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Dorothy's GOOD news, photography by Anna Boyiazis.
19th August 2017

The GOOD List #31

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: form an orderly queue, it’s GOOD news time!

Jodi’s GOOD news

My GOOD news comes via Spacemakers. Self-described as a utopian regeneration agency, the practice is currently working with Silo Studio on a project entitled Wealdstone Youth Workshop. The workshop is a new public design project which is run in collaboration with the young people of Wealdstone, north-west London. This summer, Silo Studio are delivering the programme through a series of classes which will see participants co-design, prototype and test different pieces of furniture for the square.

Spacemakers’ ambition is to create a final piece of sellable furniture, by Wealdstone, for Wealdstone, to be used across the town centre. The ultimate aim of the project is to help change perceptions of both young people and the area itself.

Wealdstone Youth Workshop is part of a wider project by Harrow Council to create a new public space at the centre of Wealdstone that brings the community together. The overall project is led by We Made That, with Spacemakers, Europa and others in support. | You can follow the progress of the workshop here.
Jodi's GOOD News

Sabine’s GOOD news

My GOOD news for the week is the Well Street Against Racism Street Party which takes place this Sunday (20 August). It's double good news for me as it's also the day after my birthday, and the easiest birthday party that I've ever organised, but in truth, it's one of the kindest events that I know of. Inspired by the slew of racist attacks that occurred in the local area post the Brexit vote, my friend Nick Stephens set up the street party (he owns and runs The Gun pub which is slap-bang in the middle of Well Street) to bring his little part of Hackney together to celebrate its diversity and eat, drink, dance and hug for a day. The results are wonderful and last year's event was pure joy. I'm so excited for this Sunday! Everyone is welcome!

Sabine's GOOD News

Dorothy’s GOOD news

This week I stumbled across the Panje Project that teaches young girls in Tanzania to swim. Swimming, a life-saving skill, was not deemed socially acceptable for women as swimming lessons were seen to discourage women from domestic tasks and, in a country which is 98 per cent muslim, swimsuits were seen as immodest. The introduction of the burkini and a swimming school called Panke (which translates to big fish) is changing that.

Photographer Anna Boyiazis caught wind of the project and travelled to Tanzania to capture the project. After persisting with the local authorities and community elders to grant her access (and subsequently spending a month at the island’s swimming school in an effort to build trust) to the project, she took a series of amazing photographs. I think they're beautiful. | Read more here

Dorothy's GOOD News

Anya’s GOOD news

I discovered Every Valley, the latest album by British band Public Service Broadcasting, last week and it’s pure genius. The album musically chronicles the rise and fall of the Welsh coal mining industry and is the result of dedicated research spanning several years. During this time, the band temporarily relocated to Ebbw Vale, a town in south Wales that was at the heart of the coal-mining industry, where they recorded interviews with former miners (through the National Union of Mineworkers in Pontypridd) and listened and watched hours upon hours of archive audio and film at Swansea University’s South Wales Miners’ Library. The album, which was recorded and debuted in Ebbw Vale, sees the miner’s testimonies set to music which is then sandwiched between historical narratives.

I wouldn’t usually flag music on the GOOD list but this album really is special. It is as much a work of art, as it is an album. Personal album highlights are: Progress, They Gave me a Lamp, You + Me, Mother of the Village and The Pit.  I haven’t listened to anything but this all week.

The Guardian published an interesting piece on the album in the context of the Brexit vote earlier in the year. | Follow Public Service Broadcasting events here

Anya's GOOD News

Katie's GOOD news:

Last week I was lucky enough to see one of Zetteler’s dream projects come together. Last year Jodi introduced us to social enterprise Restoration Station and its dedicated team. Restoration Station works with recovering addicts and teaches them woodwork and restoration skills in their Shoreditch workshop. Since then we've worked with the team helping with their social media and volunteering to open the shop on Sundays. It's a place that has quickly become very special to us all. We've worked with Yinka Ilori before and had been thinking for a long time that a collaboration between the two would be a dream combination.

The day of the workshop was pure joy from start to finish. It was great watching the student’s faces as they were introduced to Yinka's work and hearing their excitement about the colours. After we all introduced ourselves everyone made their way to the wood workshop, chose their chairs and got started. Yinka worked closely with each student to discuss the colours that they were drawn to and to create a plan for restoring and upcycling their chosen chairs. Watching the chairs slowly transform throughout the day was so exciting and I'm now dying to see the final results.

Filmmaker Tim Dufort and photographer Dan Weill volunteered their services for the day to help document the start of the collaboration meaning everyone can have a peek into the collaboration and it's journey from start to finish. | Find out more about the exciting collaboration here.

The Yinka Ilori & Restoration Station LDF project is Katie's GOOD News this week
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