The Kingswood Draw was developed by ICDP, funded by Southwark Council and produced by Emergency Exit Arts. It was a large-scale participatory public art project that took place at Kingswood House, Dulwich, London, during April 2014. The project was sponsored by Letraset.
London’s Southwark Council, in partnership with a stakeholder group consisting of local businesses, community groups and schools, were looking to develop a unique artistic programme for the Kingswood Estate area of Dulwich, South London. Inclusive workshops open to the stakeholder group and the public would build up to a final celebratory event at Kingswood House, a Georgian manor house. The project aimed to engage local residents in high-quality artistic activity, as well as reinvigorate their connection to and use of the often neglected Kingswood House.
What We Achieved
After 2 weeks of workshops and events, and over 500 people getting involved, the Kingswood Estate community produced over 10 finished artworks including drawings on canvas, digital light drawings, a music video with the Carl Campbell Dance Company 7, and a colourful finger-knitted curtain. The daily workshops culminated in a final festival day at Kingswood House where the artwork produced thus far was displayed, and 4 commissioned artists each led a separate art laboratory for more creation. The labs were designated into DRAW, PLAY, EAT, CONNECT, standing for a drawing room, a digital light drawing space, an edible art station, and a finger-knitting marathon where participants connected yarn together to make a giant curtain. It all made for a fun-filled day of much laughter and communal creation across many artforms. In the end, many residents had found new friends, had re-connected to the beautiful but often underused Kingswood House, and the community had over 10 new artworks which have since been displayed across the neighbourhood venues which created them.