We are hugely pleased to announce that We The People (of this place) will be landing in the Barbican and Golden Lane estates this Summer.
We’re thrilled to be working with Adam Coleman and Ruth Sutcliffe on the project. Ruth is a stage & costume designer who has worked with organisations including Southbank Centre, the National Theatre and the RSC. Adam is a producer, fundraiser, researcher and strategist, with 16 years’ experience in the arts and community sector including as a former Trustee of Coney, Executive Director of Company Three and Community Panel Member for Islington’s Youth Offending Service.
Adam is currently studying Architectural History at Birkbeck, University of London, and writes:
Golden Lane and Barbican are two housing schemes somewhat burdened by the weight of post-war architectural history. Both were built on land in the City of London that was almost entirely destroyed by WWII bomb-damage; both were designed by a young architectural practice (Chamberlin, Powell and Bon); both were designed for the same client: the Corporation of the City of London (the governing body of the old City of London); and both are now listed (Grade II) by Historic England, meaning that they are protected by law (in theory if not always practice). But the form of each estate is very distinct; as were their ultimate clients. Where Golden Lane was designed to house council tenants who worked in the city, the Barbican was always intended for private occupancy. Where the former comprises a permeable environment of housing blocks and landscaped courtyards, the later is an inward-looking estate of monumental proportion elevated above ground level. But what’s the spatial legacy for those who simply call Golden Lane and Barbican “home”? What are the untold stories of these estates?”
With Adam and Ruth’s expertise, and in partnership with local residents, We The People (of Culture Mile) will start to explore those stories, sparking conversation and celebrating community. And as always, there’s something a little playful and secret to take part in too.
We The People (of Culture Mile) will be made in partnership with local residents through workshops. If you live locally, we’d love to hear from you – to get involved in advance, give us a knock.