Designed by the Made Up Collective, and built by APEs (Adventure Playground Engineers), the main structure will be 200sqm, made from over 600 repurposed pallets, plywood hoardings, and dibond art panels from local construction projects.
The Pavilion will be home to an Edible Garden, Stage Area, space for Classes/Activities, Adventure Playground elements and Seating, with it’s multi functional nature highlighted through daily free activities over the Summer Holidays.
In terms of visual impact, the structure will reference Barking's former Fishing Industry by playfully resembling a ship that seems to have sailed into the square,
There will be weekly Art Workshops, Growing & Gardening Sessions, Dance & Drumming, Youth Parkour, Music Jams, Drama & Spoken Word, Major Saturday Events such as Community Feasts, Markets, A Health & Wellbeing Festival, Outdoor Cinema, etc, for all the community, (with the structure itself catering for one of the highest populations of Under 5’s in London).
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
In a town experiencing rapid urban regeneration, where new Housing and Public Areas are having a huge impact on the changing visual landscape, the Pallet Pavilion enables a community in transition to playfully engage with it’s environment, drawing attention and curiosity simply by producing a spectacle in a public space, enlivening the use of the square and adjourning High Street as a result.
The project is ambitious, and to show that it's a creative way to connect communities, local organisations, and councils in reigniting a town centre, the Made Up Collective provided a privately funded Pilot Project in 2014. We know it's great because we’ve already tried out our idea: we made the 200sqm structure, provided 40 free activities/events to 5000 local residents over 6 weeks and have the images to show how it looked.
In 2015 we will build on the experience, support and possibilities, by enabling residents to try out commercial ventures and partnering with the High Street & Local Market.
Steps to get it done:
It's clearly apparent that old models of the High Street are dying, unable to compete with homogenised retail parks and online shopping. For the new High Street to flourish, it needs to be inventive, to build and empower local communities, and in doing so, create new engaging experiences that will support a desire to buy locally.
Time and again, it is risk taking creative ideas that are the first in line to transform an area. They bring new possibilities, re-energise a town centre, and allow other businesses to follow once new foundations have been laid.
Barking has one of the lowest levels of Creative Industries in London, and over 70% of people are seldom, if ever, engaged in Arts Activities. The Pallet Pavilion will provide opportunities for playful, imaginative experiences, attracting all demographics, regardless of age, class, gender, or cultural background, and in turn, producing another spark of positive energy to an area already in a state of flux.
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