Posted: June 24th, 2013 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events, Residents | Tags: art, Carnival, Festival, Hayes, Residents | No Comments »
Come to Grow Heathrow on Saturday 6th of July from 2pm – 6pm to make your very own costume for the Hayes Carnival procession.
Exploring ways to recycle textiles and clothes creatively, the theme of this year’s carnival is Hayes, past, present and future.
For more information email email@example.com or call 07890751568.
Posted: April 12th, 2013 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events | Tags: art, crafternoon | No Comments »
The sun shone gloriously on the meadow and on the creative beavers at the recycled textiles themed Crafternoons workshop last Saturday.
Locals and residents joined forces to revel in secondhand material, giving it a new lease of life in various mediums. Their woven masterpieces and fantastical fabric fairies now reside (for one month only!) in our new Crafternoons Exhibition Space, which is now open for all to enjoy.
Another free workshop brought to you by Grow Heathrow, don’t miss out on our next event, PRINTMAKING WITH LOU on Saturday 4th May at 2pm.
Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events | Tags: art, crafternoon | No Comments »
Join us at Grow Heathrow this Saturday for a free workshop exploring ways to recycle textiles creatively with Theresa and Steffie.
You’re welcome from 12 for the working group discussion, followed by lunch. From 1, learn how to weave rugs, patchwork, give old clothes and new lease of life and most excitingly make fabric fairies!
Crafternoons take place on the first Saturday of every month, and the next ones are print making (4 May) and mosaic reliefs (1 June).
Posted: March 26th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events | Tags: art, crafternoon | No Comments »
On the first Saturday of every month, Grow Heathrow holds a variety of free art workshops. You are welcome to join us at 12 for the working group discussion, followed by lunch and the workshop, or come along at 1 for the workshop.
Here’s the timetable so far:
Saturday 6 April: Recycled textiles
Exploring ways to recycle textiles creatively with Theresa and Steffie, learn how to weave rugs, patchwork, give old clothes and new lease of life and most excitingly make fabric fairies!
Saturday 4 May: Printmaking
Exploring the use of natural and synthetic printmaking methods with Lou, including: hapa-zome Japanese natural printing, mon-printing, lino and collograph, exploring nature as inspiration.
Saturday 1 June: Mosiac reliefs
Recycled mosiac reliefs with Brenda, a workshop using bric a brac, bottle tops and broken tiles, inspired by Stephen Wright who creates bright, vivid image reliefs out of disused, unwanted materials. Come along with your bric a brac and turn it into a beautiful relief for your house or garden!
All ages and abilities welcome! For more information, call 07890751568 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: November 10th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: art, com.cafe | No Comments »
Grow Heathrow have teamed up with the brilliant local community Com.Cafe to bring you three arts and crafts sessions in the run up to christmas.
‘Crafternoons’ will now be taking place at the Com.Cafe on the following dates: Wednesday 14th Nov, Wed 28th November & Wed 19th December (not 12th December – INCORRECT on poster). See poster above for more information.
Where: The ComCafe, UB7 9JD
Cost: FREE (Contact: email@example.com)
Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: art, transition | No Comments »
Revamped art space
After being awarded £200 for Community Engagement work, local child Olivia Howard, age 13, has donated her winnings to the Grow Heathrow community art space, stocking it up with materials and resulting in the art space re-vamp.
So now the art space needs you! Whether your in a group or by yourself, if you have an idea or want inspiration, please come round for a cup of tea and get painting, sketching, sowing and creating. CRAFTERNOONS will now run every Wednesday Afternoon from 3.30-6PM and this week we will be making lanterns and lampshades.
If you can’t make Wednesdays, you can come any other afternoon and get on with your own project, as the space is always open. Directions to Grow Heathrow can be found here: http://www.transitionheathrow.com/directions/
Art space before
Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: matt | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events | Tags: art, community, transition | No Comments »
As part of Hillingdon Arts Week, Grow Heathrow held a performance residency; ‘Kaleidoscope – Heathrow in Transition’. The residency brought together a group of eclectic, creative individuals to collaborate in producing a forum theatre piece that highlighted the concept of peak oil, the values of Grow Heathrow and the Transition Towns movement.
We started off with concept development. This entailed taking ideas such as Peak oil, waste, Transition and community, and translating them into a script and visual performance. We wanted to get people’s attention as well as help them to question modern living habits. At the same time we were also integrating the ‘forum theatre’ model, as well as a musical back drop.
By day 3 we were moving on to the visual stage, with people from all sorts of different theatrical and performance backgrounds joining us. We then started to interpret what we had already put down in the conceptual stage to develop it theatrically. It was wonderful to see how different people responded to different themes. Each time someone came and worked on the project, it ripened the piece, until a fully formed forum theatre production emerged.
