their cultural and creative agency. The more cultural agency you have, the more powerful your voice.

ACTION!

Is a research project by Holly Graham exploring the History of Anti Racist actions undertaken by people in Thamesmead and SE London in the 1990’s. It aims to explore this cultural moment and celebrate how people responded to hate - and won

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BOOKSHOP

We provide a platform for independent publications, zines, vinyl and artist materials produced by ourselves, publishers, small press, groups, galleries, and artist practitioners.  We are open to submissions and proposals to the shop. Please read our guidelines before sending us your titles. You can submit info on your publication here. We will then get back to you if we can support it.

You can visit the bookshop in Cygnet Sq or visit it online.

BOARD

Our trustees are a fine group of people that help shape TACO!  and support the realisation of our work. Current members of the board include Kate Forde, Rima Patel, Amanda Carmichel , Vijay Raman, Holly Willats, Kirsty Ogg, Tapiwa Dingwiza

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CARE

Give consideration to the needs of others and our own privileges. Through care and creativity we realise relationships and nurture community.

COMMUNITY

Art is not made in isolation. We understand art-making to be an inherently social practice that shapes our sense of self collectively and individually. We don’t make art for a ‘community’, we make art to create one.

COLLABORATION

- *see Trust, What

CULTURE

Take to the field! Shoot the Clocks! Culture is a battleground for who determines the meaning of things. Nothing is fixed. *See Agency

CONTEXT

Strive to understand place, and our position within it.  Support those who are not represented to be visible and heard.

CYGNET SQ

Is a gallery, event space, bookshop and radio broadcast studio situated on a public square by a lake.

TACO!, 2 Cygnet Square, Thamesmead, London, SE2 9FA

Trains: Abbeywood from Crossrail, London Bridge, Cannon St, Charing Cross, Farringdon

Buses: (Boiler House Stop) 177, 244, 401, 229

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DIY 

We can do it! It dosen’t have to be perfect.

DIVERSITY

In form and people. Nature abhors a monoculture. We are polyphonic by design. Human diversity is a historical and scientific fact. Come in! The water is lovely!

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EXPERIMENT

What is an artist led space? What does art do? TACO! Is an ongoing, evolving  experiment and conversation exploring what an art space can be and what art can do. *See Artist-Led, Research

EDITIONS 

We sometimes ask artists and designers to make limited edition artworks, objects, apparel and merch for people to buy. All the income goes back into our activities. It’s a virtuous circle! You can have a look in our shop in Cygnet Sq or online. *See Funds, Cygnet Sq


EXCHANGE

Make space for an exchange that is inclusive, critical, thoughtful, at times awkward, but productive.  We grow and learn through being challenged.

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FRIENDS

We all need some. 

If you would like to receive emails from us about things happening at TACO! then you can sign up here.

We wont abuse your data or our communication with you.  
If you’d like to casually observe what we are doing or thinking from a distance, then you can do so by looking at a very small screen and following us

Insta: @tracey_aint_coming_out / @rtm.fm

Twtr: @taco_err

If you’d like to contact us directly you can via  info@taco.org.uk


FUNDS 

We need money walk up that hill. Fortunately we are supported in our work by the money we earn and by funders. These include Arts Council England, Peabody Trust, The Heritage Lottery, The Elephant Trust, The Henry Moore Foundation, LB of Greenwich and many others. We give thanks and praise to them for helping to make fun things happen.  *see Joy

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GENEROSITY

Where we can, we should.  Make space for others and set ‘yes’ as the default. * see Context

GENTRIFICATION

We are against the socio-economic displacement of people and for higher standards of living.  One should not beget the other. *see Agency

GOT DAMP

Is a research project by Avril Corroon that explores Damp as a galvanising issue for communities in exercising their social agency and its potential as a sculptural material.  

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HIRES

We have AV equipment for hire for events, and projects and other things. For more information about what we have to hire and our prices, please see our price list.

HUNDRED CLUB

Is a space is an experimental creative space for using arts and play for children to explore social justice issues. The club is for families with 6-12 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. To take join the club and take part please email Natasha - NB@taco.org.uk

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INDEPENDENCE

Undo the Institutional and be open to change. We are small and can do things differently.

IMAGINE

What does an artist-led organisation look like in practice? How might we use culture to create ‘community’? How is cultural value constituted? Where is cultural capital situated?

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JOY

Does it bring Joy? Is It fun? Once you’ve walked up the hill, run down. If you’re not enjoying it, don’t do it.

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KNOWLEDGE

We have a resource library that has been developed by artists working and undertaking research at TACO!  It includes physical copies of books and material available our production studio in Poplar Place.  To access email info@taco.org.uk

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LOGISTICS


Trains: Abbeywood from Crossrail, London Bridge, Cannon St, Charing Cross, Farringdon

Buses: (Boiler House Stop) 177, 244, 401, 229

LISTENING

*see RTM.FM

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MANIFESTO

We commit to the bonfire of our renewal and co-write a manifesto of our shared thoughts every year with artists and our  communities. Our next iteration is due to be published in 2023.
*see Experiment

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NON

For profit. TACO! Is a registered charity ( no: 1196316). 100% of the money we raise and earn through the sales of items in our shop goes towards furthering the work we do with artists and audiences.

