Women of the Wick - artist Sara Kärpänen takes over the eco-pod in Grow Studios

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Sara Kärpänen is the latest artist to take over the eco-pod in Grow Studios and this month she launches the Women of the Wick project where shes invites local artists to talk about their creative work, the highs and lows of being an artist and everything from sex to social media, mental health, and the future of the artistry scene in London.

The project aims to create a safe and supportive environment to help others in their creative paths—and to celebrate and give a voice to the talented group of diverse women in the area. If you would like to get involved, please contact Sara at sara.karpanen@gmail.com

Sara will also be part of the open studios on Saturday 8th December 11-5pm and the project will culminate in an event including a panel discussion and a night of live music, screenings and poetry readings.

The podcast series will be streamed through Wick Radio and you can keep up to date on Women of the Wick blog.

Photo Credits: Hunter Sloan Photography

FURTHER INFO

Sara Kärpänen is a Finnish-born poet, artist and writer living and working in East London. Through her art, she explores narratives that focus on sexuality, feelings of solitude and the connections we crave and create with each other as citizens. @sarakarpanen

Studio Bark's ‘U-Build’ eco-pod is designed to make the process of building more accessible and affordable, using a modular system suitable for the circular economy, where all parts are fully adaptable, ecological and recyclable with potential to create your own furniture, buildings, community + offer solutions where people build and inhabit a space of their own.

Grow, Hackney exists for music, art, food, conversation, community and a space where everyone is welcome. Run as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business, Grow works in partnership with local artists, musicians and community groups, while asking: Is it possible to be a financially sustainable enterprise while:

  • Using eco-electricty; eco cleaning and recycled products

  • Sourcing locally and sustainably wherever possible

  • Working in partnership with independent and ethical enterprises wherever possible

  • Using organic and fairtrade wherever possible.

  • Offering free entry events wherever possible to share music, art and community workshops

THE LAB take over the GROW's Eco Pod with music, art and a community radio show...

We've joined forces with Studio Bark to launch the 'Grow Eco Pod', located by Grow in Main Yard.   The design principles of this low-impact 'U-Build' pod came out of Studio Bark's desire to make construction truly affordable and self-built, opening up the prospect of self-led construction to a greater proportion of the general public.  The structure incorporates a long pop-up hatch window (powered by reclaimed car-boot pistons), a modular (locally sourced) Douglas Fir skin, and modular green roof.

The 'Grow Pod' started life as a Garden Room for an East London community centre and following its most recent move to part of Grow's eco-system, it is being adopted by a number of different residents to use as their creative home to test out new practices and projects.

Current residents artists and musicians Pete Bennett & Joel Smith who have just begun a two month residency as THE LAB. They will be working on individual and collaborative projects with local musicians, artists and the community at large. These include recorded music, both live and electronic. A ten-part community radio show/sound archive of the area is being recorded and compiled, to be aired weekly on local station  Wick Radio, in conjunction with locally based social enterprise Inner World Arts CIC and part funded by the Near Neighbours Grant from The Centre For Theology & Community. 

Joel Smith will be working on his own musical compositions and written pieces; Pete Bennett his series of paintings, drawings, sculptures, music and writings. Poignantly, The LAB’s work and research over the following weeks, will be backdropped by the changes in land use; demolition; development; gentrification and subsequent community displacement in the Hackney Wick area. A situation both artists have found themselves on the sharp edge of, for some years.  Keep up to date on the LAB on their blog.

THE LAB invite you inside to hear more about what they're up to and if you want to, record your views in a form a VOX POP (which is taken from the Latin phrase 'Vox populi' that literally means "voice of the people") and suggest a song to add to their show.

After you've been to the LAB, it's then time for free live jazz at Grow!  Join the Rio Quartet plus special guests for this intimate weekly jazz jam with DJ Jazzintime spinning vinyl in between live sets. 

www.studiobark.co.uk
Studio Bark is a Hackney Wick based pioneering architectural practice that delivers inspiring, yet cost-conscious environmental architecture with a hands-on approach to research, design and fabrication. Studio Bark have been developing their low-impact U-Build system for the past two years alongside engineering firm ‘Structure Workshop’ and CNC workshop ‘Cut and Construct’. Using modern CNC cutting technology means pieces can be accurately pre-cut to size and assembled using basic tools and with minimal construction experience..

About Grow Hackney
We are an independently run space and an experiment in ethical business, which includes working with local artists, musicians on collaborative projects to host free events where everyone is welcome. We pay London Living Wage and partner with community projects to share and nurture local talent. Grow has no investment and is built by local Hackney Wickers and relys on the sharing economy of the area. Profits go back into the community.