Tobi - our man on the ground in Kolkotta - is busy visiting the
construction sites of three new resource centres spread over the
three districts of Nadia, Medinipur and Puruliya in West Bengal.
Initated by 'Banglanatak'
a group of social entrepreneurs who are working closely with
artists and craftsmen in several villages of West Bengal.
The resource centres are part of a wider development of regional
heritage trails. Each centre is dedicated to a specific artform
which is dominant in the area. The land for the centres has been
donated to the project by the local artists and crafts communities.
The heritage trails are being developed with the Department of
Tourism, Culture and Development at London Metropolitan Business
School. The resource centres act as nodes for the trails and as an
important piece of infastructure in the future development of the
artform and its economical success.
Tobi Sofela from public works has the pleasure of spending three
months in Kolkotta, overseeing the completion of the centres in
cooperation with the local architect and contractor.
Join us on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 September 2010
9.30am - 5pm
Venue: firstsite 4 - 6 Short Wyre Street Ages:
For Everyone Price: Free, just drop in
Inn project continues to grow following the February
launch of The Knot Curtain, made with Colchester Chinese Culture
Society (CCCS). We are now working with three more Colchester based
groups to produce the new space for hosting and welcoming in
On 8 and 9 September a group of students from the BA (Hons) Art
and Design - Three Dimensional Design and Craft course at
Colchester Institute will develop a typical 'front room' at
firstsite, where knick-knacks and selected objects will be arranged
as conversation starters that can also be swapped by and with the
general public. Come in and see what's going on
Join My Club at the Polish Arts
Festival in Southend-on-Sea from the 12th to the 13th of
September 2010. public works ongoing collaboration
Production continues on the newly designed and customised
Bedford truck which hosts a temporary roaming cultural space.
A military truck, a tower, a shed in the sky, a house cut in
half and the British army: Chodzenie-Siberia is a spectacular
outdoor event inspired by the journey of Poles to Siberia and Iran.
Come and walk through regiments of soldiers, a wall of sound and
enter the weird and wonderful world of Chodzenie-Siberia, see film
projections on the truck, and climb a spiral staircase in the tower
to look into the shed and see trains and towys against a vast
Join us in the city centre. We will be making army uniform
inspired accessories in the thin rooms of an army truck, displaying
them in gilded framed windows and hold intimate specialists talks
in the shed in the sky on the truck. So come along, bring inspiring
fabrics and commission your own accessories. Sign up for talks and
have a cup of tea.
Dear old Hackney Wick
The place of our abode
There is no other in the land, it beats the mile end road
It's there that we were born; it's there that we will stick
There is no other in the land like dear old hackney wick
Have a banana !
public works got a new commission for a small temporary project
in Hackney Wick. The piece - Route Book (working title) -
is commissioned by muf
architecture/art as part of their wider involvement
with the public realm work in the area.
As the landscape of Hackney Wick and Fish Island changes once
again and new routes are being cut across the area, bridges being
build and new connections being made we will revisit every day
journeys, walks and narratives that cut through Hackney Wick and
Fish Island from a very local perspective.
The piece will directly contribute to - and be a continuation of
the Wick Curiosity
Shop, an eclectic collection of local produce,
memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories from or about Hackney
Wick in East London
We are happy to be back in the Wick - not that we ever left -
but its a great opportunity to spend more time on site.
Chek our log for updates on the project as
- Lea Bank
Square Open Day
Mobile Porch is on a month long visit at Abbey Wood and Woolwich
in South East London. Polly and Paul from Avant Gardening are roaming
through two estates on two separate projects. For more details
visit their ever growing Avant Gardening website.
The "Individuals Group" from the Colchester Inn project are
organising a Public Tea Party to test run a few
ideas for their contribution to the overall project which looks at
different forms of hosting:
- an oven made from local clay, kind of replicating a roman clay
- homemade cakes and collecting recipes for "camping baking"
- a great selection of cups and mugs from the local Charity
If you re around drop by for a cup of tea and some freshly baked
The art department of the school has moved in with their work and are now taking over from public works
The dye garden which aimed to start the beginnings of a flower
garden to make dye for the art department is now up and running. We
made 3 pots of dye from beetroot, leaves of sweet peas and
marigolds with saffron.
The science department want to collaborate with the art
department through the garden, as science students learn about dyes
The picture above shows the launch of the garden to the wider
school, the management and the governors.
We re running a three day ad hoc production stall called
exchange" on Reuters Plaza/Canary Wharf, as part of the
London Festival of Architecture
Local material: shredded paper from some of the large
corporations (extremely fine stuff!).
Tool: a handpress on a mobile stall.
To do what: to compress shredded paper and anything else from
your pockets into balls.
It s less about function but about fun.
The brand new Abbey Gardens Honesty
Stall will accompany us, with a bag full of compost and seeds
to compress seed-bombs in exchange.
Fri 25th - Sun 27th July, daily from 11.00 - 17.00.
With Emmett Walsh and Millie Harvey
public works has been invited to run a workshop
on cultural mapping in Nikosia as part of the Euromed Heritage
programme an EU funded programme which contributes to
mutual understanding and dialogue between cultures through the
The workshop will take place from the 17th to the 19th of June.
You can read more about the workshop in the Euromed Heritage
We have been invited via Dr Julie Scott, Senior Research Fellow
for Tourism, Culture and Development from London Metropolitan
Business School. Julie and our path have crossed on many different
projects which dealt with aspects cultural mapping (e.g. Folkestonomy)
and tangible or intangible history (e.g. Folk Float)
We are also currently collaborating with Julie and Jonathan on
an EU funded project in India adventurously entitled
Ethnomagic which is lead by Banglanatak a very
energetic NGO based in Kolkata, India.
public works created a new informal space - a
dye garden in a left over space in St Angela Ursuline Catholic
school in Forest Gate, London - as part of a year long
residency for the Whitechapel Gallery's 'Contested Spaces'
The project opens at the Whitechapel Gallery on 16th
June 4pm-6pm, please come and join us.
There will be an open talk about the project on 17th June at
6:30pm at the Whitechapel Gallery. The project questions the role
of artist residencies in schools and demonstrates the spatial
potentials it can create.