Artists Programme #1: Godfried Donkor
25 Jul – 8 Aug 2009

I Love London was the culmination of a series of workshops exploring multimedia art practice and what it means to live in and love London by students from Barking Abbey and Eastbrook secondary schools. Led by artist Godfried Donkor and based on his original SPACE commission Story of a London Township it formed the first of three commissions for the Artists Programme, which aimed to introduce young people from Barking and Dagenham to the creative and cultural industries.

The Artists Programme was funded by London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, University of the Arts London’s Widening Participation Department and Eastbrook and Barking Abbey secondary schools.

The exhibition was on show at The Barking Learning Centre from Sat 25th July — Sat 8th August 2009. Previous to this, it was on show at The Malthouse — a  studio building then managed by SPACE and part of the first phase in the development of the Creative Industries Quarter in Barking, led by London Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

This was an opportunity to explore Godfried Donkor’s I Love London — the first exhibition at Barking’s newest art space: The Malthouse, a drop-in workshop looked at and experimented with techniques of construction and weaving around the themes of shelter, security and what it means to love London. This was a free event suitable for all ages.

Dates and venues:

Monday 20th July 2009, The Malthouse, Abbey Road, Barking IG11 7BT

Saturday 25th July 2009, Barking Learning Centre, Town Square, IG11 7NB