The Garrett Centre Commission
LADA are working with Max and Noa, (formerly known as those ‘cunning folk’ Sheaf+Barley) on a new commission.
In September 2017 LADA moved from Hackney Wick to The Garrett Centre in Bethnal Green. To support their relocation to a new neighbourhood and the next chapter in their history, as well as exploring ideas for new ways of working at their new home, and testing new approaches to engaging with local people, LADA have invited Sheaf+Barley to undertake a residency with them, and commissioned them to create a project that responds to the physical, cultural and social context of The Garrett Centre.
In September 2017 LADA moved from Hackney Wick to The Garrett Centre in Bethnal Green in the East End of London. To support their relocation to a new neighbourhood and the next chapter in LADA’s history, as well as exploring ideas for new ways of working at their new home, and testing new approaches to engaging with local people, they have commissioned Max and Noa to create a project that responds to the physical, cultural and social context of The Garrett Centre.
For their commission Max and Noa originally began developing a collaborative project creating stained glass windows, this subsequently lead to a strong and ongoing collaboration with Simple Gifts, a social action organisation also based at The Garrett Centre, running art classes with local kids and lunches with local residents.
Max and Noa think belief is a radical act, and that to interrupt hegemony we must be in a constant state of uprising. They see much of their work as telling stories and creating spaces where stories can be told and exchanged, temporary spaces of comfort and stability in a world that is otherwise in freefall. They cobble together ways of being in the world responding to now and directed towards the future, a direct response to the forced existence of precarity and self-isolation which is being violently exported across the globe. Through a mixture of research, action, and belief, Max and Noa create a set of tools that can be used by themselves and others. The work produced is a public sharing of this continually developing tool-making, made in dialogue with everyone who comes into contact with it. Everybody can be cunning folk.
The Garrett Centre Commission has been supported by The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), an innovative four year collaborative arts programme co funded by the European Union.
ART FORM_ Live Art
CONTEXT_ LADA’s relocation to a new home in The Garret Centre