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Contents Workshop24 Introduction page 4 Before / After page 6 South Kilburn Introduction page 9 Jonathan Nyati page 14 Eric Cunliffe page 18 Lloyd Davis page 20 Ian Jackson page 22 The Tabot Centre page 24 Kenn Goodall page 26 Fozia Khaliq page 30 Peel Precinct Signs page 33 Karen Palmer page 34 Linda Charles page 38 Stuart McTurk page 40 OK Club page 42 Aoife Mannix page 44 Dan Thompson page 48 Simon Mole page 52 Baces Carlton Centre page 56 Niall O’Sullivan page 58 Dennis Woolcock page 62 Rebecca Foster page 64 A Nice Cuppa Tea page 66 The Caravan Gallery page 68 GIrl With A Spade page 70 Peel Precinct Found Graphics page 72 TM & HL page 74 South Kilburn Studios page 75 Workshop24 Discography page 78

March 2011

ISBN 9780955859427




Workshop 24 Based in a shop which had been empty for nearly a year, Workshop 24 was a place for South Kilburn people, open from November 2010 - March 2011. Run by the Empty Shops Network, and managed by artist and writer Dan Thompson, it was home to poetry and parkour, guerilla gardening and urban exploration, patchwork and photography – all powered by endless cups of tea. Some of the people that used the space are photographed and interviewed in this book, but it really is just some: a snapshot of about one hundred and twenty days at Workshop 24. A floating band of artists, creatives, writers, makers and thinkers made Workshop 24 their temporary home. Some were local, some passing through, some, inspired by Workshop 24 itself, had come to spend time in a bit of London they’d never seen. And they all made sure that Workshop 24 was a place to have a go at things you’d never tried, find out about things you never knew, explore corners of South Kilburn you’d never seen and make friends with people you’d never met. Workshop 24 uncovered lost rivers and abandoned allotments, unlocked creativity and culture and unwrapped South Kilburn’s stories and histories. Over four months, the shop became part of the local landscape, and part of the rhythm of life in Peel Precinct. A quiet morning, the bustle of hometime, calm in early evening; Workshop 24 was there for people to stop, meet, catch up. Workshop 24 may have gone, but fired by fifty languages, a dozen different cultures, seven thousand people and a hundred histories, what’s Made In South Kilburn remains. 





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Acknowledgements Made in South Kilburn and Workshop 24 were commissioned by South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust and the London Borough of Brent as part of South Kilburn’s public art programme 2010-2011, funded by New Deal for Communities. The Empty Shops Network would like to thank: Tracey, Edward & Eliza Thompson, Sarah Butler and all at SKNT, Steve Rowland at Made Lab, Fozia Khaliq at Appropriately Appropriated, Graham Holden at Open Sussex, James Fryer at Invocrown, GD Copy, Caught By The River, Ed Fordham, Geoffrey Fletcher, The Mighty Terror, the number 33, Chello Zone, South Kilburn’s friendly residents and everyone who used Workshop 24 to make and do stuff. workshop24.tumblr.com artistsandmakers.com/emptyshops Concept & Design by MadeLab Studios Art Direction & Design - Steve Rowland Photography - Dan Thompson, Steve Rowland, Bianca Donnelly Copyright Madelab 2011 www.madelab.co.uk



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Introduction to Made in South Kilburn Too often the arts are regarded as elitist and unimportant; a luxury that is the first to be cut when funding gets tight. And yet, since the beginning of history, humans have looked to the arts – music, poetry, performance, visual arts – to express our dreams and our fears, and, crucially, to communicate and connect with each other. South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust and the London Borough of Brent established the South Kilburn public art programme because they recognised the potential for art and creativity to play a vital role in the regeneration of South Kilburn. The programme has been designed with a belief in the power of art to inspire and connect, and an understanding that regeneration needs to build the skills, confidence and aspirations of local people as well as improve the physical environment. Each project has aimed to work with, and listen to, people who live and work in the area. It has been a real pleasure to watch stories unfold, friendships form, and new work come to fruition.

Made in South Kilburn was developed through our ‘empty shop’ project; Workshop 24 has been a focus for the wealth of activity happening across the programme, offering a new, neutral space for people to come together to explore and be inspired by South Kilburn and each other. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the artists who have worked on the programme, to the hundreds of local people who have got involved, and to South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust and the London Borough of Brent for their ongoing commitment to embedding arts and creativity into the ongoing regeneration of South Kilburn. Sarah Butler (South Kilburn Creative Co-ordinator) March 2011




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Jonathan Nyati DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

Passionate, tall, Artist.

BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

Diverse, and you have a sense of freedom, knowledge that no one will trouble you or get in your business.

Best thing in my opinion is that the area can seem empty at times and quiet, and it’s lovely walking through because you can take in everything around uninterrupted. It gives me a sense of freedom and ownership and belonging. The worst is the blocks, the people deserve better. I’ve lived in them for nearly 7 years and you can feel trapped sometimes living in them.

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

Spirited Kindness from people.

Tomorrow is always another day.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

You learn from everyone, not just your parents.

Sleeping In.

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

Yes, most definitely.

Work.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Fearlessness.

Chilling after having accomplished some work task.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

People, Music, my surrounding. BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

Overleaf: Stills from the film ‘List to my thoughts’.

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Eric Cunliffe DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

A great guy.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

New buildings. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

The community.

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Drinking. WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Happiness.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

Nothing. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

From Council advisors.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Red. WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

No.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Sitting in Queens Park BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

Easy routes around London. Lack of Social events for elderly. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Good day.

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Chairman of South Kilburn Pensioner Group Chairman of Granville New Homes Chairman of Crafties Project Volunteer Elders Voice Member of Older Peoples Consortium


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Lloyd Davis DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Human-scale social storyteller.

Currently: “delightful”

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

People who connect as people. Organising without organisations.

There are reasons not to be cheerful? WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

Gossip, going places I shouldn’t

Potential. WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Ridiculous and pointless worry

People who don’t know each other already (but should) making that first connection.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Deep deep bottle green WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Too many to choose from, anyone from Hand Made (ed. Tessy Britton) BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

Be prepared to be wrong even when you’re right.

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DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Coffee, conversation, connections, novelty


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Ian Jackson WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

What inspires me is hard work, commitment & dedication.

I think its reaction. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Hmm still working on that one!

Most things, like good music. WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES? WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Cashew nuts.

Most hard working, creative & courageous people. WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

Sometimes noise from the pub across the road.

Keep the faith. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

Blue sometimes.

The good things about the area is that are some who trying to make a difference, the worst things is those that fail to appreciate it.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

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What would make my perfect day is me getting a job because i’m unemployed at the moment!


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The Tabot Centre gives children somewhere to go after school and during the holidays; somewhere packed full of things to make and do, help with homework, healthy snacks, and great friendships. A friendly space providing an important activity in an intelligent way.

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Tabot Centre 151 Granville Road, Kilburn, London NW6 5AR www.tabot-centre.co.uk


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Kenn Goodall DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

Tall. Northern. Artist.

Drawing and painting. Running out of hard drive space. Details. Self promotion. Invoices.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Big question. Condensed version: Everything.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

At the moment, blue(s): cerulean & phthalocyanine. BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

The mixture of people and architecture. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

‘Never trust a man whose eyebrows meet, for in his heart you’ll find deceit’ from my Nan. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Get up about 8am, poached eggs (3), coffee and Radio 4. Then 3 hours of making pictures with more coffee and good music. Gallery in afternoon with friends & girlfriend, then retire to decent pub for beers and chit-chat. Optional film in evening, depending on length of pub stay.

Fully functioning body, faculties (mostly) intact. WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET? WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Bad TV and the Daily Mail website.

Overleaf: Peel Precinct Illustration.

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The river!


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Fozia Khaliq DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Enthusiastic, happy and messy.

As a living person, Ken Loach. He is my most respected film directors and a person I really look up to.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

People and human nature. Having the opportunity to work closely with people that I would not ordinarily have had the chance to and making new relationships and friendships. Hearing about their experiences, memories and perspectives on the world that we share feeds my own being as well as practice.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

From a stranger: “people won’t see you as you want them to” WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Innit.

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

The real mix of cultures in South Kilburn has to be one of my favorite things.

You are your own person. WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Small things like, overhearing or over seeing something I would ordinarily not. Like two old friends making a joke or listening to my ipod and noticing traffic move in sync with the music.

Overleaf: Patchwork detail.

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Fish and Chips- the fish and chip shop is a dying breed in London so I do treat myself whenever I get the chance. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

I am not sure if I have one, but for arguements sake, I like Black to wear and for material things and Green as a colour to be around.


