Search

Artist seeks stories and photos for exhibition about history of Ilford businesses

13:27 07 July 2014

Shoppers were perplexed by the street performers. Picture: Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

Shoppers were perplexed by the street performers. Picture: Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

Archant

An artist is searching for stories, photos and music as part of a series of events to celebrate the history of the high street and local businesses.

Not your usual street cleaner - he's wearing a microphone. Picture: Vision Redbridge Culture & LeisureNot your usual street cleaner - he's wearing a microphone. Picture: Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

Artist Lucy Harrison is heading a project, which explores the contributions of businesses to Ilford’s cultural life.

The project comes after the hidden history of Ilford High Road was told in High Street Odyssey - a street theatre piece.

The street performance and upcoming exhibition is part of Ilford This Way – a collaborative art programme between Vision Redbridge’s culture team and students on the MA Narrative Environments course at the University of the Arts London.

Street theatre audiences were given a one-of-a-kind guided tour of Ilford High Road as part of an initiative to engage people with the borough.

Headphones and binoculars - the audience became part of the performance. Picture: Vision Redbridge Culture & LeisureHeadphones and binoculars - the audience became part of the performance. Picture: Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

Actors in High Street Odyssey stayed in character among Ilford’s hustle and bustle to transport the headphone-wearing audience on a “dream-like voyage” along Ilford High Road.

The performance explored the history, mystery and the compelling characters behind the historic high street.

Artist Lucy, whose Good Company project looks at music and memories, said: “I think Ilford is a place which has changed quite a lot over the years and a lot of people remember particular businesses are not there anymore.”

Previous high street projects included a Flat Pack Park on Oakfield Road, Ilford, which was opened by artist Laura X Carle last month.

Vision arts development officer Jane Leighton said: “They [the theatre group] have written this whole script about Ilford - Ilford is a really great place for people to discover things.”

Ms Leighton added: “I just feel that it was a fantastic opportunity.”

“To be able to bring work like that to the borough is a fantastic achievement.”

Ms Harrison is inviting people to share their stories and songs at an event at the Exchange Ilford on July 23.

Call 079 6487 8315 for more information on the Good Company Project.

Latest Ilford News Stories

51 minutes ago
Florin Onea, of Hickling Road, Ilford, left, with son Arnold

The “shocked” son of a man who was knifed in the heart plans to launch an appeal against a court verdict after his killer was cleared of murder.

Yesterday, 17:51
An artists impression of outside the Exchange Shopping Centre car par, after the 200 flat development is completed. Picture: Meyer Bergman

Councillors will tonight decide whether to green light proposals to build three tower blocks above the Exchange Shopping Centre’s car park.

Yesterday, 17:26
Loxford Polyclinic

A commissioning group has reassured patients at an under-fire surgery that it would only close as a “last resort”.

Yesterday, 16:41
Hollywood actress, Rosamund Pike, with two children who helped to launch the Barnardo's new rose. Photo: Dan Hodges/Barnardo's

Barnardo’s ambassador Rosamund Pike launched a new rose to honour Syrie Barnardo and to commemorate the charity’s 150th anniversary at the Chelsea Flower Show on Tuesday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe