For the last couple of years, I’ve been working with Duckie on The Slaughterhouse Club, a workshop project with Thames Reach Hostels for homeless vulnerable Londoners struggling with booze and addiction issues. The project is running for five years from 2015 until 2020, forty weeks per year. Every Thursday we are at Robertson Street Hostel in Battersea, and every Friday we are at Graham House in Vauxhall. I collaborated with one of the residents Chris Argent on this film, which explores his passion for steam trains.
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Worrying times in London at the moment, and to me, it feels like it’s been coming for a while. Living in Liverpool, but often working in London, and having previously lived in London for 15 years, it’s sad to see it become other worldly. Looking back London was a place of excitement, somewhere where you went that was accessible, diverse and full of life. Now it just feels corporate and unobtainable. An offshoot of this is a project I was working on with Re-Dock last year, Happy Birthday RVT, celebrating 150 years of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The RVT is the UK’s oldest LGBTQ pub and iconic performance space, Towards the end of the project, the venue was sold to Immovate, a re-development company with a history of turning turning places into luxury flats and hotels. The result is the launch of a campaign to look out for the Future […]
I filmed this earlier this month over the course of a day at St Paul’s Church West Hackney. Hopefully, the film demonstrates how the building is in constant use throughout the day. For me, it was really interesting to see how much cross-over from the different groups, showing how essential the space is to the local community.