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Hypha Studios

Ewelina Bartkowska Becontree Estate Residency

Alderman Jones's House, 322 Parsloes Avenue

Sunday 20 June - Sunday 12 September

Ewelina Bartkowska has begun 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 comes from a similar, yet much smaller Garden City herself. She will be inviting the public to join her in several locations following the old locations of Becontree Estate Railway system. She will be collecting local materials and then she will be creating 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.

Find out more about Ewelina's residency here.

Clay Workshops

Ewelina is organising a series of clay workshops where local communities will be invited to make objects that she will later incorporate in the making of the fire sculpture. To find out more click here.

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.