Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
The original home of Friday Sessions - 2610 South Architects in Johannesburg
- are re-launching the sessions in their new(ish) office. If you
are anywhere close - drop by and pay a visit.
On our travels to Johannesburg many moons ago we met Thorsten
and Anne from 2610 South Architects who hosted us at their offices.
They ran informal presentations on friday evenings, people brought
their own drinks and chairs. An informal and geneours platform
which opened many doors for us and gave the best possible start to
our work in South Africa. A perfect venue to connect and exchange
outside the institution and among practitioners. Its great to see
We are happy to announce that Friday Sessions are being
relaunched from our office space in Brixton.
For more background information, please see http://2610south.co.za/friday.php
Please RSVP to email@example.com by
Wednesday 17 April 2013.
Can the localism agenda provide a platform for
developing a community-led vision for the future of Hackney Wick
and Fish Island? Can affordability be protected, gentrification
avoided and the area's diverse cultures nurtured?
This session will look at the ways in which the local
community can have an impact in key decisions regarding the
development, regeneration and conservation of the area. The session
is co-organised with Isaac
Marrero-Guillamón, Editor of The Wick newspaper and co-editor
Art of Dissent.
Friday the 19th of April 2013, 7PM
7 Roach Road
Can will introduce Stour Space, its
history, ethos, aims, challenges and future vision as a social
business. Juliet's involvement with Stour Space began as a
volunteer consultant supporting the organisation with its
fundraising, governance and growth. Her current role as Manager is
to develop services, relationships and key strategic goals within
Wilshire. From the 'Right to Build' to 'Community
Councils' via 'Neighbourhood Plans', Lee will provide a whistle
stop tour of some of the measures introduced by the Localism Act,
looking at what they mean for communities. As part of the team at
Stour Space, Lee will provide an overview of how they are using
aspects of the new legislation in their struggle for
Brownill will present findings from an
ongoing research on neighbourhood planning in Oxfordshire (Woodcote
and Thame) and London (Somers Town and South Bank). The project
examines the experiences of these communities, in terms of the
extent to which power and control is actually being devolved to
localities and the varying capacities of 'neighbourhoods' to engage
with the localism agenda.
Goodhall and Holly
Lewis from We Made That will
reflect on lessons from their recent project, The Open Office, and
what relevance they might have to Hackney Wick. Operating on a
walk-in basis, The Open Office was part 'Citizens Urban Advice
Bureau' and part functioning practice, and offered an approachable
and dynamic forum for public discussions about cities, planning,
architecture and communities. The exhibition created a forum to
explore topics relating to the 2011 Localism Act and the emergence
of neighbourhood planning.
Knight. Do the coalition government’s planning
reforms go far enough in putting planning back into the hands of
the people? Is this even their intention? ‘Beyond Localism’ will
argue that more fundamental changes must take place if planning is
to become something that people understand and use as part of
everyday life. The talk will draw on examples of ‘popular planning’
derived from David's ongoing research at the Royal College of
The Session will be followed by a 9.30pm screening of
Tom Metcalfe and John Rowley's film 'The
Wick' at See Studio
'The Wick - Dispatches from the
Isle Wonder': Two film-makers arrive
in the post industrial wasteland known as Hackney Wick to document
this 'Isle of Wonder' as it falls under the shadow of the Olympic
behemoth. You can watch the trailer here
The screening will take place at:
See Studio Exhibition Space
13 Prince Edward Rd
WICK SESSION #9 is hosting a late afternoon of talks on
the subject of affordable workspace in and around the Queen
Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event will be held at Unit 1 Vittoria
Wharf, the home of a wide range of young innovative and creative
enterprises, who's futures are increasingly uncertain due to the
recent compulsory purchase through their property for a bridge to
the Olympic park.
Fletcher from the people's kitchen will talk
about his use of the Vittoria Wharf shared work unit for his food
recycling business; re using discarded fruit and veg from whole
sale markets for banquets as well as locally distributed Re-Juiced
Swing Banquet will follow the Wick Session - for
more information see below.
