A project with Harold Offeh and young people from Canalside Activity Centre and Baraka Youth Education
In collaboration with young people from Canalside Activity Centre and Baraka Youth Association, Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea
In response to Wallinger’s Labyrinth, Harold Offeh will be working with young people to draw on individual experiences and the idea of the Underground as a ‘transporter’ to real and imagined places they like to go to.
The project will result in new exhibitions at Notting Hill Gate and Bethnal Green stations in the summer.
Transporter Launch event hosted by Epic CiC at Canalside Activity Centre – a really great round-off for the project and we were joined by the Deputy Mayor of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Sam Mackover, Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arrts, Arts Council and most importantly Harold and all the young people! Amazing speech from Ilyas Mohamed, Baraka Youth Association and spoken-word piece by Imogen Donaldson-Brown, Canalside.
Harold led us on a tour of the Transporter stations to see our artwork and hear the announcements in actions – it was amazing to see our drawings and to think just how many people will encounter it over the coming months!
Today we tried out ways of creating images, video and sounds from the material we’ve collected over the last seven days that represents an idea of the Underground in the future. We will be developing all this work into artwork for the stations at Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill and Bethnal Green.
Back at Canalside today and we worked on our Arts Award work, looking back on the ideas we’ve been developing and researching art heroes.
We visited the Science Museum today and explored the galleries, looking at old telephones, microwave ovens and washing machines. Our favourite things included the spaceman suit (it looked like a big, heavy baby-grow), the Chopper bike, the solar-powered car and the Van der Graaf Generator.
Artist Steve Nice joined us today. We played ‘Consequences’ to help us feel comfortable about using words and then we wrote some strange futuristic stories. We renamed the Tube stations, with names influenced by Science Fiction, such as ‘Rise of Tottenham Hale’, ‘Moonminster’ and ‘Charing Cross Galaxy’.
Today we imagined what the Tube stations from Notting Hill to Bethnal Green would look like in 2136 –150 years from now. We made a long drawing to represent the future of the Central line.
We went on the Bakerloo line and explore the artworks at Embankment station, including the Labyrinth. At the London Transport Museum, the Young Ambassadors gave us a tour of transport from 1800 into the future and the Poster Art 150 exhibition of Underground posters.
First trip out on the Underground together to visiting Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate and Bethnal Green stations, the stations where our artwork will be exhibited from the summer. We visited the V&A Museum of Childhood by Bethnal Green Tube before meeting the station staff, who gave the group a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour including making public announcements.
Artist Harold Offeh introduced the project to us. Everyone chose a station that they’d like to visit and developed ideas, using drawing, of what they imagined their fantasy station would look like. Together we looked at the work of artists who create imaginary worlds or explore journeys in their work, such as Offeh, Sun Ra and Francis Alÿs.