We will create an inviting new entrance to the alley from Whitechapel High Street, drawing passers-by into a transformed green passage and a beautiful new pocket park. This project will create an unlikely alliance of alley neighbours, including the Whitechapel Gallery and Providence Row -- capitalising on the mutually-supportive resources offered by each. Permanent place-making improvements will bring colour, considered materials, and lighting into the space — and furniture and planting built and cared for by Providence Row. The space will serve as a platform for community exchange, activated by a series of summer events. We will use these initial works to develop a wider plan linking Whitechapel High Street to Wentworth Street through Providence Row garden and to explore the potential of working with the landowners of the adjacent meanwhile space to link this passage to Brick Lane. Together, we will transform a hidden resource into an active and highly-utilised community space.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Angel Alley is on Whitechapel High Street in an area of tremendous change and regeneration. Located in Tower Hamlets, in the seventh most deprived area nationally, Angel Alley is a notoriously problematic and challenging space, with a history of prostitution, drugs and crime. The space, however, has great potential to not only physically link Whitechapel High Street to Wentworth Street through the gardens created by Providence Row, but to connect a group of amazing neighbours who have not yet had the opportunity to work together. The project will bring together Whitechapel Gallery with the homeless charity, Providence Row and the independent Freedom Press. Further, this route sits alongside a large plot of under-utilised land that connects Angel Alley to Brick Lane, with no plans for development. Wayward will use this opportunity to open a dialogue with the landowners to explore the potential of a productive meanwhile use and a future sustainable development.
Steps to get it done:
Wayward is based locally in Whitechapel, and has built strong community links in the local area through past projects, working with schools, community groups, growing organisations, synagogues, Cass School of Art (across the street) and The East London Mosque (down the road from Angel Alley). There is a great potential to bring the wider community together through this project.
The events programme will activate the space, facilitating dialogue and community exchange and creating a platform to envision the future potential of the green passage and its potential connection to Brick Lane.
About the space
Angel Alley off of Whitechapel High Street.
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