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Guest Projects
1 Andrews Road
E8 4QL

25th May to 27th May

From Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May, Guest Projects will be celebrating its tenth anniversary!

To mark this very special occasion, we are holding a weekend of performance, theatre, music and interactive workshops, all hosted by current and past residents of Guest Projects.

Guest Projects is an initiative that was conceived by Yinka Shonibare MBE in 2008, which offers the opportunity for early career artists and practitioners of any artistic discipline to have free access to a project space for one month, to host exhibitions, events and workshops. Guest Projects provides an alternative universe and playground for artists and curators, encouraging them to collaborate and create new experimental works in a space where they can fail; It is a laboratory of ideas and a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.

Each year Guest Projects hosts up to six artist residency groups and also offers a Talks and Events programme in which groups can apply to use the space for up to three days for book and magazine launches, workshops, presentations and symposiums. At Guest Projects we also host a bi-monthly supper club entitled The Artist Dining Room, which collaborates with London-based chefs to hold a series of unique and bespoke artist-led supper clubs, offering an alternative dining experience where creative minds can engage and immerse themselves in the life and works of an artist through food.


Friday 25th May: OPENING PARTY, 7pm – 12.30am

Curators Linda Rocco and Cairo Clarke are collaborating to host our opening event on Friday 25th of May, with a series of artistic interventions, all performed by past and returning residents of the space, to celebrate Guest Projects’ history and its oeuvre of multi-disciplinary artist projects.

Performances by: Tangle International, Doug Fishbone, Ilona Sagar, Larry Achiampong, Suzannah Pettigrew, Harriet Middleton-Baker, Raju Rage, and Zinzi Minott.

Music and Sounds with DJ AJ Kwame aka Peter Adjaye (Music for Architecture): 9pm – 12am

Instagram / Facebook: @music4architecture

18+ / Bar – Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase on site.

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Saturday & Sunday: Programmed workshops and events (see below)

Saturday 26th May: Open to the public, 10am – 11pm

10am – 2pm: Open School East

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Open School East are hosting a workshop that draws on the local space surrounding Regent’s Canal by exploring movement and journeys, and investigating the way in which humans move and how we navigate space: pathways and waterways.

A Roman mile is 1,000 paces and a milestone was set up to mark each mile. Each milestone had a dedication to the Emperor of the day – OSE will transform terminology from Roman mapping methods to explore infrastructure and journeys. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in building relics and milestones. The event will be structured around a performative text connected to the excursion.

Open School East is a space for artist learning that is free, experimental,

collaborative, and brings together diverse voices. They provide tuition and studio space to emerging artists, run learning activities for young people and adults, commission artists to develop participatory projects, and produce and host cultural events and social activities, that are always free to attend.

2pm – 6pm: AltMFA with The Future

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To celebrate their busy year leading ‘The Future’ programme, AltMFA invite you to join them for an afternoon series of short moments at Guest Projects. Through discussion, food making and conversations they will explore communal ways of instigating future modes of collective learning and being.

AltMFA is an alternative ‘Master of Fine Art’ course established by artists for artists, as a free alternative to studying a university-based MA in London. The course has no fixed premises; the programme takes place in a range of private and public venues. AltMFA incorporates the most desirable elements of an MFA course; space to work, collaborators to argue with, a social sphere to move within. Unlike a conventional MFA, AltMFA is a common space in which there are no fees; time and facilities are all offered in kind.

6pm – 11pm: School of The Damned with Being in the body

Natasha Cox and Renata Minoldo on behalf of School of The Damned

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Being in the body plays out within a temporary assembled environment that borrows from communal spaces intrinsically linked to the tactile, it sits somewhere between a ‘wellbeing’ studio and late night club. Essentially places where one attempts to reach another level of understanding through the body. What is the potential of these environments and their capacity to temporarily dissolve certain rules that govern our everyday lives? How can they allow people from different circumstances or situation to interact more openly?

The spatial design uses projection, transitional furniture, functional sound and light to encouraging the idea of group participation and to enhance and facilitate explorations of the physical, emotional and spiritual body.

There will be two phases, a phase of intimacy and a phase of opening. Starting with a smaller group the event and environment will then open up and adapt becoming a place where people can gather to further explore these ideas of friendship and collaboration by dancing together using free movement and music.

School of the Damned is a free postgraduate art course run by, and for, its students. It exists to promote access to free education as a fundamental right and stands in opposition to the current system of higher education. The School operates without money, without a bank account and without financial obligation. Rather than paying fees, the School runs a labour exchange programme with guests including artists, writers and curators, trading time for time, not only to challenge the financial exclusivity of higher education but to strengthen and extend its network.


Phase I: From the Inside to the Outside 18:30 – 20:00 (Spaces limited)

Phase II: Bodies are no longer fleshy lumps of tissue and bone detached from the mind, they are portals 20:00 – 23:00 (Free Entry – Open to all)

Sunday 27th May: Open to the public, 10am – 11pm

10am – 2pm: Cassiopeia with Speaking Signs

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Cassiopeia are performing Speaking Signs, which explores the things that come together in a flash to form a constellation, offering snapshots of Cassiopeia’s working practice at a particular moment in time, touching on hidden histories, modular images, cryptography and more. Each time Speaking Signs is performed it mutates to become something new. Cassiopeia are Hannah Rae Alton, Irene Vidal Cal, Amy Goodwin, Anne Harild, and Catrin Morgan.

2pm – 6pm: Laboratory of Dark Matters

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Laboratory of Dark Matters invites you to an afternoon of live readings and open conversation on the unknown nature of the universe.

A selection of short texts which have a relationship to the exploration of dark matter as a scientific or philosophical concept will be presented to stimulate questions and encourage shared knowledge across disciplines and perspectives.

This event is designed to be informal, inclusive and accessible for all with no prior knowledge or up-front reading required.

Laboratory of Dark Matters is a response by artists to scientific investigations into the mysteries of the universe. It invites everyone driven by curiosity to explore fundamental questions about matter and consciousness.

6pm – 11pm: The Syllabus Syllabus Mix

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Syllabus Mix is an evening of screenings, performance and sounds from Syllabus i, ii & iii. Including work by Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Mira Calix, Ilker Cinarel, Faye Claridge, Phoebe Davis, Freya Dooley, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Jill McKnight, Mathew Parkin, Tom Smith, Lucy Steggals, Thomas Whittle, Laura Wilson, Rafal Zajko.

The Syllabus is a national, alternative peer-led learning programme involving 10 selected artists annually, delivered in partnership by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; New Contemporaries; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol; Studio Voltaire, London and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London. #syllabusmix


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