R-Urban London


OPEN GATES II: The Shed Workshop

Spaces of commoning: where collective making takes place for a common good
Space of one’s own: where individual making takes place for one’s personal practice.

Warehouse living in Hackney Wick and Fish Island is supporting common practices: Communal dinners, collective urban gardening and creative collaborations take place in disused industiral spaces which benefit the local community. The urban gardens appropriate found objects while studios are made collectively from reclaimed materials. While it is important to utilize the communal spaces collectively, is also important to have a space of one’s own: whether it’s an insulated temporary structure, a desk space or a mobile shed that provides an affordable, independent and accessible space for practice. The community helps to connect the spaces in which individual and collective practices take place.

Open Gates II : The Shed Workshop aims to think about the importance of independent spaces and to build a communal shed structure with recycled materials.

The workshop starts at the Common Shop at 5pm with an introduction to a variety of local and global shed examples by local artist Sara Kärpänen.

At 6pm the workshop continues to Vittoria Wharf, Hackney Wick where the participants will build their own common structure with recycled materials.

The event is open for public. No RSVP necessary

Bring your scrap wood and tools!


Saturday 2 May 2015, 5pm-9pm

5pm: The Wick Common Shop, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

6pm-9pm: Unit 17 / Yard, 10 Stour Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT