We were delighted with the success of our summer party, which took place on Tuesday 16 September 2014. The annual event saw over 300 guests join us at the Rose Lipman Building, the creative hub and former Hackney Archives and Library in De Beauvoir Town, and offered us the opportunity to showcase our work, thank our partners and provide a platform for the people that make what we do possible.
Our Chairman John Studzinski CBE and Director Hadrian Garrard welcomed guests to the event and invited them to take part in a range of activities across the building. John Studzinski spoke passionately about the importance of our work, in bringing about social change and stimulating urban renewal, and urged all give their support so that our ambitious work can continue.
Open School East‘s Parallel Radio broadcast live interviews with artists and participants from our previous, current and forthcoming projects across the building’s main hall, while associate artist Yemi Awosile presented a textile and sound installation in the school’s Tin Tin Room.
Young people from our Creativity Works: Fashion employability programme worked alongside photographers Tim and Barry and T-shirt Party to design and print exclusive T-shirts for guests; Blackhorse Workshop set up their work bench and invited guests to make their own candle holders; and Slash Stroke Magazine, one of the Rose Lipman Building’s tenants, took fashion portraits of guests wearing 2-D shapes inspired by the building.
Our Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks project, lead by led by artist group Myvillages, provided tasters of their new soft drink range made by residents of Barking and Dagenham, which will launch in October at Frieze Art Fair and Hackney favourite Voodoo Ray’s served guests a selection of their delicious pizzas.
The night also celebrated the launch of Marcus Coate’s new book UR…. A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning, which has been co-published by Create and Book Works. Coates was awarded the 2013 Create Art Award to develop School of the Imagination, a summer school which explored the imagination as a tool for helping others. This new publication aims to share the techniques explored during the project to a wider audience.