Rookhampton Time Machine


Influenced by the work of a former Roehampton resident, H.G. Wells, this short animation was created in response to ideas of the past, present and future of the area. As part of our ongoing engagement we have been looking at the ideas that informed the building of the Alton Estate and the aspirations the residents have for the future. We worked with residents to collect stories about the area and then shared these stories with children at Heathmere School who illustrated and story-boarded this animation and built their own time machine. The materials collected were then animated by Mak Ying-Ping and narrated by local resident Ed Rowell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQQdO3Q-s2Q

This short animation is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening, Mak Ying-Ping / makyingping.com children from Heathmere Primary School and residents of Roehampton.

Topics: [animation] [children and young people] [community engagement] [film and video] [regeneration] [Roehampton]

Roehampton Time Machine

Avant-Gardening is running a new project to create a short animated film with local school children. Based on The Time Machine by one-time local resident, H.G. Wells, the animation will be inspired by stories and anecdotes shared by local residents and will then be illustrated and shaped by the participating children. Watch this space for more information

Got a story to share?
Join Avant-Gardener, Polly, in Roehampton Library on Wednesday 5 June 11am - 1pm

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [film and video] [psychogeography] [Roehampton] [school] [storytelling] [Wandsworth]

Art in the Garden

Avant-Gardening will be joining the lovely people at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 1st, 8th and 29th August as part of Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden

Every Wednesday in August 2 - 4pm

Come and join in five weeks of fabulous creative workshops in the beautiful Gallery gardens. These weekly family drop-in sessions are an established part of summer at the Gallery. Bring a picnic, sit on the lawn and watch the artwork grow

Weather permitting

£3 per child

Topics: [children and young people] [dulwich] [family] [workshops]

Lavender Hill Christmas Procession

Thursday 8 December starting at 4.30pm at the Battersea Arts Centre Christmas Market.

Avant-Gardening will be leading a lantern procession from the Christmas Market to Gideon Road, where there will be a gospel choir singing carols.

Avant-Gardener, Polly, is currently working with Wix Primary School and Shaftesbury Park School to create lanterns influenced by the local area and the children will be leading the procession up Lavender Hill singing a new song they have created with the artist. Come and join us and get the Christmas season off to a festive start

Come and join us transforming your empty plastic milk bottles into festive lanterns in the Lower Hall at BAC, Thursday, 8 December 2.30 - 4.20pm

Extra big thanks go out to Hilary Blackburn and the Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Course students from New Vic 6th form who built the props for this event: 

Abdul Ahmadzai

Ayrton Castro

Inayat Hassan

Iona Hudson

Eillyne Khan

Muhammad Mujahid

Nurul Shumon

 

Topics: [children and young people] [public art] [Wandsworth]

Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds is a newly published report into London children's engagement with nature. Avant-Gardening was one of the groups interviewed for this report that investigates strategies for re-engagement. 

The report can be downloaded from http://www.londonsdc.org/lsdc/research.aspx and a short report highlighting the issues identified can be found in today's edition of The Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24011324-green-spaces-are-an-alien-world-for-one-in-seven-london-children.do

Topics: [children and young people] [green spaces] [nature] [urban]

Nightingale Nature TV

Dr Rosie Apple in the garden
Dr Rosie Apple in the garden

This short film made over a couple of afternoons in late summer captures some of the fun the young people of Nightingale Estate in Woolwich had creating activities in the community garden http://youtu.be/iMYKkdtzMTU

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [community garden] [Woolwich]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation