During 2016, I was invited by Middlesex University to be part of a residency along with two other artists, Ina Norrman and Sarah Higgins. During our time there we set up Collective Exchange, a collective interested in exploring social, historical and site-specific narratives through the process of making.
We had the good fortune to visit a semi-derelict grade II listed Georgian building situated on Tottenham’s High Road which is owned by Tottenham Hotspur FC and were offered space in the house to use for a project/exhibition.
Researching into the local history and its heritage crafts, we discovered there used to be two large potteries based on White Hart Lane.
Using clay dug up from the building site of the new football stadium, we made our own workable clay and devised a series of community workshops which were held at the house. These were a way of exploring the benefits of making whilst sharing stories and memories of the local area with participants, culminating in an exhibition held on site which was later moved over the Bruce Castle Museum not far from the High Road.
For more information on this project and future Collective Exchange collaborations, please visit http://www.collectiveexchange.org