Empathy HQ

Delivered by Enni-Kukka Tuomala

In 2020, we are supporting the “Empathy HQ” project by Enni-Kukka Toumala through our Connecting People and Places funding, co-funded by Foundation for Future London and City of London.

“Empathy HQ” is a collaborative project based in Tower Hamlets between Enni- Kukka Toumala, Poplar Harca and Bow Arts.

We awarded “Empathy HQ” project a grant as it meets many of Connecting People and Places’s themes and priorities including creative learning, participation, innovation, diversity, inclusive, accessibility, place-making, engagement, outreach, partnerships and well-being.

The project also focuses Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), a marginalised group of beneficiaries we want to reach.

About the project

Empathy HQ is the world’s first dedicated space for empathy, community and creativity. A collaboration between empathy artist and designer Enni-Kukka Tuomala and Bow Arts, supported by Poplar Harca, the project aims to use art, design and creativity to channel empathy as a powerful tool to bridge divides in the local communities around North Bromley and Bow.

Transforming a disused shop on Bromley High Street into a physical and digital hub for empathy, the Empathy HQ makes space for creative activities to find common ground, make new unexpected connections and have conversations to develop collective empathy to re-define our sense of community during COVID-19 and beyond.

The project will culminate in an exhibition of Tuomala’s work at Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery in spring/summer 2021.

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