Brown will be presenting his campaign project
'affordable neighbourhoods'; an alternative proposal for the
design, construction and provision of affordable work space on an
interim basis on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; the work draws
on the collective self-build studio culture in Hackney Wick and
Fish Island, proposing a design build mechanism enabling the
fleeting creative classes to settle in to this publicly owned new
bit of city.
Jones from Assemble will present the benefits and
pitfalls of a number of approaches to 'building beyond your means'
that Assemble have employed in their projects, ranging from ramming
rubble, speaking in different languages, repurposing off-the-shelf
industrial components, involving volunteers and being
Liza Fior, muf
will draw on the work by muf in HW/FI over the last 4 years and in
particular, the report Sustaining Creativity , which asked what
would it take to keep affordable workspace in Hackney Wick and Fish
Harding will present the Change.org campaign
to save creative workspace from the unintended consequence of
planning policy changes. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, DCLG
intends to relax planning requirements so that developers can
change office premises to residential without needing planning
permission. This relaxation in planning does not guarantee
affordable housing. The unintended consequence is the risk to jobs
that may damage growth sectors in the economy such as creative and
Visit the petition page to support the campaign
SPRING SWING - 7PM - till midnight
The Wick Session will be direclty followed
by Spring Swing - a waste food Banquet
held in Victoria Wharf to celebrate the seasons change after the
Equinox on the 20th of March. Ticket price the banquet is £25 but a
£5 earlybird discount is offered (only 30 available). RSVP needed -
Wick Sessions are for free of charge.
is a community fundraising collaboration
between a collective of East London social
, The Peoples
, and The Luna Cooperative.
The recipe: Take a few pallets of food waste, add a host of
volunteers, stir in circus, music, and performing arts, add an
after party for flavour, let stew and serve a few times a
From plough to plate 20 million tonnes of food is wasted each year
in the UK. Our Banquets salvage surplus food from the restaurants
and markets of east London, funnelling the waste product of a
destructive economy, to re-imagining our collective potential and
As you might have noticed we have been running a lot of Wick
Sessions on a Friday - or Friday Sessions in the Wick - or, Wick
One reason to move the studio to Hackney Wick was to get more
embedded into the situation or place in which we are developing
work. Friday Sessions are very much part of the practice and since
2010 we have dedicated some of the Friday Session to the area as
Wick Sessions, moving around from place to place from situation to
When making proposals for our new project - R-urban Wick - the format stuck and
got incorporated. It also coincided with our office move. Since
then we have dedicated more and more time to the area and many
Friday Sessions have become Wick Sessions.
However, Friday session have not disappeared - so don't be
confused - in the meantime we will post the Wick Sessions here as
well - and at our nice new project website - www.wicksessions.net
FRIDAY THE 7TH OF DECEMBER 2012, 6:30PM IN HACKNEY WICK
Setting the Scene will host a series of
practitioners all involved in performance, film and urban narrative
to discuss the role of the setting within which their work takes
place. These settings range from artificially constructed
environments to site-specific locations within the city.
We have invited:
The Yard Theatre - http://theyardtheatre.co.uk
30 Bird Productions - http://www.30birdproductions.org
Live Art Development Agency - http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk
Urban Words - http://www.urbanwords.org.uk
to discuss, how real or artificial settings contribute to a
piece of performance/Live art/film or text and question if those
art forms can contribute to the identity of the place/specific site
after the piece is over.
TALK - FRIDAY THE 7TH OF DECEMBER 2012, 6:30PM
AT THE WHITE BUILDING
WHEN - Friday the 7th of DECEMBER 2012, 6:30PM
WHERE - Events Space, White Building, Unit 7
Queens Yard, 43 White Post Lane, E9 5EN
PLEASE RSVP TO TORANGE - firstname.lastname@example.org
The session is in conjunction with InterMix a
two year creative training and development programme for Essex.
