Communicating the built environment

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Art and Engagement

Continuing our design-led engagement work at the former Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital on Hackney Road, we recently began a series of creative-led interactions as part of our consultation programme.

We wanted to work with the local neighbouring public as well as local artists to create on-project art pieces and interactions to get people talking about both the project and the activities themselves.

Working with local artist Jo Peel, and engagement designer Tom Tobia, we spent an afternoon with local residents listening to their stories and memories of the local area. This was then turned into a new piece of public artwork painted directly onto the hospital building facade on Goldsmiths’ Row, documenting some of those stories on site.

We unveiled the artwork at a public consultation event in October 2012, where we also set up a number of interactions to attract passers by, including a cycling Tour de France refreshment stand, and a robot drawing machine. The machine was ‘operated’ by artist Amy Pennington, providing amazing quick portrait interactions to visitors, talking about what we were doing and generally getting people more involved with the development as a whole.