In St Giles Square, is the Wiggle Wonderland for London Festival of Architecture 2022.
The pavilion, which is activated by artists and communities, was first launched in 2021. Supported by Arts Council England and Brainchild Festival. The LFA 2022 instalment of Wiggle Wonderland and workshop programme is supported by Almacantar.
London Festival of Architecture brings together the public and the profession. In a month-long celebration of architecture and city-making. This year, the Festival’s theme of ‘Act’ invites the audience to reflect on how we should act. In the face of the climate emergency, social injustice, and the needs of a changing society. As well as how we can act for ourselves, each other, and our cities.
Wiggle Wonderland responds to a growing need for spaces that develop a sense of togetherness. The intention of its creators was to design an unconventional platform. For people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. To gather and express themselves creatively. From hosting live performances to workshops. The pavilion is a joyful celebration of the power of art to bring together communities.
A new touring pavilion has come to St Giles Square. Wiggle Wonderland will provide a place for children to explore their ideas. About future cities in a temporary pavilion on the public square. On the doorsteps of Centre Point as part of London Festival Architecture 2022.
The collaboration between architectural designer Beau McCarthy and artist Lucy Grainge. Hosted a series of free creative workshops over June until July the 10th. The timber-framed, open-air gallery can be adapted. To display the works of different communities in different locations. Works are hung from the pavilion’s modular beams. As well as the display will be refreshed by each new community or artist who hosts it.
The 57 posters within the installation were created during workshops. Run by Wiggle Wonderland at Honilands Primary School, Chestnut Grove Academy and Harris Girls’ Academy. Submissions also came from community arts groups. Including Blackhorse Responders, Rumpus Room and Protest Press, alongside an open call.
Funded by Almacantar and delivered by Camden Council. St Giles Square is designed to be a place for residents, families and workers. For them to meet and visit the rich cultural surrounding Central London has to offer. The square itself is flanked by the new Crossrail Station at Tottenham Court Road. Wiggle Wonderland marks the Festival’s debut in the area.
Kathrin Hersel, Executive Director at Almacantar said:
“Children are such a vital part of London’s future, and our culture and economy will be shaped by them. Wiggle Wonderland epitomises this year’sLFAtheme ‘Act’. By promoting freedom ofexpression and reminds us in a raw and brilliant way. What is important to the next generation. The imaginatively artworked thoughts of each child are to be enjoyed by people. That are returning to central London to shop, eat and work. As we revive our cities post-pandemic, it is more important than ever for us to show innovation, creativity, and resilience. Through design in our outdoor spaces thatwe can enjoy together.”
Rosa Rogina, Director of London Festival of Architecture said:
“We are thrilled to see Wiggle Wonderland come to life in St Giles Square for London Festival ofArchitecture 2022. With the generous support of Almacantar. The installation and supportingworkshops not only respond to this year’s theme of ‘Act’ but also reflect the core values of Festival. Community engagement, collaboration and co-creation, and celebration of our city and the people who make it.
“It has been fantastic to see such a diversity of young voices engage with the project. Tackling challenging questions around the future of our city and who it’s for through discussion and making.
By temporarily reshaping London’s public realm. We want to Festival to act as a vehicle for changeand new ideas to be tested. This project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved. When the industry and beyond come together to create something that excitesand engages the public.”
Wiggle Wonderland Founders Beau McCarthy and Lucy Grainge said:
“Responding to the LFA theme #act. We wanted to platform the voices of children and young people. To give them the space to creatively express their dreams and hopes for the future of their city and beyond. To a global audience. We felt it was such an incredible opportunity for their artwork to be shown. In such a prominent central London location in St Giles Square.
The idea was also grounded in looking at Article 12 of the UN Convention Rights of a Child – Participation Rights. Within the workshops we discussed that children have the right to be involved with decision making. That affects the future of their city, the right to express their voice and take an active role in society-ie. Talking to their MP’s, public protesting, taking part in workshops and debates etc. Children and young people will be inheriting our cities. So it’s vital they get to have asay on their future.
We wanted to create a vibrant, uplifting and hopeful space inside the Wiggle Wonderland. Which was both fun and encouraged reflection and conversation.Over the month we’ve hosted artists activating the space through interactive workshops. Such as Leap then Look’s Mile of String,Fandangoe Kid exploring space and identity, illustrator Matilda Ellis’ Drawing Playful Futuresworkshop, environmental collective A+E and more. Many of our workshop facilitators interpretedthe LFA theme. As the important ‘act of making, creating and the act of dreaming up new worlds,cities and futures’.
We want the Wiggle Wonderland pavilion to be a space where people and communities can come together. To experiment, collaborate, create and begin conversations.
It’s been brilliant to have the support from Almacantar. London Festival of Architecture andCamden Council to bring this instalment of Wiggle Wonderland to St Giles Square.”
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