launch of 'the whitechapel gift shop' thursday, 27 Nov.

join us for the launch of the whitechapel gift shop

featuring the opening of photographer jon cartwright and the launch of the gift exchange

november 27th, 2008, 7-9pm
the whitechapel gift shop
2a east mount street
london e1 1ba
click to view map

The whitechapel gift shop is part of a larger project by public works which sees the transformation of an old pottery building in whitechapel e1 into a (non for profit) gallery and project space as well as the home for pilar and pele cortizo-burgess owners and shop keepers. The premise is organised around a internal 'court yard' and comprises a living quarter that can accommodate previously agreed one off cultural events and the whitechapel gift shop, an informal cultural space engaging with the local community.

the whitechapel gift shop consists of 3 non-commercial parts:
1)artists space: studio space donated to artists for short residencies. The first phase of residencies will host artists: jon cartwright, victoria nightingale, richard and christopher fairhead, frontal, verity keefe, katy binks, kamala katbamna, flip baber. click to see full programme
2)the gift exchange: where ‘gifts’ made by individuals or groups are exchanged for other ‘gifts’, not sold.
3)gifted: a series of workshops and conversations aimed at inspiring individuals and groups to discover and share their gifts.

Building work to the living quarter will start early in 2009 once the first phase of residencies are completed. Both the development of the gift shop and the development of the design for the building works are running in parallel and indirectly inform each other. The project proposes an architectural process which is equally concerned with establishing a new network of social relationships as well as delivering a physical environment which can support those new relationships as they are being played out and expanded over time.

Both aspects of the project explore notions of recycling and reusing which ultimately will inform the aesthetics of the build.

Höfer Goods goes in its 3rd year - village fete stall and films on Sun 5th October in Höfen near Bamberg, Upper Frankonia, Southern Germany

image: local pre pre launch of the films earlier this summer

public works together with and Grizedale Arts have been producing 8 short films which document the makers and making of different village produce. Three of the films have been shot in Höfen and show the making of the butterspoon, the doylless bag and the jar lamp - all former Höfer Goods produce.
This years - alongside well known conserves and other things - we' ll be showing and selling the films on DVD.
The films will be launched in the UK on 13th November 2008 as part of the New Seasons exhisbition at the Royal Academy and together with other film projects curated by Grizedale Arts for the project.

Art and Regeneration in Folkestone. Presentations and Debate on Friday 12 Sep

Art and Regeneration.
A half day symposium from 14.00 10 18.00
followed by a public round table discussion at 18.30
Friday 12th September 2008

Georges House,
8 the Old High Street,
Kent CT20 1RL, UK
T: 44 (0) 1303 244533

The event is an initiative by public works as part of the Folkestone Triennial and in association with Folkestone based Strange Cargo, Club Shepway, The Creative Foundation and the Research Network Forum.

The half day symposium brings together a number of practitioners and organisations from Folkestone and the South East Coast, who are involved in cultural programmes that are linked to regeneration issues.

Art and Regeneration are two terms frequently used to describe current changes in Folkestone. The event wants to provide a platform to look at actual cultural programmes and initiatives, and to discuss overlaps and differences in existing and projected ideas and strategies for Folkestone.


13.30 Registration
14.00 Welcome by Strange Cargo and public works
14.10 Introduction by public works
14.40 Presentation by Brigitte Orasinski from Strange Cargo followed
15.10 Presentation by Nick Ewbank Creative Foundation followed by questions
15.40 Coffeebreak
16.00 Presentation by Andrea Schlieker from Folkestone Triennial followed by questions
16.30 Presentation by Laura Mansfield and Matt Rowe from Club Shepway followed by questions
17.00 Break out Session
17.45 Plenum and feedback from the 2 Sessions
18.00 Break and Refreshments

18.30 – 20.00
Public panel discussion with

Andrea Schlieker (Folkestone Triennial)
Nick Ewbank (Creative Foundation)
Paul Rennie (Folkestone Research Network Forum)
Laura Mansfield (Club Shepway)
Brigitte Orasinski (Strange Cargo)

Chaired by Kathrin Böhm (public works)

The event is free, but seats are limited.
For more information and bookings please contact

About the partners organising the event
(all texts are taken from the organisation’s websites)

public works is a London based artist and architects collective involved in this year’s Folkestone Triennial. public works develops physical and non physical models to allow for a participatory and cross-hierarchical reflection and shaping of public spaces. Their contribution to the triennial is a mobile mapping station called “Folkestonomy” ( which traces everyday cultural spaces within the town and compiles individual mappings in a growing on line map.

