Art in the Social Sphere symposium

Radar arts programme at Loughborough University are organising a one day symposium on Art in the Social Sphere.
public works will presenting a paper on the spatial typologies that are generated and developed through socially engaged art practices. public works current commission for Radar is part of the International Village Shop idea, which is about exploring new architectural typologies alongside public and participatory work.


WCS 2009 Calendar launch at the Hackney Wick 2012 Community Meeting

Join us for the an outing of the Wick Curiosity Shop and the launch of the WCS 2009 Calender. Thursday the 22nd of January 2009 from 3pm at the Hackney Wick Community Centre. Click here for directions.

The Wick Curiosity Shop 2009 Calendar is a limited edition of collages based on Hackney Wick’s past, present and future. It was made by Polly Brannan from public works and Hilary Powell from Optimistic Productions.
You can purchase a copy for £10 (postage not included) by e-mailing the Wick Curiosity Shop

The Wick Curiosity Shop is an eclectic collection of local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories from or about Hackney Wick. On the day of the Hackney Wick Festival the shop hosted a rich mixture of displays and performances, bringing together the weird and the wonderful found in Hackney Wick.

Beyond the Festival the shop exist on line and as a series of events in which it temporarily assembles. The display and the format in which the shop is presented are changing with each event and the shop archive is continuously growing. We’re slowly collecting an extensive list of contributions made in or inspired by Hackney Wick and the surrounding area.

The Wick Curiosity Shop is a project by public works in collaboration with Pudding Mill River:Purveyors of Sporting Spirits and Foodstuffs commissioned by [SPACE] for the Hackney Wick Festival, which took place on the 27th of September 2008.

Contact us if you would like to contribute something to the shop or if you spot something that needs further explanation. You can also join our mailing list to stay informed about future events.

6 month of the Wick Calendar by Hilary Powell

More collaborative village produce

public works together with have been invited by Nick Slater at the Radar arts programme at Loughborough University, to suggest a participatory public project as part of the current Group Process commissioning series.
The proposal was to work with two local groups on the development of a new produce to enter the longer-term International Village Shop initiative.
Research staff from the renowned Sports Technology Department at the University are currently meeting with an informal group of young people from the nearby village of Barrow upon Soar to brainstorm ideas and prototypes for a new sports produce.
A Symposium on Art in the Public Sphere takes place on Thursday 29th Jam 09.