The White House: Beacon Garden

The White House: Beacon Garden

We are delighted to award a new White House residency and commission to collective practice They Are Here. Starting in 2017, They Are Here will initiate the transformation of a former car park behind The White House into a community garden. They will begin with a call out to local participants interested in gardening, permaculture and construction.

They Are Here will create a garden environment that provides a ‘residency’ space for multiple species, mirroring The White House as a residency site for artists and echoing the creation of the Becontree housing estate. A series of structures will be made that house and support the residency of different species (including insects and birds) and robots. Each micro-structure will be designed by a different architect of world-class standing, so the garden evolves into a ‘micro-architecture’ park.

They Are Here (f.2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison. They are currently based in London and on the River Lea. Their work can be read as a series of context specific games. The entry, invitation or participation can be as significant as the game’s conditions and structure. Through these games, they seek to create ephemeral systems and temporary, micro-communities that offer an alternate means of engaging with a situation, history or ideology. In parallel, they initiate multi-year socially engaged projects that become generative spaces for further works. They Are Here work across media and types of site, particularly civic spaces. Institutions they have developed or presented work include: CCA Glasgow, Furtherfield, Grand Union, Konsthall C (Stockholm), Southbank Centre, South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire, STUK (Leuven, Belgium) and Tate Modern.

Supported by London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, City Bridge Trust and Helen Hamlyn Foundation.