A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate

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Rudy Loewe

Rudy Loewe: Becontree Banners

Southwood Primary School, Five Elms Primary School and Grafton Primary School

September – November 2021

Artist Rudy Loewe will be working with pupils from three primary schools to create weatherproof banners that consider and celebrate the history of the Becontree Estate alongside the lives and cultures of those students in 2021. The schools will participate in the schools parade as part of the Chittys Lane Tea Party and Lantern Parade.

Rudy will be working with the Valence House Archives and supporting young people to explore their own notions of identity and belonging through illustration and drawn image. Rudy uses Emotion Learning processes employed by INIVA (the Institute of International Visual Art) to encourage young people to use art as a starting point to explore emotive themes and personal journeys.

Rudy has already held workshops at Five Elms Primary School. They will be at Southwood Primary School from 6-8 October and Grafton Primary School 18-22 October. The finished banners will be installed externally at each school to recognise their involvement in the centenary and their place in the Becontree Estate.

Southwood Primary School
Keppel Rd
Dagenham
RM9 5LT

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Wood Lane
Dagenham
RM9 5TB

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Grafton Road
Dagenham
RM8 3EX

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Rudy Loewe (pronouns they/them) is a visual artist and arts educator engaging in critical social issues through painting and drawing. Pertinent questions within their practice have been — Who are the authors of history? Whose narratives are seen as objective? How do we preserve our own legacies?

Rudy uses a visual language to disentangle threads relating to Black histories, colonialism, gender, sexuality, and Caribbean folklore. Often they use personal narratives, collected first hand experiences and archival material as a starting point in their work. Rudy is concerned with who has access to archives and the way our histories are disseminated.

Rudy graduated in 2018 from the Visual Communication MFA at Konstfack, and has been the Early Years artist-in-residence at the Serpentine Gallery for 2020.