HAPPENING HERE! (2014-15)
Neighbourhood social art project for people who live in Buckland & Broadlands housing estates in Newton Abbot, Devon
Context: art as ‘Soziale Plastik’, mapping with rich media, making & building, cooking, talking & sharing food together.
Happening Here! got people together in Buckland and Broadlands in Newton Abbot, to map what was happening in their neighbourhood, streets and public places… and to make some things happen ourselves.
In Buckland we ran free media activities for young people aged 9-16. The end result is a rich media map that shares the stories of everyone involved.
In Broadlands we built a pizza oven on Bushell Rd together. We built it on Friday, fired it up and cooked more than 100 pizzas with residents on Saturday, then we removed it on Sunday. Result? Making your own pizzas tastes better than buying them… and building the oven to bake them in gives you an appetite… whilst meeting neighbours you’ve never spoken to before.
Photography: Jennie Hayes
A partnership project: instigated by Daisi (Devon’s arts education organisation) and Teign Housing, supported through the South West Bridge Challenge Fund.
Blind Ditch were commissioned by the partners to develop an artist-led project that focuses on values and perceptions of neighbourhood and social life, in order to promote positive relationships between people and the places they live in.
- Sat 7th Feb 10am-12.30pm 2015 – Buckland on street drop-in activity (meet at Buckland and Milber Community Centre) – to get involved in community interviews. Look out for the ‘artist-at-work’ signs.
- Tues 17th Feb 2015 – Buckland workshop 10am-1pm Buckland and Milber Community Centre and surroundings
- Sat 28th Feb 2015 – Buckland workshop 10am-1pm Buckland and Milber Community Centre and surroundings
- Friday 6th March 2015 – Buckland workshop 6.30pm-9pm animation workshop at Buckland and Milber Community Centre
- Sat 14th March – Buckland 2015 workshop 10am-1pm Buckland and Milber Community Centre
- Sat 14th March 2015 2pm-5pm – Volkhardt and Lizzy visited community members in Broadlands sharing information about the project and gathering conversations and volunteers.
- Weds 1st and Thurs 2nd April 2015 – Buckland workshops 10am-4pm Buckland and Milber Community Centre
- Sat 25th April 2015 10.30am-12.30pm – community meeting to plan the event. ALL WELCOME! Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. The Community Room, Mapleton Close.
- Sat 2nd May 2015 – Buckland workshop 10am-1pm Buckland and Milber Community Centre
- Sat 16th May 2015 – Buckland project celebration day 11am-3.30pm, Buckland and Milber Community Centre ALL WELCOME!
- Sat 22nd, 23rd May, 24th May 2015 – Broadlands Bakehouse event, Broadlands Estate.
Concept: Paula Crutchlow & Volkhardt Müller
Facilitation: Volkhardt Müller & Lizzy Humber
Evaluator: Jenny Hayes
DAISI project manager: Rae Hoole
Design: Lee Hodges.
Many thanks to the staff of Teign Housing for their support.