It has taken quite a while but I have finally settled on a title (or at least a working title) for my BoW. Creating a group on Facebook (mainly for the denizens of the gardens rather than my lovely echo chamber) helped to focus my mind. More importantly, I want to apply to our local arts centre in Bethnal Green to try to get my name on the list for an exhibition and for that I need a title for the work.
I’ve settled on ‘Between the tracks’ with the subhead of ‘A portrait of a meanwhile space’. The site is literally between two train lines but I also like the play of it sounding like ‘between the cracks’ and the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ subtext. It also dovetails into the idea of the Nomadic Gardens being a third space for people. Somewhere that isn’t work and isn’t home. A place to be rather than do which is one of the mantras of the NCG.
On my shortlist were ‘Chronicles of a Meanwhile Space’; ‘Borrowed Time’; ‘Play Nice’ and ‘Hope Nope’. I also had ‘Wasteland Recaptured’ in my scribbles but even I am not that pretentious.
I have penned an intro for the FB group but will have to work on an artist statement for the application to the arts centre.
Between the Tracks is a personal photographic project which will constitute the degree show for my BA in Photography. The Nomadic Community Gardens at Fleet Street Hill, E2 is run by a social enterprise which temporarily transforms a wasteland into a community space while property developers secure planning permission and funding. This is known as “meanwhile-use”. The NCG opened in 2015 and has grown into a vibrant hub of creativity and community support. There are now over 100 allotment beds for local residents as well as a cafe, beehives, a children’s play area, art and sculpture workshops, event space, an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit that is at the centre of the human connections that take place within the NCG. This is a unique innercity secret garden- a ‘third space’ that isn’t home or work – for people from all walks of life to interact and feel less isolated. An urban oasis in a fragmented city. These photographs are my portrait of the Nomadic Community Gardens.