Supporting and enabling creative and diverse projects that benefit our local communities
Using waste and unwanted materials to 'make and mend' upcycling discarded pieces into useful items for participants, that will have little to no impact on the environment, inspired by Tommy Flowers who made the world's first computer from old bedsteads and leftover 1940s telephone switching equipment and who gives our new educational foundation its name. We'll hold ‘making’ workshops, printing bold designs onto unloved t-shirts and creating furniture out of packaging materials, in an empty shop that we'll transform into an ever-changing display of new ways of working, inviting Westminster residents, local workers and visitors to be part of a big, diverse project all under one roof, drawing people back into the central London shopping area, that has seen so many shop closures under lockdown, revitalising the retail experience though creative outreach that will promote learning and facilitate wellbeing.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Creating an environment of learning and participation to facilitate a sense of community and learn new skills. Reconnecting people to the heart of the West end and each other in an inclusive collaboration in a safe and welcoming environment. Promote wellbeing though activity-based visitor collaboration. Offering opportunities for visitors to interact with the artwork and other visitors, stimulating discussion and revaluation of cultural and social aesthetics in a retail setting. Advancing the education of the public through the arts by making an atmosphere that is one of sharing and partnership. Presenting visitors to be part of the artwork on display rather than simply a viewer. The project will add a new dimension to the retail experience and reassess the role of a gallery in a historic and world-renowned shopping district. Using Westminster’s vast demographic of residents and visitors to make a wide spectrum of participation, creating a snapshot of the West End now.
Steps to get it done:
• Retell Retail: Art on the walls, ceiling and floors. Artists working with subject matter and materials familiar a retail environment with a strong emphasis on upcycling discarded materials. • I Could Do That: Art and craft classes every week held onsite reacting to the work on display. Classes will be held on site and available to stream for the those unable to attend in-person. • Make Do and Mend: This regular event will encourage visitors to bring along their old unloved or well-worn t-shirts. Learn how to repair clothing and or screen print on a new design selected. Example t-shirts created during the classes displayed on site. • Dough at Deer: An Award-winning cookery team will hold cookery classes. Learn what to do with left overs never waste a grain again while learning new skills.
About the space
City of Westminster