Aislinn Evans

Aislinn EvansAislinn Evans' 'Jam the House' was hosted at The White House throughout 2021.

East London-based artist and writer Aislinn Evans hosted Jam the House in summer 2021, a collaborative project with young people across social care services in Barking and Dagenham, with Mayesbrook Children’s Centre.

Through a series of regular sessions, the group explored play, collaborative strategies, and non-linear storytelling through DIY video game design.

Together, the group experimented with open-source game engines, Twine and Bitsy, developing new foundational skills in coding. The project focused on the potential of open-source platforms as accessible spaces to meet, interact, play, work and travel. By generating bespoke digital worlds, Jam the House aimed to create a safe and democratic space for young people to come together.

The collaboration culminated in a game jam, in which the young people worked together to design their own games, which was presented as part of the Becontree estate’s centenary programme in 2021.

Aislinn Evans is an artist and writer from East London. Their practice involves film-making, comics, and experimental lo-fi game design. Their first goal is to make art that anyone can get their hands on, drawing on media with popular and grassroots histories. Common themes include explorations of place, class struggle, and queering folklore. Aislinn is also a youth worker, using games and writing as a medium for social interaction and development.

Recent projects and publications include Chump Change (Live Art Development Agency, 2020); Semaphoria (LBBD Council, 2020); Concrete and Protest Song (SPORAZINE, 2020); The Take Over (The White House and Create London, 2018); The Sofa Slam (Barbican and Create London, 2018); Dungeons & Dagenham (London Youth and Create London, 2018).

Aislinn was awarded the Live Art Development Agency’s Future Proofing bursary and was Shortlisted for the LDC First Graphic Novel Prize (both 2020). They are a National Poetry Slam champion (2018) and founder of The Sofa Slam, Barking & Dagenham’s first poetry slam.

Aislinn Evans: Jam the House is commissioned by The White House as part of New Town Culture, a programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care and curated by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Jam the House forms part of a broader programme that marks the centenary of the Becontree estate in 2021. This commission is funded by the GLA’s Young Londoners Fund, the MOPAC Violence Reduction Unit, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.