Exhibition

Hyson Green Workshops: Citizen Design Action

23 Jan 2016 – 20 Mar 2016

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The New Art Exchange

Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, explores a fascinating citizen-led project that emerged in NAE's local neighbourhood in the 1970s; The Hyson Green Workshop Units.

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In this exhibition, designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, explores a fascinating citizen-led project that emerged in NAE's local neighbourhood in the 1970s; The Hyson Green Workshop Units. The Hyson Green Flats were a residential tower block that stood on the site behind NAE where ASDA is now located. Faced with ill-considered planning and architectural flaws of mass social housing, the active citizens of the flats, spearheaded by the Hyson Green Tenants Association, reacted by devising alternative modes of co-designing their own environment. Together, the group fought to transform the disused and problematic garages, situated underneath the flats, into spaces for cultural expression, community activity and economic growth. Bringing together new and existing archival materials, oral histories and artefacts, the exhibition will present a comprehensive overview of this movement. In addition, the gallery will transform into a creative space through hosting a programme of community-led workshops and we host a panel discussion to explore the social role of citizen design activism and maker spaces today.

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