We celebrated the launch of the SHAPESLewisham network and website by placing the creative residents at its heart. It will also be an opportunity for local businesses and practitioners to showcase their work and demonstrate the breadth of creative people within the community, through static pieces and a range of performances. The public was encouraged to meet fellow creative neighbours, make new connections and hear about all the exciting happenings across the Borough!
The event began with the performance of the Alchemy project, set a fantastic tone for the morning. The outstanding performances represented the local creative music scene as well. The studio walks around combined with the performance from Trinity Laban and i2 Media’s VR set, created an exciting atmosphere.
The evening had a more relaxed atmosphere primarily hosted in the car park and focused more towards the launch of SHAPESLewisham. The exhibitor’s works and live DJ set by AAJA Radio created a real atmosphere of celebration of local creatives.
The speakers focused on the importance of; grassroots creative businesses in the area, the availability of space, the importance of networking, and the necessity of the projects such as SHAPESLewisham to help with these key issues.
The morning had a great turnout with some amazing guests including Justine Simons, Deputy London Mayor.
In the evening there was a total of 118 Eventbrite ticket bookings, in addition to the Second Floor Studios & Arts studio residents.
After the event, the launch was covered in various local and creative Press websites -
The Albany Centre, Second Floor Studios & Arts, Goldsmiths University, Trinity Laban, LEAN, Studio Raw, Lewisham Coucnil, Greater London Authority.
AAJA Radio, Aileen Kelly, Alchemy Project, Aldworth James & Bond, Alison Rylands, Billy Livington Waterworth, Claire Whelan, Christy Symington, Could Be Good, David Lockett, Deptford Does Art, Deptford X, Evil Sheep Productions, English Flower House, Georgia Bosson, i2 Media, IYA Studio, Javier Molina, John Mcgrath, Lauren Davis, Lush Design, Mass Hysteria, South London Makers Club, Ope Odueyungbo, Trinity Laban, Tabitha Carver, Tara Khorzad.
Nichole Herbert Wood, Chief Executive at Second Floor Studios Justine Simmons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries Councillor Joe Dromey, Councillor Andre Bourne Ope Odueyungbo, Local Professional Photographer Tegan Mills, Project coordinator for SHAPESLewisham Ope Odueyungbo, Local Professional Photographer Nik James, Managing Director for Aldworth James & Bond Karen Fiagbe MAPM, Economy and Partnerships, Lewisham Council