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Gasworks is delighted to announce that the organisation has been awarded a grant of £60,000 by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund Gasworks Participatory Artists' Residency Programme: Connecting Communities; a ground-breaking programme which aims to provide opportunities for artists and migrant communities in Lambeth and Southwark to work together on collaborative projects.

Through Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘Explore and Test’ grant Gasworks’ Participation Programme intends to widen access to contemporary art for its local community through interactive projects such as workshops, residencies, commissions and events over a two year period. Beginning in November 2018, Gasworks will run two consecutive 8-month artist residencies in which the selected artists will devise and lead a project in collaboration with migrant communities, fulfilling the organisations’ mission to support and offer opportunities for emerging artists to develop new and innovative work, and engaging local audiences with contemporary art.

Across 2016 to 2018, Gasworks commissioned a pilot project with artist and filmmaker Seth Pimlott who worked closely with the Polish and Latin American communities in Lambeth, through the organisations Poles Connect based in Stockwell, Escuela Gabriel García Marquéz in Kennington and Sin Fronteras, a young women’s support and political advocacy group. Together, Seth and these multi-generational organisations have been producing two films which explore and celebrate the histories of migration, ancestral heritage and cultural identity.

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Connecting Communities 2018/19

We are pleased to announce that artist Jacob V Joyce and evaluators FOTL (Future of the Left) will be working with local migrant communities on a collaborative project over the next 8 months.

Jacob V Joyce is a multidisciplinary artist using comics, performance and creative interventions to amplify marginalised voices and radical histories as a way to understand the world we live in, specifically referencing black history and LGBTQI struggles and liberation. Over the course of Jacob's residency they have been working closely with OPAL (Out and Proud African LBGTQI) creating screen printing workshops to make t-shirts, imagery for a publication as well as building poetry reading workshops with artists Keith Jarrett and PJ Samuels. As part of Jacob's residency they also travelled to Trinidad where they ran a workshop called Black Queer World Building at East Yard in Arima.

Over the next two years FOTL will develop a participation evaluation framework for Gasworks. FOTL is the collaborative artistic and research practice of Andrea Francke and Ross Jardine, it developed from a shared interest in administrative and policy-making structures, specifically their often overlooked but vital role within institutions.

Gasworks Participatory Artists' Residency Programme: Connecting Communities will ensure that Gasworks educational work responds to the needs of local communities and roots the organisation in its context by developing and testing new evaluation methodologies by working alongside peer organisations to share best practice.

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Connecting Communities 2019/20

We are delighted to announce that Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck (The Alternative School of Economics) will be the next Participation Artists in Residence, and will develop a project exploring feminist economics as part of Gasworks Participatory Residency Programme: Connecting Communities.

The artists will initiate workshops and conversations between women-led groups, archives, campaign groups, academics and individuals identifying as women who are interested and actively involved in feminist economic projects, and the project will result in a series of podcasts. 

Ruth and Amy will also work closely with participation evaluators FOTL (Future of the Left) to develop an evaluation framework for the project.