the drawing shed

the drawing shed is a contemporary arts organisation, and registered charity, established in 2009 & led by visual artist Dr Sally Labern. From 2010-18 Sally and I co-led the drawing shed from its project base, LockUpNumber11, located on two housing estates in London E17. During this time, the drawing shed’s mobile studios – the drawing shed, ClayOven, PrintBike, The Public Typing Pool© and The Public Reading Wall & Soap-Box - acted as artist-led resources for collaborations and central platforms for the durational work taking place on the estates, across London and further a-field. the drawing shed also commissioned other artists to work with the organisation, through participatory projects, interventions and provocations, as well as co-curation.

the drawing shed used social media, drawing, writing, installation, sculpture, social media, festival, food, sound, film and live art to engage with particular communities and create new works, share ideas, develop community-based performance and trigger ‘public’ intervention through provocation. These were often born out of engaging with issues of social/contested space and the often poetic encounters with people and places. The lead artists always looked to the creative friction of ‘the third space’ as one of the imagination, the local, the international and the value of difference. The work they developed off the estates for the drawing shed as Labern&Lloyd was organic and content-led, delivering a complex and rigorously engaged collision with contemporary issues and ‘poetic justice’. Examples of residencies, exhibitions, installations and collaborations below.

2017-18/19: In/Visible Fields: E17 estate-based film, sound, community conversations on Daydreaming; The Sunken Garden, Attlee Terrace estate, developing a community garden

2014-15: Black Light Open Studio at Tate Modern as part of the ‘Light and Dark Matters’ series; Black Light, Sunday in the Park with Ed, Display Gallery, London EC1A; Black Light in the Transport Museum, Bury as part of Bury Light Night, Bury ; Some[w]Here, Artists commission on Nine Elms estate, Wandsworth, curatorial/artist led project, diverse media including live art, film, object making and three symposia some[w]HERE NOW; Artificial Sunshine: Black Light installation, Bury Light night, Bury; Neighbour : Stranger & The Public Typing Pool, Bury Text Festival, Bury Sculpture Centre

2013: Stranger : Neighbour & The Lost Print, Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, London E17; Irregular Bulletin residency - Arlington House homeless hostel /Space Studios; Screens in the Wild residency - Twitter/Instagram live art project with UCL, Bartlett as precursor to BasicSeven#7 platform events exploring contexts/politics of homelessness & work; Peddler of Ideas, LUPA garden party, Bethnal Green estate, London E2; PeopleLikeUs - series of contemporary co-authored projects using Twitter, Film, performance with 3 day residency in William Morris Gallery, London

2010/11: An Assembly of Opinions, The People’s Supermarket, London WC1; Festival Here: Teenage girls-led intergenerational Festival, East London estates; Duck House for East London park, built from hidden underbelly of park's debris; Pentonville Prison / Southbank University: Prisoners & family day: installation with participation 

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