Susie has been working as an artist and in Thames Ward for 10years, creating arts-led engagement projects with local people who are experiencing a major regeneration programme, Barking Riverside is set to double the ward population over the next ten years.
In 2018 Susie set up Shed Life with local resident and activist Pam Dumbleton, this ambitious project aims to make a community space for men to connect, converse and create. Providing activities chosen by the men to enjoy together. The purpose is to help reduce loneliness and isolation, to utilise the skills and talents that men can share with each other and create a project that is ultimately led by local men themselves.
We have recieved amazing support from the University of East London, Architecture Department and the Institute of Sustainbility, who will help us to construct the shed in Spring 2020. We recieved funding from Healthy New Towns, Barking Riverside LTD, and the National Lottery.
New View Arts
Our lastest film Creekmouth and the River, funded by Arts Council England, documents the history of Creekmouth Village a remote village built in 1857 by Lawes Chemical Factory. The Village was located where the River Roding meets the River Thames (Barking Creek), now Creekmouth Open Space. The Village was flooded during the Great Eastern Flood in 1953 and the residents were moved to the newly built Thames View Estate. Local Young Volunteers and children interview past residents of the Village and explore the benefits of living by the River.
Artist-led engagement. Lagos, Nigeria
Susie first visited Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Fiona Whitty in 2013, invited by Rhoda Youth Centre to work with the young people creating films with local communities. Susie is now a regular visitor to Lagos where she has been researching and photographing local communities. Susie is developing future projects examining the dissonance between globalization and traditonal culturalism.
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Creekmouth Heritage Project
Humourisk, public art commission, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The final art work was inspired by local people through an arts-led community engagement process in Thames Ward, Barking. The work was installed in Farr Avenue parade in May 2015.
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