Living Together is a project led by artist Verity-Jane Keefe, taking place this year in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and The White House. It will take a critical look at the past 100 years of social housing through the lens of the Becontree Estate, which turns 100 in 2021, and will put the Estate firmly at the heart of national and international conversations about the past, the present and possible futures for social housing. Led by the voices of past and present residents, the project will embrace and explore the complexities of this large form suburban estate, which is still home to over half the residents of this London Borough.
Living Together will provide a platform for the individual spirit that can be found in every corner of the four-square mile footprint of the Becontree. The architecture and scale of the estate is well known, but it is the more recent history – how housing policy, such as Right to Buy, has impacted the way that Becontree looks and what it is like to live in, today and into the future.
We are currently forming local groups to produce a series of new artworks and events in collaboration with Verity that will lead into a larger scale programme for 2021 to celebrate the Becontree Centenary, marking 100 years since building began on what was once the largest social housing estate in the world.
Therefore, if you live or work in the Becontree Estate, please get in touch. From joining a new Becontree Group, doing workshops, taking a walk, going on trips or playing a banjo — there are many ways to be involved over 2019 as we get ready for the centenary in 2021. To find out more email, text or call Verity on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07817 302637
Living Together is currently supported through a development grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and a project grant from Arts Council England.