Rabbits Road Press is coming to the end of its six month pilot project and to celebrate the project we'll be playing host to Neighbourhood, an exhibition of some of the work produced in the space including 6 new Neighbourhood themed publications that were commissioned and produced at Rabbits Road press earlier this year. The evening will also play host to Making Art Spaces Work, a panel talk exploring the role of alternative art spaces.
Saturday 19th August --- 6.30-10pm --- Rabbits Road Institute, 835 Romford Road, E12 5JY
The event is free but spaces are limited, please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neighbourhood-making-art-spaces-work-tickets-36314343178
7pm: Making Arts Spaces Work
What is the role of alternative art education spaces and how can they contribute to building creative communities? Join us for a series of presentations and a panel discussion exploring the conditions for a successful art education space. Share your own perspectives as the discussion opens up to a public Q&A and help shape Rabbits Road Press as we work towards developing and nurturing a meaningful community art space at Rabbits Road Institute.
Susan Mackie and Anne Robinson (See Red Women’s Workshop, 1974-1990) See Red Women’s Workshop was a womens silkscreen printing collective that produced posters, illustrations and calendars, and did service printing for the women’s movement and community groups. The group aimed to promote women’s empowerment and challenge the negative stereotypes of women. Working collectively was central to the ethos of See Red, as were sharing skills and knowledge with other women. The posters produced explored the personal experiences of many women; from housework, childcare and sexuality, to sexism and racism, as well as wider international struggles for change.
OOMK (Rabbits Road Press) Rabbits Road Press is a community risograph print studio and publishing press run by OOMK (Sofia Niazi, Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara). The project is based at Rabbits Road Institute, within Old Manor Park Library. The small-scale publishing press provides printing and book binding services for artists and community groups in Newham and beyond. The project builds on Rabbits Road Institute’s initiative to establish an accessible and diverse community art space to support the development of new skills, knowledge sharing and social exchange for people living in Newham.
Harun Morrison (They Are Here) They Are Here is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison. Often extending their collaboration to include those from all walks of life, They Are Here work across media and types of site particularly civic spaces. Institutions they have developed or presented work include: Rabbits Road Institute, Camden Arts Centre, CCA Glasgow, Furtherfield, Grand Union, Konsthall C (Stockholm), National Theatre Studio, South London Gallery and STUK (Leuven, Belgium).
Ben Messih (South London Gallery) Ben Messih is a London-based curator working with communities. Currently managing South London Gallery's Heritage Education Programme, Ben is interested in decolonial approaches to gallery education and the role of institutions as sites for solidarity with local struggles. He has previously held positions at the Serpentine Galleries and the Biennale of Sydney.