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Ewelina Bartkowska Becontree Estate Residency
Alderman Jones's House, 322 Parsloes Avenue
20 June – 12 July 2021
Ewelina Bartkowska completed an artistic residency at Councillor Alderman Fred Jones’s house on Parsloes Avenue, the former Mayor of Barking and Dagenham. The Becontree Estate was influenced by the Garden City movement initiated by Ebenezer Howard in 1898 and Ewelina came from a similar, yet much smaller Garden City herself. She invited the public to join her in several locations following the old locations of Becontree Estate Railway system. She collected local materials and then created a fire sculpture in the garden.
Ewelina is a clay sculptress and clay activist exploring the transformative power of raw materials. Her practice embraces sustainable processes; she has become an alternative kiln builder as a way to link place and community. She believes in the transformative power of raw materials and the benefits of time spent on making together. Currently she is developing a series of vessels made with recycled clay and decorated with a glaze from the Thames.
Ewelina organised a series of clay workshops where local residents were invited to make objects that she later incorporated in the making of the fire sculpture. To find out more click here.
322 Parsloes Avenue
Hypha Studios is a charity that matches creatives with empty spaces to regenerate the high street through the formation of cultural hubs with programming to engage local communities. They have partnered with Barking and Dagenham Council to create this series of mini residencies as part of Becontree Forever.