Curating London is a four-year contemporary collecting programme, funded by Arts Council England, which places Londoners’ lived experience at the heart of what we do. Find out more about Curating London, or explore the projects below
This project explored the relationship between dress and identity within the British-Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, in partnership with the Osmani Trust, a local youth and community organisation.
We worked over a year in Finsbury Park, using archaeological methods to document, research and collect changes in the social life of a north London park. The role and purpose of London parks is increasingly questioned by phenomena, such as corporate events (e.g. festivals) and rough sleeping that are shifting the nature of contemporary urban parks.
We wanted to know what it meant to be a London in Brexit times. We asked Londoners to tell us, in person and on social media, to what extend is Brexit affecting their sense of belonging to the city and also how it is reconfiguring intergroup dynamics in London.
We worked with visual artist Michael Takeo Magruder, and a group of schoolchildren and families from the River Lea area, to create Data Flow: a digital river made up of drawings created by the schoolchildren and inspired by their memories of the River Lea and the Limehouse Cut. The project explored the role that the River Lea plays in people's lives.