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First Words in Dalston

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First Words in Dalston

Mike Abrahams By Mike Abrahams

A Covid-safe visual and audio art installation and planned season of curated events in Dalston Square that connects the CLR James Library with the public and the public with the delight of words.

Hackney Delivery stage

pledged of £4,915

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

'First Words in Dalston' was launched in February 2021 and will run until summer 2022. People have been invited to contribute the first sentence from any publication by sending photos of the text and a recording of themselves reading it. This material has become the content of a Covid-safe visual and audio art installation on the east end hoardings erected within Dalston Square, London. In late spring we will incorporate new material supplied by local schools, residents of the square, library staff, youth groups and many others on the remaining hoardings of around 200m. This installation will be completed summer 2021. Our Spacehive project is a shout out to the crowd to join in contributing first sentences and to raise money for the project management and curation and delivery of regular Covid-safe public activities by diverse people/organisations around the art installation in the square.

What we'll deliver:

  • Establish a curatorial team
  • Host a minimum of one monthly public event for eight months, a total of eight events
  • Create an archive of those events

Why it's a great idea:

Create an opportunity for many people and organisations to participate in cultural and creative activities and events in a Covid-safe way. Promote a sense of community connection. Create interest and delight during what is essential a very large and dull construction project. Inspire passersby with chance encounters.

Steps to get it done:

  • Establishing the curatorial panel 05/21
  • Identifying and invite potential individuals/organisation to lead events 06/21
  • Invite local volunteers (individuals and organisations) to support events 06/21 - 04/22
  • Confirm permissions/insurance/covid-safe access and other specific event logistics 06/21 - 04/22
  • Creating the programme of events 07/21 - 04/22
  • Advertise via physical and online channels 07/21 - 04/22
  • Stage events 07/21 - 04/22
  • Archive material to record the experiences 07/21 - 05/22

Location Hackney

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Hackney

How will the money be spent?Total £4,915

Project management by artists for curatorial and delivering min 8 events. Plus some expenses - £4,500 (92%)
Other - £415 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Project management by artists for curatorial and delivering min 8 events. Plus some expenses
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • funds to support project delivery

Total £4,915

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