We will organise a series of educational workshops, art events & canal clean up events that will involve galleries, cafes, restaurants, schools & other local business and associations, leading to our key event: “hARTggerston for the Canal” It will be a unique art show inspired by the canal that will run contemporarily in multiple venues in Haggerston showcasing art pieces from a variety of artists. A central artwork will be showed in a “hidden corner” of the canal towpath, an area unused and transformed for the occasion for the community & visitors to enjoy. Our plan is to make “hARTggerston for the Canal” a yearly event. Last but not least we will create a digital gallery platform (hARTggerston.com) to promote the artists that support our cause We aim to make a concrete change and build a self-sustainable model for the betterment of the canal. Art sales and funds raised in the above activities will help funding concrete interventions for the canal, unveiled during this campaign.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We really think that hARTggerston will have a substantial positive impact by: • Raising awareness and stimulating a sense of personal accountability towards the canal regeneration • Bringing together the local community around the appreciation and regeneration of our loved canal • Helping artists that believe in our cause to establish themselves • Attracting art lovers and enviromentalists to the area for the benefit of local business and making Haggerston known for art with a green purpose • Kick starting a yearly art event, expression of Haggerston creative spirit, that will contribute concretely to the canal regeneration. We need your help to make the canal cleaner, greener and more enjoyable for local community and the canal lovers. Be part of our movement!! Even £5 will go a long way in showing your support and help us realise our dream.
Steps to get it done:
hARTggerston launched during London National Park City Week with an art exhibition by Regent’s canal at the BargeHouse in Haggerston. We now want to trigger a cultural movement growing the engagement with local community, art and canal lovers to raise awareness around the importance of a cleaner & greener canal and contribute to its regeneration.
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London Borough of Hackney
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Hello all, Today is the day “hARTggerston - Art for the Canal” project will be assessed by the Mayor of London We are sincerely touched and overwhelm by all your support to our project so feels just right to thank a few... Firstly thank you to the Canal & River Trust for believing in our project, promoting it on their social media and making introduction with Barge FIODRA. Bob and Moira not only backed our project but also made the “hARTggerston floating exhibition” possible giving access to Barge FIODRA for the weekend. Huge huge thanks!! And what a beautiful space..! Thank you to the many artists, from Alix Phillips to Anthony McAndrew from Andrea Domji to Graig Griffith that not only backed the campaign but participated to the floating exhibition presenting their art work this weekend during the “hARTggerston” floating exhibition Thanks to all the local business that have backed us up and are keen to be part of the project , from Anyways (creative and event agency - thanks Alex!) to Street Studios cafe (cafe & photography studio) to Social active (social enterprise running eco friendly workshops with kids) to Peter Bedford Housing Association for making John Sheehy’s beautiful painting available for our exhibition. There are many many more local business and associations that are very keen to get involved to bring the Haggerston creative spirit to life for “hARTggerston for the Canal” and we hope in the Mayor’s support in order to continue our very exciting conversations. Finally, and most importantly, the biggest thank you goes to all the locals and the canal lovers we met over the past weeks and particularly last weekend at our floating exhibition. The positive feedback and support received has been very energising and we now truly can’t wait to keep working on it and make it happen!! It’s been a very exciting and fun journey so far, we can’t wait to hear from the Mayor this week!! Once again, thank you all Here some moments from the exhibition if you missed it - and if you don’t already follow us in Instagram @hartggerston - The hARTggerston team -