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

Hypha Studios

Sequoia Barnes Becontree Estate Residency

Alderman Jones's House, 322 Parsloes Avenue

9 - 30 August 2021

Last in the series of a three part residency program created in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council - Sequoia Barnes is artist in residence at Alderman Jones' house on the Becontree Estate. She is a textile artist with mixed practices that include installation, assemblage, and performance. It is predominately centered around making processes, rituals, and modes of fashioning. Trained in semiotics, she deploys research through praxis often in her scholarly and artistic explorations of black diasporic symbolisms, storytelling as performance, and positioning the creative process as a performance/ritual. Her most recent work is a quilt/shrine devoted to communicating with ancestors.

She is interested in using the estate as a studio space as a change of environment to inspire further research and development on the performance costume/object experimentation she has been doing in residency at the Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. The wallpaper in the sitting room has potential to not only be re-imagined as a quilt pattern but also as a site for performance experimentation. She will be engaging with Valence House Gardens as well as the 16th century wall painting inside Valence House as sites of inspiration.

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.