Community & Consultation

Since 2009 Stour Space has been involved in a vast number of consultation initiatives, and has worked alongside many local businesses and residents in the Olympic Boroughs and internationally  – undertaking research, mapping and report writing.  The team behind Stour Space also contribute to several national and international exchanges regarding sustainable business and social dynamics.

Recently registered as an Asset of Community Value under the Community Right to Bid Policy (Localism Act 2011), the Stour Space building has been listed as a valuable public venue – one of the first buildings in the UK with this registration . This policy sets out some key aims for the decentralisation of government, allowing scope for communities to have a say on what happens in the area they live in.

Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI) have experienced a significant amount of change over the past few years and it is fast becoming a desirable location for developers. It is certainly important for profitable business to thrive, but this should not be at the decline of communities within it that face no other choice. It is long-term accountability, responsibility, and social impact that Stour Space aims to take a deeper look at, starting with the local neighbourhood.

 

Examples of contributions to independent and public research / consultation
  1. Community Right to Bid Policy (Localism Act 2011)
  2. Legacy Now – Stour Space case study (SPACE)
  3. Canny Ash Cycle Tours – architects cycle tour visiting locations of urban development
  4. Picking up the Pieces – Stour Space case study and seminar (Wick Sessions #5)
  5. Pass it On – Stour Space case study (Open Air Art School)
  6. Wick Awards – Big Lottery funding consultation
  7. Made In Hackney Wick & Fish Island; an inventory of light industry, social enterprise and cultural production (muf architecture/art)
  8. British Council in Moscow – Stour Space case study (Cockpit Arts)
  9. Olympic Consultation events 2011/12 hosted at Stour Space venue.
  10. Fish Island Area Action Plan – contribution to neighbourhood research/planning
  11. We are Artists, how can we help – Consultation and proposals for temporary art works in HWFI (muf architecture/art with DfL)
  12. Working Landscapes – A Study of Fish Island: The Temporality of Practice Space Towards a Theory of the Live/Work Community on Fish Island
  13. The Art of Living – art in social education and empowering communities
  14. Examining the role and uses of art practices as a emancipatory tool for education and social empowerment
  15. Leaders Quest, Wick Sessions

Research

Stour Space have represented the views of the  artistic and residential population to the Local and Olympic Development Authorities during public consultation about the future regeneration of the area, and have contributed research to a London Development Agency funded project ‘ Made in Hackney Wick & Fish Island’. ‘Made In Hackney Wick & Fish Island’; an inventory of light industry, social enterprise and cultural production authored by muf architecture/art, documents the role played by small business and cultural sector enterprise to defining the character of the area. The full document can be downloaded Design for London Website.

Independent research studies have also included:

  1. ‘Working Landscapes – A Study of Fish Island’
  2. ‘The Temporality of Practice Space Towards a Theory of the Live/Work Community on Fish Island’
  3. ‘The Art of Living – art in social education and empowering communities.’
  4. ‘Examining the role and uses of art practices as a emancipatory tool for education and social empowerment’
Wick Sessions: Hackney Wick and the New Localism

Wick Sessions is a public forum for debate and exchange, with the aim of creating a shared body of local knowledge around issues of bottom up and sustainable developments. Stour Space delivered a case study looking at ways in which the local community can impact key decisions regarding the development, regeneration and conservation of the local area.

Leaders Quest: Gentrification, Regeneration and Creative Practice

A workshop that brought Leaders from the Business, Charity and Social Enterprise Sector in conversation with creative practitioners and businesses based at Stour Space.

Examples of organisations Stour Space has worked with: