Easter 2018 sees a new community garden & cafe for NorthEast London.
The garden will serve an important social space for the local community, and is intended to host a range of events, organised both by the on-site team and other community groups, from film screenings, to talks and live music. There will be at least one volunteering session every week, and anybody is welcome to come and help take care of the garden.
The garden is designed to be mobile, and has been in 3 different locations since 2012, the same elements reconfigured each time it occupies a new site. The most recent version of the garden had a large public social area, a quieter 'members-only' garden where volunteers grow their own fruit and veg, a wildflower meadow, kitchen garden, cafe, greenhouse and training area. Beep Studio is delighted to have supported the garden in its new location.
Beep Studio supported the Grow team in planning and designing the temporary use of the warehouse as a venue for a variety of uses including artists studios, a cafe & bar plus a 200 person nightclub.
The Studios work was to enable the project, advise on specific products and construction arrangements and interface with sound system designers to create a temporary but high quality space. Importantly, this space can be enhanced by the Grow Community during its run at the Tottenham site.
The project follows hot on the heels of the successful 'Grow Elephant Community Garden' on New Kent Road, which hosted regular gardening workshops, volunteering sessions, and plant propogation for use on projects across Elephant and Castle.
Our paper sculpture based on Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain' arrives at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent this week, as part of the British Ceramics Biennial. We will also be presenting the project and explaining its background and genesis at a special day held by the RIBA on Friday 20 October.
Read and see more about our proposal here, and about the other exhibitors here.
1817 Armitage Shanks
1917 Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
2017 Fountain 17
Celebrating the anniversaries of Armitage Shanks and Duchamp’s century-defining artwork, 'Fountain 17' marks a partnership between Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, Armitage Shanks, and the Hull School of Art and Design and a selection of artists and designers.
The show first launched at Studio Eleven Gallery in the Cultural Quarter of Hull in spring 2017.
Wednesday 6 September - Saturday 28 October 2017
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Uttoxeter Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ
Admission: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am - 5pm
In September 2017, secondary schools across the UK start teaching a new GCSE in Design & Technology. As part of its ongoing work in education, The V&A Museum organised a special one day symposium DT Teachers to support them in the teaching of the new GCSE.
We were thrilled to hear that the new system actively encourages students to take risks:
Top marks are only available to students who stretch and improve their skills, abilities and knowledge of materials, processes, technology and making.
Beep Studio was invited along to run two creative sessions on Briefing and Ideation.
Attendees shared their thoughts about the new GCSE, how it relates to the way they teach now, and how they explain the design process to students unused to such open ended exercises.
Working in groups, the teachers produced evolving maps of the briefing process by loosely recording their conversations, jotting points on post-it notes, arranging the information, and finding patterns. These finally came together as powerful, insightful, and revealing diagrams.
The conversations that developed were rich and deep, and the teachers enjoyed the role reversal of becoming students and tackling a design task with an undetermined outcome.
Attendees heard talks from educationalists, exam boards, designers, and new V&A Director Tristram Hunt. At this point our work was done, so we sat back, opened our sketchbooks, and drew a set of visual minutes. Here are our highlights.
Beep Studio's Street Artwork installations feature in the newly released Streatham Sketchbook.
Authour Mireille Galinou visited the Studio to interview Peter and Ed about the context for their work in Streatham, and how the artworks and lighting project came together. You can read more on that story here:
We were delighted to visit the launch, which took place in the largest house in the UK designed by the Arts & Crafts architect CFA Voysey. The owners (architects!) very generously showed us around the house, which offers a masterclass in comfortable proportions, generous living spaces, and subtle quality.
Read more about the Streatham Sketchbook below, or order your copy here.
The Streatham Sketchbook
Did you know the Tate Gallery started in Streatham?
Did you know the largest theatre outside the West End is in Streatham?
Did you know one of this country’s best loved architects built his largest house in Streatham?
And that one of London’s most dedicated painters lives and works in Streatham right now?
Answers to these questions and many more in The Streatham Sketchbook.
The painter Jiro Osuga exhibits mostly in London and New York, but the book places him firmly in his living/working context: Streatham. Jiro has a keen eye for everyday surreality. Born in Tokyo, he grew up in Japan and the UK. He studied fine arts at St Martins, Chelsea and the Royal College of Art. Osuga has lived in Streatham for nearly 15 years, and draws inspiration from this neighbourhood on a daily basis.
Author Mireille Galinou, a Bordeaux University graduate, holds a BA Hons in Art History from Birkbeck College, London and worked for over 20 years with the Museum of London collection of Paintings, Prints and Drawings which she curated between 1992 and 2000. She is the founder of 'Your London Publishing', an organisation producing a new type of London guide book. Each volume focuses on the capital’s residential neighbourhoods, rather than the well-trodden territory of Central London. The books offer an intriguing blend of art, local and urban history and journalism, and the creativity of residential London is analysed, measured and celebrated.