gab are currently working with a residents association in Tottenham who are wanting to challenge the everyday perception and negative connotations that are affiliated with the area, Page Green in particular. Through a series of discursive based workshops the residents with gab have explored historical events that have shaped Tottenham into what it is now. To celebrate and share this vision and understanding the local residents have developed, we are creating a public art piece which will ‘Explore the cultural diversity in Page Green through a look at local history.’
A weekend session led us to the local history museum Bruce Castle to look through the archives of images and photos from the local area.
Here are some historical illustrations of the seven sisters trees –
gab furthered its outreach for the project with local children by holding inspiration and content providing sessions at the local school, Earlsmead primary. Here we explored the meaning of culture and diversity with the year 3-5 students. We were not surprised to find the children’s nationalities spanned from all over the world, providing very rich context for our creative activities with them.
Where do we all come from?
N11 is the most culturally diverse area in London.
Here are some examples of the drawings they created.
These sketches, which were inspired from their own cultural heritage and understanding, are to fill the last section of the mural in a amalgamation of colour, pattern and images designed and painted by the children.
After developing specific themes and exploring time periods further with the RA and other local residents, together we summarised the information into a more concise timeframe to share accessibly with the extended community. Jennifer Crouch, one of gab’s artists has visually translated the selected dialogical content into a design that will fill our blank canvas wall.
To achieve our final design it involved a series of sketches developed with the residents close input. We also held an exhibition on page green to connect with more local residents; informing them about the project and taking the opportunity to receive further feedback about the images and how they would like to ideas to portrayed.
We are filling the foreground of the mural with portraits of local people, celebrating the current demographic and diversity of the local area.
Here is a little example section of our design.
As we are now moving into our winter months we are putting the project on hold and will be doing the paint up in the coming spring of 2015.