The OPDC Major Art Commission was awarded to Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad for his project Work-Leisure.
From the whimsical to the functional, Work-Leisure is a unique opportunity to delve into the many things made by workers for their own amusement across the different industries in Park Royal, an area in west London that is one of the largest Industrial Estates in Europe – home to more than 2,000 businesses and 40,000 employees.
Work and leisure are often seen as opposites, where industrial work is expressionless and routine, and leisure is time away from work. Yet, after hours and in between tasks, there lies a parallel world of making. Falling outside the work context of supply and demand, these personal creations reflect the imagination of the worker, as well as demonstrate a pride in performance, play and a mastery of materials and techniques.
This growing collection of objects and the narratives around them have much to contribute to our understanding of the subjective meaning of work, sense of place, as well as the politics of time.
Over a 6-month period, London-based designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad will be seeking out objects from across the many manufacturers in Park Royal and will create a visual archive, which will be curated in a publication and an exhibition. Further details will be announced in due course.
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Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad’s design studio produces work spanning the domestic and public realm, from food and games to spaces and products. His work explores the adaptive role of the designer and develops real-life projects and methodologies to actively engage the public within design processes.
Hashemi-Nezhad has developed projects, exhibited and conducted masterclasses extensively, both in the UK and internationally. He lives and works in London, where he also leads a Masters Course at the Royal College of Art focusing on participatory design.
Work-Leisure by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad is the second Art Commission of OPDC’s Great Place Scheme Programme and is being produced by Create London. The Great Place Scheme has been supported by the Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The commission and all Great Place Scheme projects form part of, In the Making, a collection of activities that Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) are delivering to shine a light on the positive changes happening now as part of this once-in-a-lifetime regeneration opportunity, delivering everyday improvements with local communities.