Verity-Jane Keefe will carry out a year-long residency with Create London & The White House, taking place across Dagenham’s Becontree Estate through 2019, as part of Living Together.
Verity’s residency will produce a series of new artworks and events in collaboration with residents 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.
If you live or work in the Becontree Estate, we want you to
be involved in Living Together. 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 join us at a drop-in session
RSVP or to find out more email, text or call Verity on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07817 302637
Refreshments will be provided, all ages welcome. Address provided following RSVP.
Living Together will take a critical look at the past 100 years of social housing through the lens of this hugely significant Estate. The project will put the Becontree 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.
The project 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.
About Verity-Jane Keefe:
Verity-Jane Keefe is a visual artist working predominantly in the public realm to explore the complex relationship between people and place. Her work encompasses working with moving image, text, installation and utilises archival and research methodologies.
She is interested in the role of the artist within urban regeneration and how experiential practice can touch upon and raise ambitions of existing communities. She has an ongoing, accidental love affair with Outer London and has been working in Barking and Dagenham for over 10 years on self-initiated commissions, including The Mobile Museum, and in partnership with the borough’s Heritage, Planning Policy and Regeneration departments. Her practice celebrates the everyday qualities of places, uncovering and celebrating, documenting, archiving and responding to changes within the built environment and setting up platforms to share experiences of these changes.
About LIVING TOGETHER:
Living Together is a new project by artist Verity-Jane Keefe in partnership with Create London and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Living Together will develop over 2019, leading to a larger scale programme celebrating the centenary of Dagenham’s Becontree Estate in 2021. It will look at the past 100 years of social housing through the lens of Becontree, once the largest social housing estate in the world; looking at the past, the present and into the future.
Living Together is currently supported through a development grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and a project grant from Arts Council England.