With the title of London Borough of Culture 2019 adorning its trophy shelf, Waltham Forest has a lot going on. And now, the kiddies can roll up their little sleeves and get in on the action. With the borough’s rich metal-working history in mind, Atomic 50: Time Travels in Tin was the brain child of Blackhorse Workshop in collaboration with acclaimed visual artist Abigail Conway.
The installation-cum-community project will see the transformation of a disused Leyton school building into a bustling ‘ghost factory’; exploring the exciting potential of tin for the 21stcentury. This refreshing hands-on approach to education will introduce participants (or perhaps more fittingly, ‘the workforce’) to the history of tin and its value as a sustainable alternative to plastic; as well as providing practical workshops in making with metal. In-keeping with the “Metamodern” resurgence of craftsmanship and independent commerce, the end product of the sessions will culminate in a tin sculpture, made up of each individual piece of work. We think it’s a fantastic 90 minutes for the little ones with an incredibly important message to make it even more worthwhile. Workers Unite!
Leyton Sports Ground, 2 Crawley Road, London, E10 6RJ
£5pp, book online at blackhorseworkshop.co.uk. A limited number of free tickets are available also for low income families.