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Karen Palmer DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

Passionate. Driven. Creative.

Nope! But South Kilburn is moulding me for further success!

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

If it stimulates my mind it’s captured my interest.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

The potential.

I am alive. Training doing Parkour. Healthy. I have my loved one’s around me and am on the path of my destiny....Is that enough.

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Sunshine and training doing Parkour. Someone taking an interest in my work. A brainwave. An opportunity fulfilled. Making that move.

I love Hummingbird red velvet fairy cakes hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

Connecting the dots of my interactive parkour video projects.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

My Father. He is a brilliant entrepreneur! A business and community Trailblazer. Mr P I salute you.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Green. It’s fresh and the color of life. WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET.

The parkour spots where we train, and they are good spots. Overleaf: Evolve 0.1 Workshop images.

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Linda Charles DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

Unique, Generous and Humerous.

Not quite - possibly moulded.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

Heavenly Father and my faith.

Being healthy and in good shape.

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

When the post comes through the door and its not a bill!

A good novel. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

Green.

Be positive - keep doing what your doing. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

Having quality time to myself.

Best - central location and the availability of the user services. Worst - the segregation amongst those of a different culture/race.

WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET?

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Stuart McTurk DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Patient. Reflective. Caring

Nope. I grew up in the West Midlands, in a city called Wolverhampton. I’ve lived in S.K for just over 5 years now.

A shout out to beautiful Fiancee, Linda Li- for really growing and blossoming in our long distance relationship, and for her commitment regardless of all the situations and complexitys we face. It has been such a rewarding journey so far... and still is!

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

The diversity, there is always an interesting story to be heard from someone.

I can’t think of anything straight off, but I know I’d say to those in relationships as advice “Grow the friendship first before jumping to fast in a relationship, and be honest with your partner out of respect for them- even if it causes some pain. Those who love you through thick and thin- wow- you have something special.

ARE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

My nickname! “STRAWBERRY HEAD”, as I have quite a prominant chin and used to have spikey hair. It’s very fitting, I don’t find it iritating one bit- a sign of affection- lol!

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OK Club At the OK Club we are fortunate to have a constant stream of residents at our hostel who come to volunteer with us for at least 2 sessions a week. The come from all over the world - Christians from for example Cameroon, China, Columbia, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Korea, New Zealand, Romania, Tanzania, Uganda and the USA as well as the UK - including students from Oxford University like those who founded the Club 50 years ago. Whether staying for 3 months or 5 years or more the resident volunteers each live and work as full participants in the local community. It is clear from subsequent emails their experiences show they can genuinely be said to be ‘Made in SK’. This is even more true of those who work full time for the Club like myself. It is a privilege to be able to offer great facilities to the young people of SK and meet their needs by drawing them together into a Club, and to provide a venue for others doing similar things - such as Talented Artists, Positive Slogans, Oasis Parents & Toddlers, Somali Affairs Group, Evolution Football, Kilburn Tae Kwon Do, Laway Filipino Dance, Alpha Learning, Wado Ryu Karate, Seeds of Hope and churches such as True Vine and Lighthouse Chapel. We have a wide variety of activities 42

for different groups of children and young people every day even when finance is scarce. We offer one to one advice, and work alongside parents including some who are former Club members. Sometimes we have reunions for members from previous decades. So we are very busy ‘living life to the full’ as it says in our strapline - by which we mean that we try to get the best from all that life has to offer - now and always - and we are conscious of its potentially eternal significance and that every moment - and person - is infinitely precious and worth our time, respect and love. The Management of the OK Club, including some former Oxford students who have been resident volunteers at Club down the years, are motivated by their faith that God loves us all, and is willing to experience alongside us the worst of what we have to go through ourselves - as He demonstrated when Jesus was humiliated, tortured and crucified through his Love for us - including all of us who have been ‘Made in SK’ - and that now we can all share in his victory over the forces of death and destruction. So come and join us! Just press the buzzer on the side door, and see how we can help. Keith Lunn Director: Oxford Kilburn Youth Trust


