Connecting Communities with Chocolate: The launch of Make Bake Create.
The Make Bake Create project has been devised to bring together people from across the community with a love that is universal: chocolate!
Initially launched in Camden’s primary schools, the first stage of the project will be chocolate education workshops that will be run in school in conjunction with Dubble and Fairtrade Camden.
In mid november the Make Bake Create Event will be held at South Camden Community School, a chance for all member of the local community to come together to share food, reciepes and stories.
Camden’s chocolate recipes will be collated into a book which is due to be published in January 2010 to celebrate 20 years of Fair Trade.
More details about the project to follow…
This summer holiday, Fifteen young people joined a project at Maiden Lane Community Centre to create innovative and exciting digital art for their local community.
The project was part of a series of community art projects that have already rolled out across West London. The idea of the ‘Windows on’ projects is simple: give young people the skills and equipment to create artwork which brightens up and enhances their local community. The young people learn how to take photographs and manipulate the photos on computers using filters and special effects. Once completed the artwork is blown up, printed and erected on buildings within the community. The projects so far have revitalised two derelict buildings, one museum, brightened up an old boiler house and involved over 50 young people.
The Maiden Lane Community Art Project , Windows on Maiden Lane was supported by Maiden Lane Community Centre and Liberal Democrat Councillor Ben Rawlings. Councillor Rawlings said “Its great to see the young people being really creative. I have seen a few pieces of the artwork and the results are really stunning. This is an excellent example of local children positively contributing towards their community.”
If you think a Windows on style project would work in your community , contact sarah through firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the next few weeks the Maiden Lane Visual Take Over will be launched at the Maiden Lane Estate, located in the Cantelows Ward of the London Borough of Camden.
Fifteen young people worked together to create a series of visual postcards which reflect the vibrancy of the area where they live.
The artwork once printed will be hung at the entrance to the estate, welcoming all visitors and residents to the Maiden Lane community…
Hello lovely people and welcome to our fabulous new website.
When we see ugly, unloved buildings and unsightly spaces they make us sad. But when we look up and see beautiful art, it makes us smile and skip like loonies. So one day we thought, “Aha! Let’s use art to make ugly buildings pretty.” And so Together We Create (TWC) was born. Now we’re working with young people all over London to create dizzyingly original digital art to reinvent dingy outdoor spaces.
Here’s how it all started
Whenever Sarah bounced down Brentford High Street to buy her usual six kilos of afternoon chocolate, the nasty building with burnt-out windows opposite Somerfield made her grumpy and much less bouncy. One day she just couldn’t take it any more, and so Sarah assembled the TWC team (that’s us) and recruited 16 local children. She presented them with the artistic challenge of a lifetime: Use your creativity to make this ugly building beautiful.
And, by golly, they did. What you see here are some examples of the stupendously brilliant art work created by the kids who worked on our very first Windows On… project in Brentford. Soon, TWC were busy making installations for buildings in Isleworth, Gunnersbury and Camden. The art created by the children who took part has transformed the windows and outside walls of some of the areas’ most unloved buildings. Yay!
Big thanks to Adam at Do Tank for his help with the new site, which will allow us to regularly update you on everything TWC.
Pop back whenever you can to find out what TWC projects are coming up in your area. Or contact us if you’d like to recommend a building to receive a Together We Create makeover. In the meantime, stay Creative!