East Bank SEEDED residency showcase opens this August

A new exhibition supported by the Foundation and City of London Corporation opens today in the newly opened UCL East Campus, featuring the four artists selected for the first East Bank artist residency. 

The East Bank SEEDED showcase brings together work created by artists-in-residence at East Bank, with UAL’s London College of Fashion and the UCL Urban Room on UCL’s new campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Four artists have been embedded for five months to allow them to investigate and develop their practice on themes around social practice, activism, collective memory, urbanisation and community engagement.

Audiences can expect to explore ideas of antifascist protest in east London with Mercedes Baptiste Halliday, unethical pay in the east London fashion industry from Toyin Gbomedo, sustainable styling in Eastern European fashion with Noemi Gune and Somali identity and poetry with Naajia Ahmed.

SEEDED is part of the East Bank Summer 2022 Programme.

Visiting information and programme

The exhibition runs from 1 – 19 August 2023.

Address: UCL Urban Room, UCL East Campus, One Pool Street

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Bookable events

The following events require a ticket to attend:

  • 1 August, 5-8pm: exhibition opening
  • 17 August 2023, 5-7pm: Artist Talks – the four SEEDED artists will be sharing their process, learning and next steps in this interactive discussion session.

Book on Eventbrite

About East Bank

East Bank is the UK’s newest Cultural Quarter at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; a brand-new destination for innovation, creativity and learning. Immerse yourself in world-class experiences from BBC, Sadler’s Wells, UAL’s London College of Fashion, University College London and the V&A.

The ambition of the project is recognised in the name – East Bank – which will complement London’s major cultural and education centres, such as the South Bank, the cluster of museums and academic institutions in South Kensington and the Knowledge Quarter around King’s Cross and Bloomsbury. East Bank is supported by the Mayor of London, and part funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Foundation for Future London is key stakeholder of the East Bank partnership, with a role to connect local communities to the new global centre for creativity, learning and innovation currently being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Our programme is supported by Westfield East Bank Creative Future Fund’s Founding Partner and Official Sponsor, Westfield Stratford City, and City of London.

About the Urban Room

Located in Stratford at the UCL East Campus, UCL Urban Room is an experimental exhibition space for students, researchers, artists, and community members. Based on the idea of an ‘urban room’ as a forum for community driven debate and dialogue, the UCL Urban Room brings together academic research and lived experiences of city residents to inspire meaningful education for our students and visitors. Users of the Urban Room are invited to join a dynamic network of practice focused on issues of global urbanism, heritage, arts, and social history.

The space is equipped with oral history recording and archiving capabilities through its initiative of a Memory Workshop. Together, UCL Urban Room and Memory Workshop are supported by The Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment and the School for Creative and Cultural Industries at UCL.

Find out more about SEEDED on the UCL East website

Art work caption: Tarot by Noemi Gunea

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