R E A C T
A collaboration between Red Door Studios and designers Alberta Jones and Cherry Truluck Halpin. A project to bring people together after the referendum. The space was transformed and the project culminated in a festival of music, film, poetry and an exhibition of artworks all fuelled by emotions after the Brexit vote. An open call was made to artists and the local community to get involved, and the project was supported by artist Jimmy Cauty.
A R T B A L A A Y O
An exhibition highlighting the work of emerging Somali artists and aiming to open, challenge and explore unspoken narratives. Curated by Zeinab Saleh, one of a collective of female muslim artists striving to shatter stereotypes and provide a new and refreshing arena for discourse on the Muslim woman.
C R E A T I V E L I T E R A C Y P R O G R A M M E
Words with edge was a festival of literature festival organised by then writer in residence at Red Door Studios: Andi Michael. It involved a week long programme of workshops, talks and performance. To accompany this festival Red Door Studios also developed a programme of workshops for children. Aimed at 7 - 10 year olds, the programme combined storytelling, creative writing, visual art and literacy exercises and the sessions focused on building self confidence in learning, social interaction, and literacy skills.
P O P U P C A F E A T T H E S T U D I O
The Saturday cafe was set up not only to serve freshly prepared home made food but also to create a welcoming environment for the local community to discover more about Red Door, to encourage conversation about what the people wanted from a space like Red Door and build relationships locally. Believing food and the ethos of eating together to be an effective way of breaking down social barriers, we worked with Sophie Hill, a widely experienced chef whose ethos knitted perfectly with our own. Collaborating with Sophie enabled us to grow our own salad leaves and vegetables at our plot at Newham city farm and serve freshly baked, homemade Bread, Donuts and Buns, as well as our homemade cakes with seasonal fruit and savoury tarts and toasties. We are taking a break from the cafe at the moment in order to develop other projects but will return.
A S E R I E S O F P O P U P L U N C H E S A T T H E S T U D I O
In collaboration with Sophie Hill, a widely experienced chef informed deeply by the time she spent working at the iconic River Cafe and with Theo Randall at The Intercontinental. Her food is made from scratch using the highest quality fresh ingredients.