In early 2018, we ran a series of creative workshops for our Employment Academy graduates. The workshops were run in collaboration with Accumulate, a charity supporting people who are experiencing homelessness, which uses creativity as a tool of empowerment and positive wellbeing. Together with a few members of our team and members of the club, we sat around a large table, expressing our stories and experiences through the act of making and in doing so, formed a creative community of our own and the art for this exhibition.
The completed raw creative content produced by the group was then given to 80 2nd year graphic design students from Ravensbourne University, who were set a college brief to use the content to produce a series of magazine spreads. Three students were selected to develop the final artwork for the DECAY 3 zine, which was published in June 2018.
The DECAY 3 zine artwork has been further developed and adapted further to create this exhibition at The House of St Barnabas – a visual environment that raises awareness, showcases and celebrates the creativity of people who may have been marginalised by society but whose voices deserve to be heard and appreciated.
Thank you to the Accumulate HoSB Zine Workshop participants for their creativity: Brian Beaton, Rosemary Brown, Harvey Case, Mercy Fowler, Meera Joshi, Tracy Glynn, Jig Maidment, Yuan Médula, Tony Mitsinga, Jeannette Roman, John Smallshaw, Tony Smith, Maddy Syed, Nisha Zala.
Thank you also to the following organisations and people for helping make The DECAY 3 Exhibition and zine happen: Ravensbourne University London, Youth Club Archive, Creative Conscious, L & Co Design Company, L&S Printing, Joseph Oastler, Kelvin Ha, Madeline Prasetyo, Becky Ford, Patrick Fry, Medeea Lascar.