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Aoife Mannix Multitude South Kilburn is flowers from Kosovo unfurling peace and kindness even though the night holds midnight whistlers calling each other like sorrowful, solitary magpies. These strange birds she never saw back in Somalia though the cafĂŠs smell like home. Eritrean excellence. She dreams in the language of tigers. One night in Bangkok, a longing for Moroccan mystery, the patient Persian whispering of hopeful children mixing Urdu, Tigrinya, Arabic, Portuguese, Farsi, Punjabi. Their rich green vowels tiny seeds planted in nostalgic cement that spells out the low humming traffic song of a better future. 44


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“South Kilburn is...” by class 5s at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School South Kilburn is the pink Lamborghini in the Asda car park. South Kilburn is tall houses with black and white bricks. South Kilburn is summer water fights. South Kilburn is the hot blazing sun; me and my cool, sporty friends play in the park with our bikes. South Kilburn is the smell of chips. South Kilburn is traffic lights – red, green, and orange. South Kilburn is beeping car horns and barking dogs. South Kilburn is swimming in the deep blue pool in the sun at my cousin’s house. South Kilburn is the smell of red roses across the park. South Kilburn is my mum helping me with my homework. South Kilburn is rented flats, cars and graffiti. South Kilburn is a huge slush puppy that I slurp after school. South Kilburn is the day we played volleyball with a large football in the park.

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South Kilburn is the spicy, peppery smell of jerk chicken. South Kilburn is red paint lined on the street. South Kilburn is people joyful from going to church. South Kilburn is football in the springtime; me and my friends on a big green pitch. South Kilburn is steamed up windows on the school bus. South Kilburn is a bloody nose. South Kilburn is grey pavement. South Kilburn is people who are happy. People who are tired. People who are bored. South Kilburn is the big swimming pool with kids splashing in the clear water. South Kilburn is the smell of smoking black gas coming out from my black car. South Kilburn is my tall, young tutor sitting with me; my books scattered around the place. South Kilburn is a day in the park with my friends and the sun is shining really bright.


Dear customer, the first sauce is free, after that it’s 15p. I read the sign and tell him being Irish I like my tea strong. He informs me not as strong as the Turkish where they put the kettle on top of the heater for at least ten minutes. Tea that is good and strong and black and if you ask for milk they look at you like you’ve something missing in your head. The man in the rasta hat instructs, ‘Don’t burn my onions, I like them golden, not black.’ Then asks, ‘what was the God of the Ottomans called?’ The man behind the counter stirs the onions with a calm understanding of history. ‘God is the same, Allah. There was the crusades, you know before the First World War, the British came to Istanbul. We stopped them but then they got tricky and go inside. Still same God, same God as you.’ He scoops and swirls his spatula with spiritual sophistication as the pan sizzles. The older lady with the crutch says, ‘long as it taste good, no worry about cholesterol.’ He advises her to watch out for sugar, stick to Caribbean goodness. She replies, ‘my mother was in a diabetic coma, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.’ He sighs, ‘my Mum went at fifty two. She say she ready to go now, she live long enough. Suppose the good Lord probably come take us soon.’ The man with Africa printed on his jeans tells how his neighbour, just on the corner there, won two thousand pound on the machines but then she tried to double it and lost the lot. His friend nods wisely, ‘You need to know when to enjoy yourself, get out there with what you got. Not be looking for more.’ For the price of a cup of tea, I have learned of history, philosophy, religion, good health and tragedy. The man says thank you, his onions are perfect, just how he likes them, and isn’t it great how the sauce is free. By Aoife Mannix 47


Dan Thompson DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

Short and sweet. (Suggested by @veronicapullen on Twitter) WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

‘Don’t talk about it man, all you gotta do is do it’ - not given to me directy, but from a Pink Fairies song. Encapsulates all the best advice I’ve ever been given though.

People who don’t realise how great the place they live actually is. South Kilburn and Coventry are two good examples.

BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

The best is the untapped potential; the worst doesn’t really exist, but is all reputation.

The people that want to have control over their own community.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Stuff. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

My grandparents, who belonged to a generation for which family, community and austerity weren’t something clever to be achieved, but were what you did. Incidentally, my nan, still alive and high-kicking, was a dancing girl who learnt under Phyllis Bedells in Quex Road, Kilburn.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy. Being in my nuddy. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Yellow, at the moment. WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET?

The River Kilbourne which flows under it. Overleaf: River Kilbourne day.

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Simon Mole DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Words, music, smiles.

Sunrise

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Young people taking creative risks to express themselves in new and different ways...

Flapjacks. Not even nice home-made ones either. the stodgy bricks you get at every good newsagents.

