3.30 – 5pm Saturday 13th May 2017
at National Mills Weekend
For this new phase of the Active Energy project a floating water wheel is being placed in the River Lee close to an historic tidal mill. The outflow from the mill pool will turn the wheel, which will then drive an aerator to oxygenate the water and counteract the effects of pollution on the river’s fish and wildlife.
The process has been led by artist Loraine Leeson working with the Geezers, a seniors’ group based at AgeUK, and supported by the Lea Valley team of the Hydrocitizenship research initiative. Engineer Toby Borland designed and implemented the new wheel, while Thames 21’s Love the Lea has provided facilities, advice and further support. The wheel’s low-cost open source design will soon be viewable on the Active Energy web site so that others can take up the idea.
House Mill, Three Mill Lane, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3DU
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Nearest tube: Bromley by Bow
Loraine Leeson will be running a new MA in Art and Social Practice commencing September 2017
The course builds on the UK’s significant history of community-based and socially engaged art initiatives addressing social and environmental issues. Students take their creative practice beyond the institution to build on their own interests, networks and communities, grounding this in critical understanding and theory. Loraine Leeson will lead the course, drawing on her longstanding experience in cultural activism and community collaborations. Additional input will be made by artists, writers, designers and cultural entrepreneurs active in the field of socially engaged practice in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.
The course offers:
• Experienced practitioner-led teaching combined with the rigour of an academic environment renowned for its cultural studies.
• Off-site project work based on own interest, contacts and communities.
• A supportive environment for developing collaborative, peer and professional networks.
• Active research context with specialism in socially engaged practice.
• A wider university context to support interdisciplinary working.
• State of the art facilities, studios and workshops with contemporary and traditional equipment, archives and digital tools including software labs, 3D printing and media studios.
• A programme of visits, trips and seminars to experience and debate London’s thriving scene of social engagement, cultural activism and arts-led urban regeneration.
• Opportunity to share critical debate and research across a cluster of masters programmes.
Active Energy has received the Best Arts and Green Energy award from Regen SW. The awards were announced at an event at the Bath Assembly Rooms on 29th November 2016. This is the 13th annual awards ceremony to honour innovation in the development of green energy and the first to recognise the arts as a key player in this process.