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Housing Study Day

25 November 2017 11:00 am - 25 November 2017 7:00 pm

Booking is essential.

With residents, architects, artists, and thinkers, we present innovative and thoughtful models of living and working. Join conversations, learn from toolkits and engage in making workshops around new approaches to making the built environment work for more people.

This event is part of Idea Home Show, a season of exhibitions and projects that contribute to the urgent debate around the present condition and future of housing. Through this, we take a political look at how residents and practitioners working between art, architecture and activism propose solutions for alternative housing models.

Please complete the booking form here https://goo.gl/forms/sFmN72OaQrGPiol03

Alternatively, you can complete a paper form on MIMA’s reception desk.


10.30am – 12.30pm

Celebrating Change is a project which brings together residents to work with a writer and a filmmaker, developing skills; learning filmmaking techniques and creative writing. During the session, a digital manifesto will be made in response to the United Nation’s Right to Adequate Housing fact sheet. Please RSVP to celebratingchange2017@gmail.com.

11.00am – 11.45pm (all)

Walking Tour with Chris Taylor, Bini Araia and Isabel Lima

The day begins with a walking tour of Gresham, an area of Middlesbrough that has undergone much change in recent years and is in the process of development. This is led by charity worker Bini Araia who supports new and emerging communities in Middlesbrough, artist Isabel Lima who has been working with residents in the area, and Chris Taylor of Oasis Foundation who is part of developing collaborative proposals for Gresham.

12.00am – 1.15pm (all)

Short introductions with Harper Perry Architects and Natasha Vall, Teesside University

Harper Perry is a Newcastle-based design studio that works in architecture, planning, design and research.

Natasha Vall is Professor of Urban and Cultural History at Teesside Uni in the School of Social Sciences Humanities and Law. She has research and teaching interests in post-industrial cities and the cultural transformation of marginal spaces and communities, especially those that have experienced de-industrialisation. Natasha will explore historical precedents for community housing projects and architecture from the 1960s to the present day drawing on examples from the North East, elsewhere in the UK and continental Europe.

1.15pm – 2.15pm (all)

Lunch with The Other Perspective, featuring Jasleen Kaur

Lunch is made with Community Interest Company, The Other Perspective, featuring artist Jasleen Kaur, whose work deals with the meeting points between different cultures and the formation of identities.

2.15pm – 2.45pm (choose one of the below sessions)

Discussion with Harper Perry Architects

Harper Perry is a Newcastle-based design studio that works in architecture, planning, design and research. They discuss the politics and economics of housing in the North East.

Presentation by Eastside Projects

Eastside Projects, an artist-run space in Birmingham demonstrates ways in which art may be useful as part of society. They present current proposals for artists to design, produce and use housing.

2.50pm – 3.20pm (choose one of the below sessions)

Introduction to low energy housing with LEAP, Durham

LEAP: a Lovingly Engineered Architectural Process, are Passivhaus architects and low energy consultants based in Durham who specialise in comfortable, low energy housing. They provide an introduction to comfortable, low energy housing.

Reading group with Nadia Hebson

Artist Nadia Hebson (based in Newcastle) who works to find and highlight the voices of overlooked women artists. Hebson leads a reading and discussion of a text written with artist Sophie Macpherson that ranges through personal perspectives on artists’ practices and international events such as the ‘migrant crisis’ and EU referendum.

Slogan making with Emily Hesse

Emily Hesse is a Teesside-based activist, artist and co-founder of New Linthorpe, with an interest in social practice and community building initiatives. Building on her work, Reclaiming the Wilderness, Hesse asks participants to consider how they can use the materials around them to build for the future.

3.25pm – 3.55pm (choose one of the below sessions)

Discussion with Julia Heslop

Julia Heslop is an artist, writer and researcher based in Newcastle who works across art and architecture. In 2016, Heslop worked with people who had experienced homelessness, homelessness charity Crisis, and fabricators TILT to develop ‘Protohome’ a self-build project. In this discussion, Heslop looks at how more community-led forms of housing could come forth in Middlesbrough and beyond.

When is a pub not a pub? or Do we need a new public house?

Artists Toby Phips Lloyd and Andrew Wilson build environments which invite people to communicate and collaborate with one another. Often borrowing the furniture of the Public House these installations encourage hospitality to open-up shared and conflicting experiences of everyday life. In this discussion, Lloyd and Wilson consider the contemporary state, and potential future, of the public house. Traditionally, once you had entered the pub and bought or been bought a drink you were a participant instead of a spectator. Does the pub provide a space for democratic discussion and debate or has it become a relic that needs to be re-evaluated to meet the needs of the current climate.

4.30pm – 4.45pm (all)

Tea break with The Other Perspective featuring Jasleen Kaur

4.45pm – 7.00pm (all)

Screening of Sarah Turner’s Public House, followed by discussion with Sarah Turner and Sam Wetherell, University of York

Public House charts the story of the Ivy House Pub in Peckham, London, which was due to be sold for development in 2012 but instead became the UK’s first co-operatively owned pub. This experimental documentary demonstrates the power of collective working and resilience of community-led initiatives. Artist and filmmaker Sarah Turner is a reader in Fine Art at the University of Kent and will be joined in discussion by Sam Wetherell, a lecturer in the history of Britain and the World at University of York. Wetherell’s research touches on the history of the ‘creative economy’ as a solution to deindustrialisation in Britain and the United States.

ACORN Teesside is a newly formed branch of ACORN, a national tenants’ union, community organisation, support network, and anti-poverty organising group. ACORN Teesside support renters who are having problems with their landlords or letting agents, and campaign for better standards. They will be present throughout the day for information sharing and conversations.


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