Crafting Community-led Policy

Crafting Community-led Policy

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“What does home feel like, look like, smell like, sound like?”  Words taken from spoken word piece by Grace Deveer, project participant.

Eight Brixton residents explored the impacts of gentrification in Brixton, in workshops led by Dr Jessica Jacobs in collaborative knowledge exchange with 198 CAL. The workshops built on Jacob’s previous work with Brixton Housing Co-op and her own activism in housing cooperative movements. Based on the ‘sewing circle’ idea as an assembly of concerns, the participants made works using various techniques in mixed media layering of domestic materials and processes, such as embroidery, felting, collage and photography – reflecting the hidden and real-life experiences of planning processes on the ground.

The next phase saw the works made into a showreel which was then projected onto various iconic Brixton buildings and public spaces. In this way, the intimate and domestic quality of the works was writ large into the public realm in a commentary of how spaces and places become vulnerable to the property development taking place. A final film was then produced from this footage that can be viewed on Vimeo –

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Presented by - QMUL Network - Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy

Supported By - QMUL Network; 198 CAL; Photofusion

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