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Lubaina Himid with her signature cut-out artworks, representing African slaves in 18th-century royal European courts. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian
12th May 2017

The GOOD List #17

There’s a (cautious) hint of optimism in the air this week with the defeat of France’s far-right candidate in the presidential election. From on-the-ground humanitarian efforts to shifting attitudes on ageism, here’s the rest of this week’s GOOD news.

Dorothy’s GOOD news:

On Sunday Dorothy dropped in on Matthew Raw’s brilliant Clad exhibition at East London’s Ragged School Museum. She was charmed by its off-the-beaten-path vibe, the kindness of its volunteers and its connections to local history: founded in 1877 by Thomas Barnardo, the school provided free education to tens of thousands of children. | Find out more.

As a bonus Dorothy took a stroll along the canal (it’s right on the Ragged School’s doorstep) to Victoria Park and around the lake – Sunday perfection!
Matthew Raw's 'Clad' exhibition, photograph by Marina Castagna
Sabine’s GOOD news:

This week, Sabine was moved by the grassroots activism of charity PAIH (Positive Action in Housing), described by founder Robina Qureshi as “Airbnb for refugees”. A feature in Monday’s Guardian described the empowering, community-building impact of its simple premise: “People with a spare room in their house are matched with a refugee or asylum seeker in need of somewhere to stay. And it’s a popular one: before 2015, Qureshi’s organisation, PAIH, used to provide about 600 nights of shelter a year to people with nowhere to go. In the 18 months since September 2015 this has risen to 29,000 nights.”

For Sabine, this special idea – taking your conscience into your own hands – really resonated. “If your government won't help, you can do something directly. Dreamy.” | More info here.

Katie’s GOOD news:

Katie was delighted to see that this year's Turner prize shortlist includes artists who wouldn't have previously been eligible due to upper-age restrictions.The Guardian had a closer look at this year's refreshing list and discussed why Lubiana Himid is looking like the favourite with her signature larger-than-life cut-outs celebrating challenges and creativity in black people’s lives. | Read the full article here.

Andrea B üttner’s Gesamtzusammenhang Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, 2017. Photograph: Gunnar Meier/Kunst Halle Sankt G/PA
Jodi’s GOOD news:

Last Tuesday evening Jodi headed down to Simple Shape HQ in South East London to check out founder Helen Osgerby’s Stay Home exhibition. Located at the bottom of her garden, the show presents homeware and furniture by four incredibly talented makers – Sebastian Cox, Florian Gadsby, Elliot Denny and Luke Hope – and coincides with Simple Shape’s second anniversary (happy birthday Simple Shape!). | Discover Simple Shape's beautiful collection here.

The work pictured below is Elliot Denny’s collection of one-of-a-kind pots, fired in sawdust from a table made by Sebastian Cox for the exhibition – a nice example of cross-practice sharing of materials.

Jess’ GOOD news:

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! Jess has been listening non-stop to Adam Buxton’s podcast recently; his casual 'ramble chats' about depression, anxiety and general life management are hilarious (and reassuring) to listen to. Jess’ family has dealt with its faire share of mental health issues – a normal topic of conversation for her, but a difficult one for many. One in four people in the UK deal with mental health issues every year. A recent study found that women are 32 per cent more likely than men to tell friends or family about an issue within a month, whereas men are 40 per cent more likely than women to wait more than two years – if, that is, they ever take that first step. There are some high-profile, supportive campaigns at the moment. | Find out more about two of Jess' favourites; Time To Change and Heads Together.
Amy’s GOOD news:

The Harvard Study of Adult Development may be the longest ever on grown-up life and yields the sort of wisdom we all know in our hearts to be true: that successful, happy and physically healthy lives are built around strong relationships and communities, not material achievements. Mental Health Awareness week resonated with Amy, too, who tuned in to Robert Waldinger’s TED talk What makes a good life? – a particularly pertinent look at lessons on happiness from the study’s current director. | Watch it here.

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