SHAPESLewisham Talks

SHAPESLewisham Talks facilitates conversations between creatives in Lewisham, surrounding different topics each week.

The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting everyone, in many different ways, prompting many different responses, both internal and external. The talks aim to provide an essential channel of connectivity amongst Lewisham’s creative community, to continue to engage with a diverse community, to prompt the sharing of individual reflections and to develop insights more broadly on the creative industry in Lewisham and beyond.

Our concept for these talks is to be honest and open with our community, respect each others thoughts and provide a platform upon which they can be shared.

To be involved in a SHAPESLewisham Talk, contact us at info@shapeslewisham.co.uk.

It was great the fact that we had a topic and your interventions were great, I really liked that it was a chat more than an interview! Which can obviously be a challenge while we are talking via Zoom. I can't think of anything else...apart from maybe that it'd be really nice to keep the talks going?
Martina Trlik - Photographer & Producer.

SHAPESLewisham talks: reflection and creative practice

SHAPESLewisham speaks with the creative network about the nature of reflection within creative practices, in response to the coronavirus crisis.

In conversation with local practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and practices, SHAPESLewisham hears individual stories of reflection from within the creative community and explores the role it plays in the creative process. Together we shared some of our recent experiences of reflection amid the coronavirus outbreak and explored how creative practice can act as a vehicle for reflection.

Participants from top left to bottom right:

Brenda Rattray - Vocal Coach, Performer & Composer - shapeslewisham.co.uk/brenda-rattray/

Sophie Hardcastle - Designer & Facilitator - shapeslewisham.co.uk/sophie-hardcastle/

Martina Trlik - Photographer & Producer - instagram.com/mar_trlik/

Cal Byrne - Teacher & Artist - shapeslewisham.co.uk/calbyrne/

Alex Stone - Photography & Sculpture Artist - shapeslewisham.co.uk/alexstone/

Zoe Powell - Textile Artist & Material Researcher - shapeslewisham.co.uk/zoepowellbest/

SHAPESLewisham talks resilience and creative practice

SHAPESLewisham speaks with the creative network about resilience and what it means to be resilient, as a creative, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

In conversation with six local practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and practices, SHAPESLewisham hears individual stories of resilience from within the creative community and explores the challenges they face. The conversation explores what resilience means, what it might look like within our practices and how creativity can play an active role in building resilience, for individuals and the wider community. 

Participants from top left to bottom right: 
Hannah Cushion - Artists & Arts Educator - shapeslewisham.co.uk/hannahcushion/

Sophie Hardcastle - Designer & Facilitator - shapeslewisham.co.uk/sophie-hardcastle/

Rob Key - Designer & Founder of Studio Change - studiochange.co.uk

Kayleigh Marshall - Artist & Maker - instagram.com/marshallartlife/

Jason Page - Founder of South East Salon - shapeslewisham.co.uk/southeastsalon/

Joost Pasman - Leather Designer & Founder of Pasman Leather - pasmanleather.com

Oggie Ekaragha - Musician, Singer & Songwriter - shapeslewisham.co.uk/oggiemusic/

SHAPESLewisham talks resilience and creative practice

SHAPESLewisham speaks with the creative network about the nature of uncertainty within creative practices, in response to the coronavirus crisis.

In conversation with local practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and practices, SHAPESLewisham hears individual stories of uncertainty from within the creative community and explores the role it plays in the creative process. The conversation touches on the connection between uncertainty and creativity to ask about what can be learnt, through our creative practice, about approaching moments of uncertainty? And what insights can we collectively offer to others?

Participants from top left to bottom right: 

Yusuf Osman - Leather Designer, Silk Performer & Founder of YUSSICO - shapeslewisham.co.uk/yussico/

Sophie Hardcastle - Designer & Facilitator - shapeslewisham.co.uk/sophie-hardcastle/

Iris Athanasiadi - Architect, Choreographer & Performer - shapeslewisham.co.uk/irisathanasiadi/

Andrew Kerr - Artist & Educator - shapeslewisham.co.uk/studioclownknowm/

Kat Lopez - Creative Director of Sation - sation.uk

Levi LVTS - Musician & Poet - shapeslewisham.co.uk/lvts/

SHAPESLewisham talks restriction and creative practice

SHAPESLewisham speaks with the creative network about the nature of restriction within creative practices, in response to the coronavirus crisis.

In conversation with local practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and practices, SHAPESLewisham hears individual stories of restriction from within the creative community and explores the role it plays in the creative process. Together we explored the connection between ideas of restriction and creativity to ask - what can be learnt, through our creative practice, about approaching and responding to restrictions? And what insights can we collectively offer to others?

The topic is incredibly sensitive as the challenges we are all facing are incredibly difficult. The current restrictions in place are of paramount importance to us all, keeping us healthy and protecting the NHS. For some the restrictions have been liberating and for others violently destructive and its important to recognise that they effect us all in completely different ways. It’s also important to recognise that the ability to stay at home and to work within these current restrictions is a privilege - that many at this time do not have. 

Participants from top left to bottom right: 

Laura Hepworth - Conceptual Artist - shapeslewisham.co.uk/laurahepworth/

Sophie Hardcastle - Designer & Facilitator - shapeslewisham.co.uk/sophie-hardcastle/

Abbie Vickress - Graphic Designer, Researcher & Lecturer - shapeslewisham.co.uk/abbievickress/

Francesca Mcgourty - Founder of The Pattern Room - shapeslewisham.co.uk/thepatternroom/

Shereener Browne - Actress and Founder of Orisun Productions - shapeslewisham.co.uk/orisunproductionslimited/

Nathalie Boobis - Curator and Director of Deptford X - shapeslewisham.co.uk/deptfordx/