Sydenham arts are pleased to announce the commissioning of three new creative projects as part of our @Home Digital Programme, supported by Arts Council England.
Four artists will be supported to create new work, engaging with Local Sydenham and Lewisham communities over the coming weeks.
Aisling Gallagher and Calum Perrin will create a unique piece of audio art together with Lewisham’s disabled community, reflecting and responding to their experiences of lockdown. The work will explore deeply personal experiences and look at the changes in sensory environments for disabled people, many of whom have being shielding and isolating, and the concerns of the world slowly ‘returning to normal’ without them as an under-represented and under-supported community. The final piece will be a reflective, highly sensory piece, and will highlight the importance of learning the lessons from lockdown and how the world needs to respond and adapt to support disabled communities in the future.
Esme Allman will deliver her project The Space of Our Lack is the Space of Possibility, a series of poetry workshops for young people of colour (age 16-21), offering a creative outlet and safe space to find joy amid catastrophe. The multi-faceted workshops will help individuals to explore key themes such as identity, structural racism, grief, ghosts, hope and joy. The motivation behind the project is to acknowledge pre-existing structures of racism and how the current set of circumstances – a global pandemic – has both amplified this inequality and created the space for imagining possibilities beyond inequality. The project will enable participants to respond creatively, and include public sharing opportunities to celebrate the final collection of work.
Angela Eyton will create and host the Sydenham Arts Podcast, connecting across our creative communities and links across the borough and wider South London. The podcast will reflect on the unique and challenging experiences of lockdown, the struggles to keep arts and creativity alive in our communities, and the major role it has played in improving the quality of life for many in recent months. The podcast will delve into life in Sydenham, looking at the challenges faced by local creatives and members of the community, whilst celebrating the positive messages, good news stories, and amazing artistic response we have seen. Angela’s light-hearted wit and humour will give us all something to smile about as our communities begin to recover.
All of these projects will offer opportunities for participation for residents and communities in Sydenham, and will be created and presented throughout the summer months.