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OPEN

to the public, Wednesday-Sunday, 9am -11pm. Except sadly right now we’re not. As we’re busy decorating and getting things ready for you.

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PLACE

We are a placed based organisation. We are aware of, and think about, the context in which we work. *See Context 

PLATFORMS

We run a gallery, bookshop, production space and broadcast studio that provide opportunities for artists and people to make, present and distribute their work.

POROUSITY

Be permable and open.  A solution of dissovled ideas. Leaking all over the place.


POPLAR PLACE

Is a production studio for artists, individuals and creative communities. It is situated on a residential street and we like our neighbours. 



TACO!, 30 Poplar Place, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8BB

PRACTICE

Artistic and creative practices are a form of knowledge production and critical thought.  *See Research  

PRODUCTION

Culture is not for passive consumption, but for the making!    * See Culture , Agency

PROGRAMME

Is free and includes exhibitions, events,  discussions, workshops, screenings, publishing, and co-authored participatory projects with local people and groups. 

PUBLISH

We are a registered publisher and sometimes make books.  You can buy some in our bookshop in Cygnet Sq or online.



QUALITY

Value things done well and the value they give to others. Be ambitious and make things the best they can be.

QUESTIONS

What does an artist-led organisation look like in practice? How might we use culture to create ‘community’? How is cultural value constituted? Where is cultural capital situated?

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RTM.FM

is run as a community radio station providing a platform for local people, artists, musicians, producers from across SE London to broadcast.  Its supported by a community of volutneer producers who help shape and lead the station and run training workshops in audio production and broadcasting.  RTM is open to proposals for broadcast shows that fit the broadcasting programme. To get involved as producer or broadcaster - email us.

RESEARCH

Invited artists are supported to research, develop and realise projects over a dedicated period of time. This research informs our public programme and how TACO! evolves and learns. Projects initiated by artists vary in duration, often over multiple years.  We set an open timeframe with no set expectations on outcomes. *See Research, Artist Led,  Action!, Got Damp, Things for Homes, Tree Time

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SOLIDARITY 

if you are a single parent, a student, unemployed, in energy or food poverty, a carer for someone, or generally down on your luck and need some help then come speak to us and we can give you a free tea or coffee, something to eat and a chat.   

SOUND SYSTEM

The Thamesmead Sound System is a free and open community group supported by TACO! that puts on music events, makes its own speakers and runs workshops to teach others. Upcoming events can be found on this website.  To get involved email: info@taco.org.uk

SITES

* see Poplar Place, Cygnet Square

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TREE TIME

is a research project by the Alternative School of Economics exploring ecology, capitalism and climate change.

TRACEY

aint coming out

THAMESMEAD ARTS AND CULTURE OFFICE

(TACO! )is an artist-led space for research, production, and exchange located in Thamesmead, SE London, engaged with its local context and centring the work and role of artists. We support a dialogue between artists, audiences, community and place.

THAMESMEAD

is located on London’s southeast outer edge, the town is one of the largest post-war, brutalist social housing estates in the UK and home to distinctive and diverse communities.  Famous for its architecture and role in many films over the past 50 years, It is banded by the Thames , wooded green walks and canals.  *See Context, Place

THINGS FOR HOMES

Homes for Things is a research project by James Prevett exploring how the sculptural is constituted and considering sculpture within the home.

TRUST

Trust in the imagination and creative agency of others. We embrace risk and the messy process of how to work together.

TWANG

Achoo Clang Oooff

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UNLEARN

What has been learnt. Imagine what can be done. Do things differently.  *See Experiment, Independence

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VALUES

We do have some!*see Care, Context, Exchange, Trust, Quality, Independence

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WHAT

We make art, curate exhibitions , programme events, commission artists, support creativity, publish books, undertake research, realise projects, produce broadcasts, debate ideas, develop talent, teach new skills, nurture community, invest locally, imagine the future, and dream of the past.

WHO

We are artists and producers who work together to make things happen. Producers working at TACO! currently are Mat Jenner, Natasha Bird, Flo Lines, Nicole Omotoye, Emilian Isibo

WHERE 

*See Cygnet Sq, Poplar Place, Thamesmead

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YOUTH

We embrace the messy, unpredictable, non-linear and ugly!  We imagine the future! We put play at the center of what we do and work in ways and scales not possible within a classroom setting to produce high quality, innovative and compelling artworks, broadcasts, and publications, produced by and with children and young people. How and what we do with Children and Young people can be read about here* See Hundred Club, Joy

YESTERDAY

You can find a list of things we’ve done previously here. We also helped set up an archive for Thamesmead. We use it as a resource and contribute to it via our projects. You can look at that here.

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ZERO

is the figure we are aiming forwith our waste and carbon.  Zero problems. By 2026 *See Tree Time



updated 1.05.22




TACO!


2 CYGNET SQUARE
THAMESMEAD 
LONDON
SE2 9EF


30 POPLAR PLACE
THAMESMEAD 
LONDON
SE28 8BB

Info@TACO.ORG.UK

REGISTERED CHARITY: 1196316  





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