Intermix aims to link mainstream organisations with community
groups and individuals, and encourages best practice in artistic
development, mentoring, and capacity building for Essex artists and
arts organisations. public works is part of the intermix mentoring
Friday Sessions will re-start in our new location in Hackney
Wick, the former Finishing Factory, now the White Building. Part of
the London Legacy Development Cooperations interim use strategy.
Fotos of the
abandoned Finishing Factory by Chris
FS_51 With Emma Hedditch, Anthony Davies, Howard Slater,
From Trauma 1-11 to.....?
In the Summer of 2011 Emma Hedditch, Anthony Davies, Howard Slater,
Jakob Jakobsen along with Henriette Heise, worked together on
'Trauma 1 - 11: Stories about The Copenhagen Free
University and the surrounding society in the last ten years'
Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde Denmark. This exhibition
was developed and staged as an attempt to retrace personal,
collective memories within the broader (and often traumatic)
framework of global events.
Since then, Howard, Anthony and Jakob have continued to work,
together with others, on Mayday
Rooms, an 'organisation' set up to recover and further
socialise histories of dissent and struggle. This along with Emma's
long term commitment to Feminist History/s will form the starting
point of the discussion at public works.
Friday 27th April
at 19.30 hours
1-5 Vyner Street
London E2 9DG
This Friday Session doesn't promise a quick fix
to raising money for projects, but looks at different models and
concepts of self-funding and self-sufficiency. Speakers are
UK MD of PleaseFund.Us
Introduction to crowdfunding and to PleaseFund.Us: what is it, how
Brave New Alps, a
collective based in Valdaora (Bolzano), Nomi (Trento) and London.
Presentation of Designing Economic
Cultures, a research project investigating the relation between
precarity, collaborative practice and the production of critically
Curator at Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, a Contemporary Art Centre
based in Trevi (Perugia) and currently collaborator of public
works. A survey of alternative economic models and collaborative
practices to fund cultural activities outside mainstream
Friday 24th February at 19.00
at public works studio
1-5 Vyner Street
Organised and curated by Matilde Martinetti.
Soup will be served.
Sunday, 11th Dec 2011 -
4pm - 6pm
At public works - 1-5 Vyner street, London
After a talk by James Quilligan at an event held by School of
Commoning the realisation of how far the thinking about commons
extends, from cultural commons to intellectual commons, digital
commons, common governance and the common sector as an additional
sector to the existing private and public sector lead to the
inspiration for this event.
In this Friday Session (on a SUNDAY) we are delighted to
of Commoning will introduce their activities towards a new kind
of educational space, to bring the commons into being. It is a
social enterprise that provides education for commons culture and
Bauwens, research fellow at university of Amsterdam and
external expert at Pontifical academy of social sciences to talk
about co-production and co-governance.
will explore forms of commons and commonality, making a small,
specific cut into the large question of how to live autonomously
and together by focusing on old and new enclosures, forms of
communing and of being in common.
public works will present a selection of projects which
attempted to implement co-production and spatial/urban tools that
tried to create commonality.
If there's interest, there will be also a possibility to test
the commons concept in practice, by envisioning the formation of a
knowledge commons on Urban Spaces for the People, by the People.
This could become a collaborative project to follow on from this
We are inviting friends and
colleagues to join us for drinks, music and get-your-design-x-mas
decoration laser cut on Friday 2nd December from 19.00 at our
studio on Vyner Street. Matilde Martinetti, who currently works
with us, will be playing her latest compilation "STEREO-TYPE. New
frontiers of Italian Music". See more info below.
Bring a design for a very special x-mas decoration and the most
popular one will be laser cut that night. You can also send it by e
mail in advance. Just keep it smaller than A4.
Spritz will be served. And there will be food - of course.
* The compilation explores the concept of stereotype starting
with a fundamental element of Italian culture: the melodic music of
the Classical Period. The composers of those early songs influenced
the shaping of a home made stereotype more than important historic
eras such as Risorgimento (the Italian unification 150 years ago),
the temporary post-war cohesion or the disown of terrorism during
Another compilation, the Compilation of Crisis, can be
Have a look at the winner of our Christmas decoration
competition by Christopher king.