Pop Up Pop Up presented a public production line and interactive performance over three days, 18 – 20 September, at Sugarhouse Studios in Stratford, East London.
Through the event, a team of dedicated pop-up apprentices made the first edition of ‘Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley a pop-up book charting an alternative moving history of the area of East London transformed to stage the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Over three days in September 2014 a team of ten apprentices came together to work on the theatrical and public production line staged in a former sign writers industrial unit. The space was open to the public to visit and coincided with the London wide Open House events. A programme of workshops and walks also took place on site bringing visitors to the site to finish their walk of the area with a tour of the production line.
“What an amazing book and incredible to see it being assembled!” Visitor to production line.
“This is a wonderful experience; to see all these people enjoying the act of creating this fabulous book and working with these lovely materials is a great inspiration.” Visitor to production line.
‘Although we were technically a production line producing the same book again and again, the journey that the team of pop-up apprentices and Hilary took together was fraught with experimentation and creativity.’ Kelvin Wong. Pop Up apprentice.
The project originated in my long-term work in and love of this changing area. Through an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL I developed the use of pop-up and other moveable book techniques as a way of examining and imagining a constantly changing urban landscape.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from UCL Institute of Making, UCL Public Engagement, UCL Graduate School, UCL Urban Laboratory and Newham Council.
A massive thankyou to the team. Alice and all at Assemble for hosting the production line at Sugarhouse Studios, Simon Goode and LCBA for training the apprentices, Nicky Petto as an amazing project manager, Valli Van Zijl and all of the walk leaders, apprentices and volunteers.
Apprentices: Kelvin Wong, Laura Dempsey, Nicholas Bieber, Sally Gray, Anna Freeman-Bentley, Elsa Hingley-Knight, Zoe Gilbert, Daniela Fabrizi, Emila McLaughlin, Zuzana Pincikova.
Volunteers: Mirabel Fawcett, Annie Nichols, Nina Vukadin, Takodo Haruka, Anja Borowicz, Tatian Woolrych.