COMMUNITY TILE PROJECT
Waltham Forest MENCAP in partnership with Inky Cuttlefish Studios. WF MENCAP funded by London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The project has involved running workshops at community events around Waltham Forest including Green Fair, MELA, events at the William Morris Gallery, and Vestry House Museum, Fellowship Art Challenge, Arts in the Park, Leyton Big Weekend and Leyton Day. We even have tiles created by other countries, like Germany and South Africa. We have arranged visits and workshops for the MENCAP children to the View Tube overlooking the Olympic Park, and taken them to 'Collecting 2012' at the Vestry House Museum. We started last year and have collected over 600 tiles created by local Waltham Forest residents including MENCAP service users. The key theme is the idea of engagement through art irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or ability with a focus on the Paralympics and Olympic values.
The legacy and magic of the Community Tile Project is that the final result will be the coming together of many projects run at community events with participants coming from a wide range of backgrounds, ethnicities, faith groups and abilities. The final piece will be pulled together into a cohesive whole in that all the pieces are the same size and will make a lovely colourful mosaic – a fitting metaphor for what LBWF community is.
International Twinning with disabled groups: We ran a workshop in South Africa to participants from Sunfield Home in August 2011 to create tiles for the Community Tile Project.
Participants were John John Swinstead, Sarah Buwalda, Claudine Dreyer, Benjie Worral, Jennifer Higgins, Kim Waller, Simphiwe Xakaza, Brenda Houghton, Michael Smit, Kathy Craig, Nhlanhla Mthikhulu, Renette Nel, Andrew Shelton, Sue Quinton.
In June 2011 we exhibited all the tiles that had been created up to then. The Mayor of Waltham Forest and Chair of the London Assembly came to the exhibition. We auctioned some of the artwork that had been created by WF MENCAP artists and raised over £800.
These are photos of some of the local Waltham Forest residents that have contributed towards the Community Tile Project. WF MENCAP and Inky Cuttlefish have run workshops at the ViewTube overlooking the Olympic Park for our younger participants, at Vestry House Museum during the Collecting 2012 exhition where participants were asked to bring a photo of themselves to put onto a tile. We have run workshops at MELA, Leyton Day, and have exhibited our tiles around the borough.
Welcome to our Wonderful World
Performance: 11th September 1.30pm
Leyton Day, Leyton Cricket Ground, Crawley Rd, Leyton
WF Mencap in partnership with Inky Cuttlefish Studios invite you to a colourful spectacular dance performance, with music, bright costumes, masks and especially constructed set and interactive puppetry created by children and adults with learning disabilities.
This organisation has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by The National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by ELBA.
designed and hosted by fluster