Make Good working on Scrattons Farm
NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMISSION 2014
make: good spent 6 months this year working with residents from Scrattons Farm in Barking. make: good are led by Catherine, an architect and Amanda, a graphic designer, and are focused on working with local people to create positive changes where they live. They had worked in Barking and Dagenham before but not on Scrattons Farm.
Their approach to their commission was to ask people first of all, ‘what is art?’ People identified they were interested in learning to make new things and share skills. Before long they had set up a weekly crafts club from the empty shop that is used by the local Tenants and Residents Association. Activities included weaving, candle and tea-making, a poetry workshop, knitting and cake decorating. Everything produced during crafts club was exhibited once a month, and this project also included some larger events, including 2 film screenings and a supper swap. make:good also decided that they would like to create something that allowed them to talk to all the residents on the estate. They decided to create Scrattons News and Views working with a team of local resident reporters to produce a monthly newspaper with local people.
Their project has inspired a group of local residents to set up their own creative club. The Creative Farm meet weekly and are continuing to try out a range of activities and share skills. The newspaper club have also created a special edition about our Landmark Commission, The Becontree Mural and we are helping them to apply for funding to support future editions.
Thank you to Scrattons Tenants and Residents Association, Scrattons Community Association, and Cultural Connectors Kim Jones, Roy Evans and Tracey Martin for their help with this project.