The Culture Quarter Programme providing real jobs for young people in major institutions in London like the Royal Opera House, Somerset House, National Portrait Gallery and The Hospital Club.
The team behind the programme wanted to bring together the diverse groups of young people, with their different experiences, skills and understanding of the city, to work together. After a meeting at Revolutionary Arts pop up space in Brixton Village, we created a very special project.
We’d borrow a shop in Seven Dials, geographically in the middle of all those institutions, then bring in our artists and the 30 young people, to create a series of artworks exploring the city. Using the shop as a pop up work lab, in seven days, we created an audio tour which took visitors from Somerset House through Seven Dials to the National Gallery, a short film about the streets of Seven Dials, and a printable booklet about the history of the area. And then we turned the shop into an exhibition to showcase all that work. Visitors to the exhibition included Tony Hall, now the Director-General of the BBC.
The whole Seven Days in Seven Dials project was turned around in just a few months, on time and on budget.