Urban by nature

Introducing our sister project, a three year programme with arts at its core, to implement community-led change in the Wood Street and William Morris neighbourhoods. In our consultation process, we asked YOU what you wanted and based on the feedback we received, the following ideas were curated :

A Pop-up programme to enable young people to connect with peers, develop skills and have new creative experiences through takeovers, schools partnerships and creative enterprise development

Creative Courts – a programme to turn basketball courts into giant works of art to help promote grassroots basketball and fund basketball sessions for local residents

A new Urban by Nature studio space run by Wood Street Walls CIC, with 5 new maker-spaces, co-working desks and food prep areas for local street food operators and creatives to provide much needed creative infrastructure for the borough.

Crowdfunding hub on civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive, with drop in support and development sessions for people to help realise their own ideas for creative events and activities for the area with both in kind and financial support.

Street Art Tours – local residents will be trained to take people on local tours. Funds raised will enable the project to pay a London Living Wage to the newly trained tour guides and raise further funds for the Urban by Nature project.

An International Arts Exchange Program – starting with partnerships with Art House Jersey (video below) and Waterford Walls in Ireland, that will see local creatives visit areas overseas and lay on exchange trips for young people to visit emerging destinations.

An ambitious part of the project is forming business partnerships to help give people new pathways into the creative industries. Working with local businesses, Urban by Nature plans to develop new products in collaboration with these businesses to generate new revenue for the project, long after the three year programme completes, with a view to creating a sustainable model for creative programming locally. Watch this space for more updates on the project!

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