The Hundred Club
FACILIATED BY RUTH BEALE
21, 24 Aug - Lesnes Abbey Lodge
+ extra activities and dates tbc during the summer holidays
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 will 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
The club will start with three online meetings, followed by in-person sessions in July and August. Further dates to follow.
Online sessions will take place on Zoom
In person sessions will take place 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.
22 May, 12 June, 3 July - Online
17 July, 21 Aug - Lesnes Abbey Lodge
+ Extra activities during the summer holidays
Plus extra activities during the summer holidays.
To register for your family’s place, please fill in this online form - or for more information please email Natasha Bird, email@example.com
§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.