On Monday 15th May 2017 we launched the Timecapsule Project. Stones End Day Centre was full to the brim of the older and younger participants of the project, their family and friends, Pool Re and Age UK staff, and even an MP, a BBC camera crew and the new Mayor of Southwark!
The day was a brilliant celebration of the project. The newspaper for the project was shared round and eagerly read, the rain showers cleared just in time for the outdoor launch and cake was consumed a plenty! The 4m x 2m aluminium mural was revealed, and Jack from Age UK dug a big hole for the timecapsule to be buried in, which the Mayor kindly placed in.
We heard speeches from Susan, the director of Stones End Day Centre; Julian, the Chief Executive of Pool Re and Councillor Charlie Smith, the Mayor of Southwark. I also gave a short speech explaining the project, which you can read below the photos at the end of this post.
The audio piece for the project was played inside and there was even a resident DJ in the main room, lots of dancing and a conga-line at the end of the party!
Everyone had a wonderful day and there was some lovely feedback, including this from Teresa at Notre Dame School:
“The whole experience was wonderful! You are so talented and you were so good with the students! The students were buzzing on the way back to school.”
Ellie Shipman’s opening speech:
“When Pool Re asked me to create a mural for this garden, I wanted to produce a participatory artwork which involved the members of Stones End Day Centre themselves, as the users of this lovely centre and garden.
We invited Year 7s from Notre Dame Secondary School to take part in the creative workshops to begin a two-way dialogue and collaboration with young people from the local community.
Since January we have been creatively exploring the past, present and future together through drawing and audio workshops around common themes of all our lives: from special objects, to memories, food, music and fashion.
The drawings created through these workshops were digitally traced and informed the design of the timecapsule quilt, which we have unveiled today.
The quilt design acknowledges the notion of an object which is produced collectively and passed down through the generations, each piece representing something significant to its creators.
The quilt we have created together, the stories we have shared and the connections we have made beautifully cement the words of the late MP Jo Cox: ‘We have far more in common than that which divides us’. Thank you.”