We’ve been busy…

…constructing the Festival of Upcycling

…more images to follow soon!


We’ve opened up our front garden…

… and invited a few friends to visit.

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We had a great weekend opening the site up to the public.  We cannot praise Urban Feasts‘ delicious food traders enough for all the wonderful goodies and good temper given the inclement weather, and not forgetting are marvellous upcyclers f-a-c-e who were on hand all weekend.

Groundwork UK and Serco did an amazing job getting our front garden ready for our visitors.

We greatly appreciate all the locals and those who came from further a field that came to visit. It was great to be able to point to the base of the structure that’s going to be our Make/Shift Market and venue, to get a sense of the space that will be our outdoor event space and of course admire the fantastic work Robots >>>> and Rosetta Art have done on site.

Most importantly it was great to see people enjoying the space!

Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you next week when Urban Feasts are there once more from Thursday to Sunday, see here for more details.

We will be back on site presenting the Playful Ping Pong Pavillion and the postponed Paint your City… Events on July 7th and 8th from 11am – 4pm. Admission is free, we hope to see you there.

A constructive week

Construction on the Canning Town site has been moving along at a pace this week!

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Rosetta Arts have been preparing the art wall, ready for the artists to get painting at the Festival of Upcycling pre-launch event this coming weekend.

The site hoarding is now emblazoned with INDUSTRI[US], thanks to Crona and Terence’s hard work. Anchor House have also been working on the hoarding, helping to ‘break through’ (so passers by can take a peek at what’s going on!) by constructing a mesh screen and putting up gates to make a new site entrance.

Local Newham volunteers have been very busy too – planting up many of the plants left over from the Chelsea Flower Show and laying paving in our pop-up public square.

Our Canning Town Giant has put on weight too thanks to ROBOTS>>>> – he now has a body, legs and arms and is looking forward to getting a head and hands next week!

Robots on the Southbank

Industri[us] collaborators ROBOTS>>>> have just completed the build of two giant robots from reclaimed timber on the Southbank.

They can be seen scrambling up the side of the Hayward Gallery and are part of the summer-long Festival of the World. ROBOTS>>>> will be starting construction of the Canning Town giant, totalling 9 metres in height, from early June. See below for a preview!

The Canning Town Giant – concept behind the sculpture