Professional development, Schools and teachers, Young people, Neighbourhood
Occupied Spaces: A Political GIF Project 24 February - 7 March 2015

Artists Barby Asante and Fawzia Afifi with students from the Borrough of Havering


Occupied Spaces Manifesto, 2015

Saturday 28 February 2-6pm Special Viewing with the curator of the project Teresa Cisneros.   

Occupied Spaces is a project designed by Education Curator Teresa Cisneros to facilitate critical thinking about the space young people occupy and to activate their imagination. It offered students the opportunity to take on the role of makers, thinkers, doers or activists in a creative environment, in and outside of the classroom.

Between October 2014 and January 2015, Iniva worked with artists Barby Asante and Fawzia Afifi, engaging with over 200 secondary schools students from Brittons Academy, Hall Mead School, Liberty Boys School and Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School in the borough of Havering. Teachers were invited to spend time with the artists to learn more about the concepts and how artists utilise themes and actions from real life protests or in acts of resistance as part of their work.

All the students were invited to visit Rivington Place to see the current exhibitions, followed by an introduction with the artists exploring their own political thinking. The students were given time to consider what they felt passionate about and with this in mind, they were required to undertake research in the Stuart Hall Library.

Using their research they presented their findings and started thinking about their own creative digital GIF's (graphic interchange format) which they would be making in their classrooms. The artists collaborated with the students to develop and deepen the graphics which were then converted to GIF's.

The resulting GIF's can be seen on the gallery page and will be on display at Rivington Place from 24 February to 7 March 2015.

Occupied Spaces  

The project was generously supported by the Jack Petchy Foundation and the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.



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