During November and December 2019, artist Rory Pilgrim began their Radio Ballad’s residency at The White House as part of the Serpentine Galleries partnership with New Town Culture – a project led by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and their Social Care teams.
Rory Pilgrim’s project will focus on issues of homelessness, housing and work in relation to the current and future effects of climate change with different groups and individuals in Barking and Dagenham.
Their work aims to challenge the very nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience.
Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works collaboratively with others through different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. Creating connections between activism, spirituality, music, technology and community, Rory works in a wide range of media including sound, song writing, film, music video and live performance. Recent Solo Shows include: Between Bridges, Berlin (2019) Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2018), South London Gallery (2018), Rowing, London (2017), Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (2017), Flat Time House, London (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2016) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014).
The Serpentine Galleries and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are partnering to develop a series of collaborative artist residencies and commissions, called Radio Ballads, to mark the anniversary of the 1970 Equal Pay Act and the momentum for change created by the Dagenham Ford sewing machinists Strike of 1968. For more information about the Radio Ballad’s project please click here.