Strange Cargo
Over its eleven year lifespan, Strange Cargo has established a reputation for high profile quality public art, and has delivered award-winning projects, including Like the Back of my Hand, an extensive installation at Folkestone Central station which recently won the Rouse Kent Public Art Award. In its public art involvement, Strange Cargo seeks to create works of context, leaving communities with lasting meaningful landmarks and a sense of participation in their surrounding environment.

Club Shepway
Club Shepway is a group of emerging artists and writers based in Folkestone. Playing with local histories, hidden memories and current affairs Club Shepway is concerned with the social and commercial development occurring in the area. Through events, exhibitions and interventions Club Shepway aims to develop an active arena of cultural debate within the current process of regeneration.

Creative Foundation
How do you regenerate a once-fashionable but now faded seaside town?
The regeneration question matters across Britain, and for the Folkestone-based Creative Foundation it demands an innovative answer: we want to revitalise the town by attracting and harnessing the energies of creative people and businesses.

Folkestone Triennial
One of the of the most ambitious public art projects to be presented in the UK, the Triennial is a three-yearly exhibition of works which will be specially commissioned for public spaces throughout Folkestone. The selected artists have responded to the invitation with proposals for artworks that engage with the Kent coastal town’s history, population, culture and built environment to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition.
The Triennial is conceived and curated by curator Andrea Schlieker, co-curator of the British Art Show 2005/06, and aims to examine changing notions of art in the public realm. The inaugural Folkestone Triennial will include both temporary works, which will remain in situ for the three months of the show, and a number of permanent works. This pattern will be repeated in subsequent Triennials so that, over time, Folkestone will become a centre for contemporary art of the highest calibre.

Regeneration Network Forum
The Research Network Forum (RNF) is organised by Dr Paul Rennie of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. It is hosted by University Centre Folkestone and is supported by the Creative Foundation.
The RNF will take place over three separate days over the summer of 2008. The RNF coincides with the Folkestone Triennial – an international festival of contemporary public sculpture.
The town of Folkestone is a historic seaside resort on the south coast of Britain (located at the English end of the Channel Tunnel). Like many seaside towns, it has suffered from a variety of economic and social problems that devolve from the perception of economic marginalisation and collapse of the traditional English seaside holiday.
Those problems are now being actively addressed through cultural regeneration. The Creative Foundation is engaged in promoting this regeneration through a variety of initiatives, not least the 2008, 2011 and 2014 Folkestone Triennials. In addition, the arrival of HS1 rail services to-and-from London will place Folkestone at one end of a development corridor stretching from King’s Cross to East Kent, via the Olympic sites of East London.
Accordingly, Folkestone is a uniquely qualified environment in which to investigate the effectiveness of these regeneration strategies and to elaborate the interdisciplinary and collaborative methodologies that will support the proper analysis of regeneration economics.

The 'Wick Curiosity Shop' opens on Wed the 6th of August at 7PM.



Wednesday the 6th of August 2008
7PM - 9PM on the Green at Hackney Wick
Click to view a map.

public works together with Pudding Mill River have been invited by Space Studios to make a contribution to the Hackney Wick Festival which will take palace on the 27th of September on the green outside the church in Hackney Wick. Our contribution is called the Wick Curiosity Shop and brings together the weird and wonderful world hidden in Hackney Wick. To generate interest in the shop we will have a series of small scale, informal events leading up to the festival. First showing is this Wednesday the 6th of August. Come along if you would like to tell us about something that should be part of the shop or drop in for a drink of some locally harvested and produced elder-flower champagne kindly sponsored by Pudding Mill River.

project commissioned by SPACE

Talking Village Trade

It's called an Honesty Box, or Honesty Stall. Or Honesty Table. But also Village Kiosk and Village Shelves. Or Dorfstand., public works, Grizedale Arts and somewhere met up to talk about all the different shops we have in place already and how and why it should or could come together as one initiative with multiple rules and concepts and ambitions and ideas and products.
A first series of trailor films, commissioned by Grizedale Arts for will be shown later this spring, and next shop and box outlest are planned for the summer.