Hanging Out – Youth culture then and now (2010-2012) – The project focuses on youth culture during 1950’s and 1960’s London and its influence on comparable issues today. Explored are the sub themes of fashion, film, music, entertainment, sport and protest. Throughout the project, over 100 young volunteers were given the opportunity to be trained in workshop activities. Key events for the project included a successful Anti-War Discussion Forum held at the Imperial War Museums and the ‘Images of Protest’ Exhibition at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The research and activities collated are documented in the Hanging Out publication, documentary and on our website www. hangingout.org.uk
Our final display at the Victoria & Albert Museum features work made by participants in project workshops such as 1950’s garment construction, screen-printed protest t-shirts and a mural created by Haverstock School children based on the iconic Ace Cafe London. Also displayed are objects that inspired our volunteers, including photographs and posters from the Images of Protest exhibition, 1960’s Jamaican Ska record sleeves and garments from Laurence Corner, the famous army surplus retailer.
Building Bridges (2008) – Documentary recording the experiences of the host community in seeing large groups of Caribbean people arriving after the 2nd World War, that provides a valuable reference source for future generations. Building Bridges was premiered at the British Museum in 2008 and screened during Black History Month 2009.
Teachers TV acquired Building Bridges in 2008. In 2009 it was screened at the London School of Economics for their Black Achievement Conference for secondary schools. Approximately 400 students attended.
Moving Out (2007) – Drama production exploring the stories of Caribbean settlers working in industrial Nottingham during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Based on research and participants’ stories and experiences, a monologue and a short play were performed to schools at the Sandfield Theatre, Nottingham.
The Ones We Left Behind (2006) – A drama production exploring migration, families and the idea of ‘Home’. In particular exploring some of the decisions Caribbean and other communities made in leaving their homelands and the impact on loved ones left behind. The Ones We Left Behind included a short play, ‘Homeward Bound’ and a monologue ‘Departure Lounge’, performed at the British Museum and became an exhibition at the Swiss Cottage Gallery, Camden in 2006.
Living Under One Roof (2004) – Drama production focusing on Caribbean migrants arriving in Britain for the first time during the Windrush era (1948-1962) and the tensions and celebrations of communal living. Staged monologues were performed at the Soho Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, South Birmingham College, Hampstead School, the Light House in Wolverhampton and The King’s School in Worcester.
The Living Under One Roof play (produced by our sister organisation Tuareg Productions) was performed at the Royal Concert Hall in 2006 and the Theatre Royal, Nottingham in 2007.
In 2008/2009 the Living Under One Roof exhibition in Hackney Museum reconstructed three rooms of a terrace house typical of where Caribbean people lived during 1961 in Hackney. The exhibition attracted over 14,000 visitors.
Living Under One Roof photographic and video installation was displayed at Bamako Encounters – the African Photography Biennial in Mali, 2009. Over forty exhibitors from the Continent and in the Diaspora showcased their work to the public and professionals from all over the world. The Living Under One Roof exhibition shared the pavilion with renowned British photographer Martin Parr.