Beating the Bounds of Tabard Estate – 2009

Beating the Bounds of Tabard Estate
Tabard Estate at night
Photo: Lucia Pizzani

Forthcoming: Half-term free art workshops for children and young people

Commissioned by Balin House Projects, Beating the Bounds of Tabard Estate is a project by artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre explores the past, present and future of Tabard Estate, with particular reference to local history, personal memories, and architectural and urban changes in a heritage-rich area of London currently undergoing a fast process of regeneration driven by commercial development. In partnership with Tabard Gardens Estate North Tenants and Residents Association, and funded by Awards for All.

During January 2009, a series of walks exploring the area were led by residents of Tabard Gardens Estate, community leaders and local historians.

The stories and mappings generated by the walks are being used as the starting point for a series of free art workshops for children and young people from the Estate, during February 2009 half-term, using a range of creative techniques (drawing, collage, painting, mono-printing, and creative writing).

Venue: Hankey Hall (Tabard Community Hall), Hankey Place (off Long Lane)
Tabard Gardens Estate, Borough
Dates: Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Friday 20, Saturday 21 February 2009
Times: Drop in sessions from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm
For whom:Under 7s – accompanied by responsible person over 16 y.o., with a signed parent consent letter also required; 7-16 y.o. unaccompanied but with a signed parent consent letter; Young people of other ages are welcome to attend too

On Thursday 19 February there will be a day trip to Tate Modern for a special workshop led by artist Michele Fuirer. There are 10 places only available for children aged 10-16. If you are interested you need to apply for a place by contacting the project coordinator.

Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre
This project is part of a series of walks, events and artworks by Ana Laura during her 18-month period as Artist in Residence, supported by Southwark Council, South London Gallery and ACME studios. Her Southwark-based work has included a series of themed ‘Night Salons’, facilitating conversation between artists and local residents, plus a 20-mile ‘Border Patrol’ ride with Southwark Cyclists to mark the longest night of the year.

Tabard Gardens North TRA
The Tabard Estate consists of around 1,450 properties in 40 blocks of flats. The estate stretches from Borough tube and Borough High Street in the north, in a south easterly flank, down to the big roundabout at the top of the Old Kent Road. There are three separate Tenants and Residence Associations. This project is being run with the support of Tabard North T&RA, chaired by Peter Davis.

Beating the Bounds
The name of the project refers to a traditional custom originating before maps were readily available that involved an annual walk lead by the local priest to remind communities of their parish boundaries. The boundary would be ‘beaten’ with switches to remove obstructions and to reaffirm the parish territory. It was seen as a time for the community to resolve any formal boundary issues and also reconcile personal relationships.

Bookings and information:

Project Coordinator
Genevieve Collier
07951 237 015

February 2009

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