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Close from Afar by Resolve Collective

NOW Gallery has invited interdisciplinary collective Resolve to explore themes of community and future cities as part of this years London Design Festival.

The resulting site-specific installation titled ‘Close from Afar’ located outside the gallery from 14th – 20th September will play host to a rich 3 part public programme of events and performances platforming grassroots creatives from the local area. Events will take place on 18th, 19th and 20th September and visitors will also have a last chance to explore ‘Slices of Time’, the first UK exhibition by architect Emmanuelle Moureaux.

‘Close From Afar’ is centred around exploring the relationship between one another as well as the materials that bind us. The public installation will consist of a series of sculptural elements constructed from waste material sourced from the ongoing Design District build. Resolve, supported by students from the University of Greenwich will create an assemblage of sitting and convening structures turning the function of ‘the interior’ inside out.

The public programme will feature performances, workshops, screenings and talks that challenge ideas of proximity and distance and how they shape local communities.  The titles of each daily theme will be taken from Ghanaian, Lithuanian and Nepalese proverbs, offering insight into the myriad of ways of using one’s senses to connect with wider histories, ideas and cultures.


18th Sept: Speaking in Proverbs

12:00pm – 3:00pm: Deep listening workshop with Marvellous Girls Club and Speak Out Woolwich

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Documenting Thamesmead: A Talk with Nina Manandhar

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Tomorrow’s Warriors live performance and short film screening



19th Sept: Be Without Eyes

An evening of film screenings examining cultural shifts and their impact on social issues.

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Resolve Collective Interview Tunde Ikoli

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Open Door: East End Channel One (1973) Prod. The Basement Film Project, Dir. Maggie Pinhorn

7:35pm – 8:15pm –
Tunde’s Film (1973) Prod. The Basement Film Project, Dir. Tunde Ikoli, Maggie Pinhorn

8:20pm – 8:25pm – Paul Sng introduces Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle

8:30pm – 9:55pm – Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017) Dir. Paul Sng



20th Sept: The Mouth That Eats

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Race, Health, Food – a food workshop

6:00pm – 7:10pm: Critical Snack with R-Urban and Cooking Sections

7:40pm – 8:40pm: The Critical Cooking Show with Sumitra Upham

Food provided by Carlotta Novella of Discursive Dinners will be available throughout the evening.


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