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Katriona Beales

Art Club

The White House

London-based artist Katriona Beales hosted Art Club through the autumn and winter 2021, an intergenerational after-school club for Barking and Dagenham-based foster carers and children in care. The club met regularly through a series of online and in-person sessions to explore interactions between physical and digital spaces and states.

During the pandemic many of their social, educational and work interactions adapted to become screen-based. Together, the group explored how these interactions shape identities and how we can develop a sense of feeling at home in ourselves, both inside and outside the screen. With many families and young people spending more time at home together during periods of lockdown, domestic space and making things at home have also become more central to our wellbeing.

Through this collaboration, Art Club created handmade objects and then digitally transform them, through processes such as 3D scanning and printing. This culminated in a series of functional objects such as bean bags, cushions and wall hangings created for members of the Art Clubs’ own homes.

The White House
884 Green Lane

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Katriona Beales is an internationally exhibited artist based in London who makes digital artefacts, objects, moving image and installation. Katriona's work responds to the social implications of new technologies, in particular mental health and digital culture.

Commissioned by The White House as part of New Town Culture, a programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care and curated by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Funded by the GLA’s Young Londoners Fund, the MOPAC Violence Reduction Unit, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.