We managed to create a complete piece of forum theatre with a full cast, script, props and music in a matter of days, whilst mixing many artistic disciplines. We performed at a community fete and in the community centre centre, where we got audiences to participate in a full throttle debate about what they had seen. This included thoughts about advertising, farming, stress, wonky veg shops and more! Initiating debates and discussions like these has helped the local community ‘hear each other out’. And in the words of Audre Lorde: “Without community, there is no liberation.”
The performance was filmed and will be out soon – watch this space!
Posted: May 14th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: art, community, Residents, sipson | No Comments »
Transition Heathrow invite you to our free Arts and Crafts workshop running every Tuesday afternoon from 2-5pm at the Grow Heathrow community site – Vineries Close, Sipson, UB7 0JG
The next 3 weeks see:
Tuesday 15th – Kite Making – creating our own home-made kites that we can then go out and fly together
Tuesday 22nd – Fence weaving – with a fence as our canvas, we will use recycled materials such as plastic bags, fabric and wool, to create a patchwork fence.
Tuesday 29th – Clay modelling – using clay we have dug from the ground ourselves, we will explore this medium to make whatever we want.
Come and join the fun – kids and adults welcome – please spread the word.
Posted: March 7th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: activism, art, resistance | No Comments »
We started the week-long residency, ‘Resistance is Beautiful’ at Grow Heathrow, with an introduction to a site I’ve heard a lot about, and through various activist networks have met many of those who live there. After a series of procrastinated opportunities I decided this was the perfect opportunity to visit.
What is resistance? That is where we started. To some it is the standing in opposition, to the others it is the proactive search and enaction of alternative realities. I err towards the first as my definition of resistance, and in my own work call the latter ‘imagineering’. Grow Heathrow is a site of resistance and imagineering – and embodies different meanings to different people – visitors and residents.
As the week progressed towards an ‘exhibition/show’ on the Saturday, efforts were made towards pulling together some collaborative work. My thoughts began with the idea of ‘The Great Eviction Game’ – a playful enaction of the potential eviction that could happen later this year in which the evictors are only allowed to evict the residents if they win a game that is played out on site, by the site’s rules. Taking the format of a ‘wide game’, i.e. different tasks to be completed at various stations – teams are not necessarily in competition, rather, the aim is for all to have an educational experience in which they are given an opportunity to embody the ethos of the site through shared activity.
After spending some time developing this idea, I decided it focused on an eventuality that did not need to be evoked at this point in time. I still think it would be a challenging and engaging way to approach police if/when they come to the gate – to challenge them to a game, immediately taking on the eviction in the site’s own terms – when the police refuse to play, it is they who first break the rules. After hearing about others’ ideas I couldn’t see a place for me to take part in them – partly due to lack of experience/skill/interest, and partly because I needed to leave site for the entire day preceding the show and so wouldn’t be able to help in any way with their development at a key point.
I started to think about my own relationship with the site – how was I engaging with it. I felt very at home in Grow Heathrow, largely because I could see the similarities between life there and my own, very outdoors-focused life on a boat. I began with the notion that we should do nothing on the Saturday, simply allow visitors to observe the site ‘in action’ and make some effort to ensuring that they feel able to ask questions/enter into discussion – potentially through shared food or participatory tasks. This idea was then challenged by another member of the group, with what I felt was a valid opposition – people are only coming to the site in the hope of seeing/doing something. To do nothing would be to disappoint, and could potentially be harmful. Not doing anything wasn’t avoiding the performative, as the ‘audience’ had already been invited and so performance was intrinsic to the day.
Given the limited time available, I spent most of the days thinking about how to make visible the life aesthetic and opted to do it through objects – offering insight into the operations and history of the site through its material objects – telling the stories of these objects through explanation and anecdote, integrating the ‘explanatory signs’ into the fabric of the object. This in turn, I hope allowed the viewer to interact with the object, and therefore the site and its workings, in a deeper way.
I made five signs as part of the project I’d call ‘lifting the veil’: On a piece of sheet music I stuck to the piano I wrote the notes ‘A’ and ‘E’ which on the site’s piano were linked to the adjoining hammers. Between staves I then wrote ‘play these notes…” when you hold down one thing you also hold down the adjoining” Augie March – and something also on dissonance and resistance. On a T-shirt in the free shop I wrote about the idea of a free shop being more than discarding unwanted items and picking up freebies, but as its potential to be a tool in helping us imagine futures without monetary transactions forming the basis of everything we do. On plant pot signs I wrote about the radical nature of growing our own food. On the inside of an inner tube situated within a car tyre I wrote of the multi-function of car tyres, as plant pots, barricades, etc. and this link to permaculture. On a postcard I hung up in the main living area, I mentioned how the postcards, pictures and posters hung up in that area are not just memories and histories, but also locate the site within the wider activist movement.
