Having launched in February 2015, The Creative Residency Programme is an exciting initiative that further enhances the creative atmosphere within The Quadrant.
To date over 100 artists have submitted an application for their chance to partake in a month long residency at The Quadrant, with many drawing inspiration from the unique surroundings to deliver socially engaging work that benefits both residents and the local community.
Toby Dawe has toured the UK with his interactive installations that include Ping Pong Thunderdome and Boomerang Bowling. Drawing on the idea of ‘play’ Toby explored ideas relevant to The Quadrant’s surroundings and to Romford’s rich heritage to create an interactive piece to engage with all ages
Marie Louise Jones
‘Quadrant Memoirs’ by Marie Louise Jones was a site-specific installation that included 3 paper works created during the residency, ‘Window Shopping’, ‘Passing Trade’, ‘Salvation’ alongside a soundscape entitled ‘Romford Peaches’. The works were created as part of an intergenerational project that began with a series of recordings of the elder members of the community and delving into their memories of The Quadrant.
Wallis Eates is a comic artist that used her residency time to produce a book of comic strips depicting anecdotal stories and experiences from users of The Quadrant.
The purpose of the book was to capture a more intimate portrayal of The Quadrant’s residents and reveal the complex reality of the space and its inhabitants.
Future of the High Street was a socially engaged art project by the Dutch artist and designer Kevin Smeeing. The project was previously developed and presented at the Royal College of Art and refined as part of Camden Collective before taking place in The Quadrant. Future of the High Street explored the potential uses of vacant shops in our town centre, as a reaction to the ever-changing face of the High Street.
Lydia Cottrell gathered stories about Hair by recording and photographing members of the public in and around The Quadrant. From these stories she found that everyone has a HairStory to tell, some can be hilarious yet also deeply heartfelt, others can be political and sometimes even scary but they are always interesting and worthy of being told.