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

The people.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

Ideas. WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Summer afternoons in queens park - beers, banter and chaotic pitch and putt.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

People who say what they feel, but think about how the way they say it will affect others

Get up in my own time. Make breakfast with my girlfriend. Cycle through London. Meet with friends to share ideas and new poems. Then meet my girlfriend and other mates later either for a meal or a night at the pub...

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

Nah man, I was born in Brighton but Kilburn is starting to feel more like home since this project.

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Home is... Home is a comfy bed and breakfast near the seaside Home is a man painting the scenery Home is a quiet yellow beach at low tide Home is a vanilla ice cream to me Home is a purple flower that’s bright Home is a calm and cloudless blue sky Home is in a book when I’m not alone I’m reading a book and I’m sure that I’m home By Jade Khan, aged 10 (Kilburn Park Primary School)

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Nathaniel’s Cafe Speeding children, powered by laughter Chase each others’ smiles Around tables laid with crayons, lego bricks, and connect four Nathaniel moves slowly Through the sunshine of mellow reggae basslines Oblivious to a bellowed request for snack time orders to be placed He ignores three loud friends Gathered round a chess board, debating Exactly how a prawn moves when it kills a horse And instead, walks with soft eyes sharply focused On the tiny bright green plastic tea pot Which, now, so precisely cradled in his hands Is utterly deserving Of the care one would afford To the last dying light of humankind. He sits down on the little blue plastic chair next to mine And spilling not a drop Pours me an empty pink beaker of what he tells me is hot chocolate Grinning, legs swinging, far from the floor Nathaniel says he runs a cafe right here every day except Saturday and Sunday But if I take his business card (a faded playing card containing questions for ‘trivial pursuit junior’) Then I can make an order at the weekend too I can’t help but laugh

And as I am treated like a guest of honour Whilst regular customers wait Or are berated for not playing today Or are served by his friend Who is definitely not the head chef but a helper That laugh folds inside me Spreading outwards from my gut As I dictate preferences for dessert, and list my weekly shop And so when Nathaniel’s done And passes me a see through carry case full of plastic food I hold it proudly on my lap His huge eyes making it impossible not to believe That this tiny square of yellow and white strawberry cake Which his dancing hand has just extravagantly garnished With imaginary chilli Will taste as right and as true As the future should be.

Copyright Simon Mole, 2011. Thanks to Angela, her staff, and all the kids at the after-school club at The Tabot Centre for making me feel so welcome, and for bringing their creativity and enthusiasm to the workshops they were a part of...

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THE BACES CARLTON CENTRE IS A PLACE TO LEARN A WHOLE A-Z OF NEW SKILLS. THE BUILDING IS PACKED WITH RESOURCES LIKE POTTERY ROOMS AND COMPUTER SUITES, ALWAYS FULL OF LIFE AND TOPPED OFF WITH AN ICONIC CONICAL TOWER.


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Niall O’Sullivan DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

Omnivorous bipedal mammal. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My parents are part of the Ireland-London diaspora, so there’s a very good chance of that being the case.

People, especially the ones who say “There’s nothing interesting about my life...”

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Hominid WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

My wife, she’s a constant source of entertainment, from satire to slapstick. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Anyone who had a big idea and had to fight to get it heard.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

If the history of time within the universe is equivalent to a bath that’s been filled with boiling water and will soon go cold for eternity, you’re the one that came along when it was just right. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Wrestling and Deal or no Deal.

Early Autumn, out for a run, get home to watch West Ham thrash Man Utd.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Always carry a spoon in case it rains soup.

Good of you to ask, you won’t believe this, but hidden near Carlton Vale is the most amazing.... ouch...what was that?....tranquilizeeeerrrrr.... daaaaarrrrrt..... (slump)...

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

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Forward Move This is a forward move It is strictly in the groove So go with the flow Don’t you know Don’t do like you’re dead Show them you are dread!!! Julian Joseph 60


HELGA She sees all of London from her vantage point, the estate vanishes as the floors ascend, the concrete gives way to patched green, the genteel brickwork of Hampstead and further east the future rises, glass fronted, glints and gleams. A leafy tendril slowly creeps up the side of the vase she holds an even lick of glaze applied with a steady hand, as she tells me of Vienna the primness of shop assistants and clocks set by collective infants’ bedtimes. She likes how relaxed it is here— how she is free to finger through a billowing rail of M&S dresses. It’s dangerous at the moment though, (the muggers waited by her flat to make an easy strike for cash and goods) I was a strong woman, he couldn’t get me down, though he kept punching, punching… You will not see her at nightfall – as the sun begins its final plunge she rises, storey by storey, ‘til the estate is far beneath her and London stretches out as wide as a woman’s gaze, the tendrils of her vision wrap around it as a billion street lights bloom. Niall O’Sullivan written from discussions with Helga Lamba, a South Kilburn resident.

