The landmark commissions were site-specific events and projects inspired by landmarks of all kinds across the borough, developed in collaboration with local people. These commissions aim to showcase the borough as a place where great art happens, inspired by our unique local people, places, partnerships and possibilities.
Merchant of Venice
This year commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and to mark this occasion Studio 3 Arts presented an exciting promenade outdoor production of The Merchant of Venice. In July they took an audience around Barking Town Centre’s key landmarks.
Close and Remote, who are Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter, created We Are What We Are, a video work which takes you on a journey, (in their own customised transit van), through five decades of working lives. Mixing first person narrative and archival images, capturing the landscape and people of Barking and Dagenham.
Artist Geraldine Pilgrim transformed one of the buildings at the ex-Sanofi factory into an interactive installation exploring the idea of what it means to be well. Gerry brought together 170 local residents to perform with the piece, including dancers, singers, actors, and even some ex staff members from the factory.
People's Palace Projects joined with Brazilian photographer AF Rodrigues and digital artist Gary Stewart to create an exhibition celebrating life on the Becontree Estate.
Create teamed up with artist Chad McCail to produce a mural at Valence House, charting the history of the Becontree Estate.
Harald Smykla set up his stall on Barking Market to treat residents to a range of unusual art forms, including dental portraiture.
Punchdrunk Enrichment transformed Eastbury Manor House into the perfect setting for their theatrical piece which sold out its weekend run.
Images credits from top: AF Rodrigues, Close and Remote, Huge Glendinning, Studio 3 Arts, People's Palace Projects, Emil Charlaff, Matthew Andrews, and Paul Cochrane