Showing posts with label Catford. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Catford. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Prefab Museum

The Prefab Museum is a pop-up exhibition in South East London, in a real prefab, one of 186 soon to be demolished on the Excalibur Estate, Catford.

These council houses were built after Second World War to help overcome the housing shortage, built for returning troops and those who had lost their homes in the bombing.

 They were built to last 10 years but ended up providing family homes for nearly 70 years.

These modern, new 2 bedroom houses had... 

built-in cupboards,

 immersion heaters, indoor bathrooms,


and spacious gardens.

 "An unheard of luxury for many!"

Before the estate is demolished you can visit the Prefab Museum, a pop-up exhibition curated by Elizabeth Blanchet, bringing different artists together who all share her fascination with prefabs and the communities who live in them. The exhibition includes photographs, drawings, installations, film, and memorabilia, all celebrating life in a prefab.

These photos show work by Jo Cooper, Harriet Mcdougall, Sarah Gregory & Jane Hearn.
I have to thank Wendy for sharing her i-phone photos of Jo Cooper's work. My camera just wasn't up to it, taking photos through the tiny viewing holes in her installation.

Visitors are asked to get involved too, pinning prefabs you know of. Red for those no longer standing, blue where there were some, and green where there are still some standing. Looks like red is winning, the prefabs are losing their battle. All the more reason to have events like this, to celebrate them and their communities. 
In the Excalibur Estate, Catford, six prefabs have had a reprieve from demolition, they have been awarded a grade 2 listing and are set to stay.   

You can see this exhibition at number 17 Meliot Road, Catford, SE6 1RY. Open until 1st April 2014. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10.00-16.00. Saturdays, 10.00-18,00.

More information is on their Facebook page here.

NB- *The exhibition has now been extended until end of Septmeber 2014*

Monday, 7 May 2012

Urban river walk...

...In Catford.

We went for a walk by the river...

...where the rivers Pool & Ravensbourne meet.

There was something for everyone.

Bird spotting...

...this is where the Nuthatch live.

Tree spotting...

...we think this is a Hornbeam.


And paddling...

...they ended up a lot wetter than this.

We also saw two jet fighters overhead...
 ...practising, air security for the Olympics.
(Sorry no photos, they were too far away and too fast)

The Riverview Walk is part of a longer walk. The Waterlink Way... 

...where we could have walked, or cycled, all the way from Sydenham to the river Thames.

That post was two years ago. Now two years on and I walk/run this route every week. Love seeing how everything changes with each season, lovely spring blossom recently.
Plus even been treated to sightings of a Kingfisher and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

You can also download video and sound works made in response to the river, 'Here Comes Everybody', either here on the website here or scan the QR code on a plaque on one of the bridges with a smartphone when you're there. 
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