Artists and academics knowledge exchange lab: imagining and rethinking the future of our cities will be held at UCL East Campus on 28 April.
Building on the work of UCL’s Cultural and Community Engagement team, this series of knowledge exchange and co-creation labs will bring together artists, researchers, and local communities to contemplate the future of our cities and explore imaginaries, ideas, and speculative futures.
For this first lab, join us for an exploration into who our cities are for and how do we and others working in east London create spaces, places and programmes that reflect the multitude of experiences of people who live here.
You will hear from East London Art Prize shortlisted artist Alaa Alsaraji about her selected artwork Mother’s Living Room and her exploration into what safe spaces look like for Muslim communities in east London.
The Institute for Global Prosperity’s Citizen Social Scientist programme will also speak to how they are putting the voices and experiences of east Londoners at the centre of their research, working closely with Alaa to help translate and showcase the work done by their citizen scientists.
Members from the UCL Urban Room will then talk through their latest exhibition, which delves into the experiences of east London’s boating community and shines a light on the issues faced in accessing services for those who have no fixed address.
These panel conversations will be followed by informal networking, with plenty of opportunities for you to connect with others in the room to collectively work and think through some of the questions raised and reflect on our positionality within this particular local context.
Please note there will be photography taken at this event for UCL internal reporting and for sharing in print and social media.
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