During the building and restoration works we have been busy working on exciting projects with community members, local schools, and young people. Those taking part have worked work with artists to create artworks that will become permanent features of the new building. Others have been researching the local history of the area to help us tell its story through exhibitions and online.
Once we re-open we will continue to work with the community on projects that place people’s creativity at the heart of what we do.
For further information or to register interest in taking part contact Lucy Foster on email@example.com
Open Days and Exhibitions
During the works, we have held community open days, inviting members of the community to view the work in progress, and be some of the first to see the newly restored church. Our open days have also offered a range of free arts, crafts and music activities for families.
Alongside our volunteers, we produced our first exhibition on community history and the heritage of the local area. The exhibition featured as part of Westbourne Festival last summer.
Over the past year we have worked with St Mary Magdalene’s primary school on a number projects including a play about the local area, a design challenge set by our architects, and another play to celebrate the Armistice centenary.
In partnership with the Courtauld Gallery, we have recently worked on day-long workshops with Westminster Academy and Paddington Academy, to explore the church building through history of art and drawing workshops.
Film Project with Young People
A group of young people, worked alongside a film maker for two weeks during the summer holidays to create short films about local landmarks. The films, which expressed how the young people feel about these places in the area, will appear on screens in the foyer of the new building.
Area Change Mapping Project
Artist Maria Amidu worked with a group of Year 8 students at Westminster Academy to research the physical changes in the local area over the past 200 years. The class then explored how this change can be represented in map form. Their research and design are inspiring our designers who will produce the final map for our new foyer space.
Oral History Project
As part of the Mary Mags Project we are searching for the stories that people who live and work, now and in the past, have to tell about the area. Our team of volunteers have interviewed a range of people representing the wider Paddington area, and its diverse heritage. These will play a part in documenting life in North Paddington as it is now, and as it was in the past.
Moments of these interviews will appear as part of the ‘Whispering Walls’ in our new building.
If you have a story to tell or experiences to share, or know of someone who does, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tile Project
Over 6-weeks, a group of local people worked with artist Linda Florence to create their own beautiful tiles for the new building. Inspired by the history of the area, the tiles show an event or person from the area, and will be part of a timeline running up the stairs in the new building.
During two days of workshops at St Mary Magdalene’s Primary School, local people and the children also produced smaller tiles some of which will be used in the bathrooms and new café!
A group of local women will work with an experienced textile artist to explore different techniques, traditional and contemporary. As part of the project they will produce new textiles for the church and new building.