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Dennis Woolcock DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

Funny, tall and dark.

Good health.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

My Mum.

Cake.

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

Location.

The trains.

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

The NDC.

Black.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Never give up.

Warm, dry and sunny.

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

Yes. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Tea.

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Describe yourself in three words Artist, Dreamer, Schemer Who or what inspires you? Beauty and destruction inspire me Best thing about South Kilburn? The people Best piece of advice you received? All things pass Reasons to be cheerful? Being alive Rebecca Foster 64


Shutter Illustration - Rebecca Foster January 2011

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A Nice Cuppa Tea - Peel Precinct 26th March 2011. Organised by Kula Club

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The Caravan Gallery DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

Cheeky, curious, enthusiastic.

Every day holds new photo opportunities and unexpected delights.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Everyday life; absurdity, random or otherwise.

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Studying psychogeography in bed. WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Maverick individuals doing things in their own special way.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

People who find inventive ways of dealing with ridiculous rules and regulations, and people who smile and stay positive against all odds.

Brutalist grey concrete against a shockingly blue sky is good.

Too many ideas / mending wayward computers.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

‘There are no problems, only solutions’.

A warm sunny one exploring somewhere new with a camera.

WERE YOU MADE IN SOUTH KILBURN?

WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET?

No, but made up to be spending a day or two there though!

The Tin Church.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

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Girl with a Spade DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE WORD?

Maverick, Speedy, Self Deprecating

Fabulous

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL?

Anything and everything: people, plants, music, food: the ideas never stop coming.

If you’ve got a sense of perspective you’re laughing...

BEST THING ABOUT SOUTH KILBURN?

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

The way people make an effort to look you in the eye and say hello. The life stories and kindness that I’ve encountered whilst working here.

Police dramas (bring back Juliet Bravo), slippers & dressing gowns... WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

My kids, a nice cup of tea and conversation, horticulture, film, music, sunshine, silliness and the Mighty Boosh. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

My best friend and my brother (for fighting for their lives for as long as they could).

Very little, I’m on the go constantly, so I sleep like a log. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

Sowing, planting, doing, cooking, eating, drinking, speaking, laughing, reading, running, listening, looking, sleeping. WHAT IS SOUTH KILBURN’S BEST KEPT SECRET

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

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The abandoned allotment.


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TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-LOU UNPLUGGED 25TH JANUARY 2011

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South Kilburn Studios

The Architecture Foundation, South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust, Brent Council and Practice Architecture worked together to transform a disused space on Canterbury Road near the Peel Precinct into a series of studio spaces. There was an open call for tenants from the creative industries who all pledged to pass on their trade to a local young person in return for free rent over a six month period.

The traineeships run from May - September 2011 allowing those involved to build up a strong portfolio of work and broaden their skill set in order to help them in the search for future employment. South Kilburn Studios will also run a whole host of public events, from workshops, exhibitions and open studios.

www.southkilburnstudios.org

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South Kilburn Speaks - poetry workshops & writers-in-residence Made In South Kilburn Evolve 0.1 parkour & film-making project Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou Tin Tabernacle Tour acoustic set Afternoon Tea & Patchworking with Fozia BACES Taster Stained Glass BACES Taster Recycling jewellery BACES Taster Drawing/ painting BACES Taster Knitting/ crochet BACES Demonstration Flower Arranging BACES Taster Watercolour BACES Taster Feltmaking 78


Brent Art Therapy Project Social Media Week Social Media Surgery World Book Night South Kilburn Speaks - Live Poetry Girl With A Spade A-Z Alphabet Afternoon Brent Bounce The Architecture Foundation: portacabin project open day Precinct: Chelsea students exhibition A Nice Cuppa T with Kula Club The Caravan Gallery River Kilbourne Day Made In South Kilburn Day 79


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Made in South Kilburn  

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