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Church Street has a rich history of celebrating arts and crafts, through its antique market and individual specialist shops. We'd like to expand on this by making local residents at the core of actual making, selecting elements for their own individual fused glass artwork, that will be assembled with 60-80 others, to construct a breathtaking chandelier to be displayed in a shop window on Church Street. The chandelier will be hung from a motor to slowly reveal all of the separate works and expertly lit, to present the creations in all of their glory. The various size frames onto which the glass panels will be fixed, will be upcycled bicycle tyre rims and we'll source as much suitable waste glass as possible to use as raw material. We wish to seek a suitable permanent home for the finished artwork, that is accessible to all, for everyone to be able to enjoy. We feel that Church Street's rich cultural mix, will offer a great range of designs for the panels, that will hang as one work.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We can publicise the indoor glass panel workshops by demonstrating glassblowing out on Church Street market itself, distributing flyers and taking booking for the related upcoming events. The initial demos will fire up peoples' enthusiasm for getting directly involved in making, and with strict safety measures in place we can offer individuals to chance to try glassblowing themselves. This involvement will give local residents more connection with all of the arts and crafts they see in their neighbourhood, by learning to 'make' themselves. As well as supporting arts, culture and heritage by making it more accessible, this project promotes physical activity and leisure pursuits. By using as much waste material as we can, this also has a positive impact on the environment, withy the aim of encouraging others to upcycle their own waste into useful items. The finished collaborative chandelier will facilitate a stronger more resilient community, encouraging cross-cultural understanding.
Steps to get it done:
We hope to raise additional funds so a short film to celebrate the project and its many participants can be produced and shared with the community. We have worked with over a dozen organisations who deliver services to those with learning difficulties and have robust policies for Safeguarding and Equality & Diversity - https://vimeo.com/148330720 - with this 'Lifelines' project selected for The Art of Recovery at the prestigious Hepworth Gallery by The New Economics Foundation. Our work was recognised for Better Business at the House of Lords in 2019 as we strive to deliver immersive engagement wherever it is most needed - https://londonist.com/london/drink/tommy-flowers Our first project on Church Street in 2018 was a great success, involving so many people from so many diverse backgrounds, giving us a real understanding of local needs and how we can address these through exciting and unique cultural experiences for residents - https://vimeo.com/266051908
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