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Living History – Heritage and Performance

Estate Endz: Autumn Season 2022

This block of Estate Ends started on Sept 17th. It is an audio visual exhibition called “Show of Solidarity”. This is celebrating two heritage-rich estates in a 12 week hybrid programme. It has engaged young people to create an immersive audiovisual exhibition that dives into the sounds, stories and visuals of two landmark social-housing estates.

This is a first time for SPID Theatre to be delivering the programme in two separate locations simultaneously, the iconic Grade II* listed Alexandra Road estate in Camden, London and a pioneering 1960s build, the Sutton Hill estate in Telford. Sutton Hill participants are taking part virtually. We delivered a special session on Brutalist architecture focusing on Alexandra Road Estate and Sutton Hill estate. This session was conducted by Architect Gurmeet Sian. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

All-together we will be showing the exhibitions three times. 26th November, 2022 at Alexander Road Estate and 27th November 2022 at V&A museum. There will be an online version of the exhibition launched on 30th November, 2022. 

If you’re a young person aged 13-25 who’s into film, photography, audio or visual arts and interested in being part of our future programme then apply using the link below to our application form! If you want to come and see the exhibition please sign up on the Eventbrite link HERE.

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Estate Endz is part of SPID Theatre’s Living History program, which teaches young people aged 13-25 London wide about social housing’s heritage. It dramatises the memories of social-housing residents, as well as the rich social, cultural and architectural heritage of social housing in the area. We give young people the chance to create, research and perform their own work in collaboration with professional creatives and oral history experts from the British Library.

Every Estate Endz project is different. In the past our young people have shot films, curated exhibitions, performed immersive drama pieces and written radio plays exploring the history around them. Previous partners for these projects have included the National Archives, DTA Radio, The Museum of Brands and the Bush Theatre.

Alongside Estate Endz, SPID’s Living History programme also includes Step Up, which provides professional opportunities to champion housing justice by using art for advocacy. Current or former participants in SPID’s other programmes are often given the opportunity to take part in Step Up, which can involve paid opportunities.

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