Tower Hamlets has a deep community spirit, but over the past year opportunities for people to celebrate & share that spirit together have disappeared. Our project will build on the success of Sundial Community Centre’s (SCC) oversubscribed art classes to create space for more community engagement workshops, teaching art activities to up to 30 participants plus carers including drawing, painting, & pattern design over 15 weeks. We’ve seen first-hand how these workshops create confidence, excitement, & connection – to our neighbours & the world around us! We will train staff, volunteers, & local family members to help deliver these creative techniques. The result will be a collaboration & co-creation of a large unique mural design that celebrates the character of & will rejuvenate the area. The community’s design will be professionally painted on Sundial Community Centre’s wall for everyone to enjoy – residents, visitors, staff, & the local council.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Creating & viewing art has been shown to be key to our wellbeing & proven to increase empathy, calmness, & feelings of inclusion. The arts are an essential part of a healthy community strengthening us socially, educationally, & economically; benefits that persist even in hard times like these. The workshops will promote relaxation & connection. They’ll improve mental health, & participants’ spatial awareness, & help people to learn art activities they can apply in the future. Our collaboration has partnered with some fab groups listed below. The co-designed mural will re-invigorate the area for everyone to enjoy. Together we’ll create a more pleasant, welcoming, both calming, & stimulating environment, which the community will feel it owns, which reflects our needs, & creates local pride for years to come. It’ll become a focal point & a destination to visit making it a cultural attraction that draws visitors to the area & inspires community spirit, cleanliness, & inclusiveness.
Steps to get it done:
Once the project is measured as a success it’ll be rolled out to the other spaces within the Peabody Trust throughout the UK starting with Darwin Court South London – further spotlighting the local community spirit & leadership of people in Tower Hamlets & creating media opportunities. To collaborate on the workshops we have partnered with: • Daycare: residents with dementia • Downright Excellent (DEx) a charity for children & young people with Down syndrome • LinkAge plus • Columbia Road primary school • East London Cares Local residents & communities including a wide range of ages, ethnicities, & underrepresented groups will take part & feel the opportunity to be seen, heard & valued. We’ll bring everyone together after months of isolation to collaborate with groups that don't usually connect, creating lasting social bonds that’ll help support everyone's mental health – resulting in improved outdoor space to help our neighbourhood recover from COVID 19.
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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