A collaboration between artist James Lander and architectural designer Stephane Chadwick, engages directly with the built environment and residential community at Thamesmead. Historical records, selected from Lander’s research at archives in Greater London, are brought into question when shown alongside findings from fieldwork. What is to be done when the lived experience of residents falls short of successive architects’ plans and aspirations?
James Lander – artist, researcher, teacher, London. James completed a PhD by-practice at the University of the Arts London in 2019. His thesis relocated the site of contest from the storeys of Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower, where he lived for four years before it was privatised, to the stories kept public in the archives. These include his unofficial archive, fragments of which were shown at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, as part of the London Festival of Architecture in 2018. The accompanying catalogue ‘Balfron Tower: Archiving Fragments’ and book ‘Walking Between Streets in the Sky’ published in 2017, convene a non-specialist community. His activism as a non-specialist advocates for and promotes public access to modern architecture.
Stephane Chadwick – Director Studio Bark, London. BArch(Hons) DipArch. Steph previously worked in London for an award winning practice gaining experience on a number of projects ranging from large mixed use developments to small, bespoke refurbishments. He also gained experience working on a number of small scale construction projects, and still enjoys getting his hands dirty during the Bark Live Build projects. In the Studio he is interested in finding new solutions to everyday problems, creating unique designs with a strong environmental focus. Steph has a passion for the craft and detail in architecture and is a strong advocate of designing through making. Steph studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and London Metropolitan University.
Thamesmead Texas is a nomadic artist run initiative based in Thamesmead, South-East London. Originally operating from a living room, the collective was set up to bring together the new community of Bow Arts Trust artists, who moved to Thamesmead in 2018. Anchored by an art bar, the group is led by the necessity to be social and organise public exhibitions and events.
James Lander, Stephane Chadwick
Bazalgette Way, London SE2 9AN, UK