In terms of my experience working collaboratively – I felt as though I’d come to the residency expecting a greater focus on radical politics and activism and their link-up with the creative arts. At first I was disappointed that this was not the focus, however, I did gain a lot from working with artists who have a defined and developed artistic practice. In reflection, I also see that what I gained was the lived experience of merging radical politics and creativity by living in Grow Heathrow whilst having a creative practice.
I also now feel as though I can’t claim credit for ‘lifting the veil’ as it only came out of discussions with the group, around the fire, whilst working, washing-up and cooking – and in discussing their own projects. And so in that way, ‘lifting the veil’, like so many projects, is made up of collaborative and communal experience – it is just my own interpretation made manifest.
Guest post written by Will who took part in the Grow Heathrow arts residency
Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: art, resistance | No Comments »
For the Grow Heathrow Artists Residency: Resistance is Beautiful, 15 artists from all over; Bristol, Newcastle, Germany and more, gathered at Grow Heathrow on a Sunday, without really knowing what was in store for them in the week.
The project co-coordinators had created a loose structure. The beginning of the Residency was set up to introduce Grow Heathrow with its sustainable and community ethics and the history of Sipson, as nourishment and inspiration for the creative process. The week would culminate in some kind of ‘exhibition’ on the last day, which was to be planned by the residents. The rest of the week was open for the residents to make of it what they wanted.
Day one included tours of Grow Heathrow, looking at all the points of resistance, from the solar panels creating independent energy, to the many signs and placards opposing the third runway. Each resident then interpreted parts of the site that interested them, through their own creative means. On the Monday, a blank rota was also drawn up with chores such as cooking, washing up and going out to skip food. Throughout the week, everybody filled in their names to ensure the duties were equally distributed. At the end of the day, everybody was asked for feedback on how they felt it went, and the next day’s activities were discussed. As the light began to fade, the residents all settled in to a talk from Hedvig from the London Permaculture Network – more nourishment for the creative hands.
On the 2nd day the group was given a tour of Sipson and the surrounding area, showing the history of Sipson, and the detrimental effects the airport has had on the community. The residents were also joined by Steve, one of the many local residents who has adopted Grow Heathrow as a second home and who, with his wife and family are actively involved in protesting against the injustices being carried out by BAA. The rest of the day involved more creative interpretations, and ideas began to flow about the tragedy of Sipson, BAA and the hopes and strengths of the wider movement.
With our ‘introduction’ complete, everyone sat down to one of many delicious meals, made with ingredients largely ‘skipped’ or donated. Again, the group discussed opinions and experiences thus far, and what was wanted from the rest of the week.
By Thursday, the 4th day of the residency, the group had started to form plans of how the exhibition might evolve. Many ideas and concepts where discussed and suggested, from group forum theatre pieces to solo pieces. It was agreed by all that, of all of the worthy pieces of work we could muster between us, the site was not only a living breathing work of art, but also the site and its immediate surroundings represented enormous cultural relevance. It was our job as artists to present this in a way which embraced the significance, the beauty and the struggle of this powerfully charged square mile of land and the surrounding community. The form with which this were to take was a ‘trail’ or a ‘tour’ almost.
So Saturday came, the trail was set and a great mixture of friends and residents, new and old, were handed a map and sent off to explore the trail. The trail included paintings and signs at the gate, to art installations in the greenhouses, to creating a band playing entirely on recycled materials called the ‘Dumpstarz’ in the ‘Tat Store’ (the name given to the onsite recycling). A workshop was also organized, with talks and statements by residents and locals. These were held in the remaining derelict green houses to the ‘back’ of the site, which have been vacated since the early nineties, and have been nearly entirely ‘taken back’ by nature; trees and vines completely engulfing the vast amounts of domestic and industrial waste, and neglected market garden structures. We also went and did some excellent Guerilla gardening in the village, as part of the exhibition. Modifications were also made to a bridge, abstract installations, and ‘make your own pizzas’ in the Pizza oven made by residents. Oh and a map to the trail was lovingly penned by our one and only Mike!
It was a week of such condensed inspiration and action that it’s hard to fit everything in, but the magic of the residency has inspired Grow Heathrow residents, Sipson residents and residents from across the country and beyond. Thanks to everyone involved.
This blog was written by Dan, one of the artists who took part in the residency