Between May and July 2019, 100 residents of Hatcham, New Cross Gate, have participated in Delft Blue ceramic decorating workshops to visualise their wish and words of wisdom. Led by hARTslane and Dutch artist Tisna Westerhof, the residents have mixed onglaze enamels, transferred imaginary, painted and fired 100 tiles. The 2 by 2 metre ceramic tile installation will send daily positive messages of hope and joy into the world for generations to come.
The creative workshops brought together different parts of the community working on the same brief and enjoying the process of making and learning new skills together while sharing common ground. Participants as young as 3 and their families, scouts, artists, young people and the older residents of Hatcham all committed to the challenges of the limitations of the materials as well as the visualisation of their wishes, which results into a magical yet powerful collective contribution.
The workshops were organised in collaboration with local organisations and charities:
All Saints Community Centre,
The Ageing Well Fun Club of New Cross,
32nd Deptford Scouts,
Somerville Adventure Playground and
The Five Bells Pub.
Originated in China, the Blue and White ceramic technique has travelled the world. From Dutch Delftware to Portuguese Azulejos, from the Italian Maiolica to the English Willow Patterns and the tin-glazed earthenwares from the British Isles: the Blue and White represents cultural diversity and celebrates them coming together.
Now more than any other time, the world is in need of unity, positivity and kindness. The 100 Wishes of Hatcham celebrate diversity and unity within the area, whilst their messages reach out far and beyond the perimeters of the community.
“Seeing the work launched was very exciting for everyone involved, and other residents that joined the celebration. However for me what I have loved most has been seeing reactions to the work now
that it is up. I walk by it daily and often see people stopping to look at it. This has included teenagers taking selfes in front of the wall, young children excitedly showing off their work, and adults stopping to admire each individual tile.
Everyone has a look of joy as they look at this, and as others stop and join them there’s a sense of community that develops – far beyond those that contributed”. – Kristina Leonnet, participant and local resident.
Fred Agbah | Amy | Cristiana Bottigella | Bjarki Brennan | Clive Burton | Imogene Burton | Chelsea | Bradley Cummings | Keyci Cummings | Millie Cummings | Daniel | Danica Dekker | Thomas Dekker | Sheree Dervish | Faye Doolan | Salma Doolan | Steve Doolan | Clive Dunham | Mervenil Emiroglu | Billy Fornacre | Luca Fornacre | Livia Francomb | Alma Garnier-Mills | James Harvey | Amiah Henry | David Holloway | Constance Howe | Patricia Howe | Shereener Hudson | Marie-Claire James | Esme Jones | Robin Jones | Louis Jopp | Catherine Josesi | Ellie Kebell | Annabelle Kendrick | Lily Kendrick | Alison Lambert | Kathy Lambert | Kristina Leonnet | Noah Leonnet Greasey | Noah Lovett | Robin Marcus | Max Maxwell | Anthony McAndrew | Joni McDougall | Esther Okotie | Jada Perry | Gabriel Pritchard | Harry Pye | Ms Dorine Reid | Amy Richards | Bowie Richards | Flynn Richards | Lloyd Richards | Santi Schowlin | Archana Singh | Vivek Singh | Hyacinth Smith | Sara Stenbaek | Matilda Strickland | Jacopo Strocchi | Matilde Strocchi | Sigrun Sverrisdottir & Kevin Brennan | Prince Wilson | Taran | Paul Taylor | Telliah | Annie Wasdell | Tisna Westerhof | Teri-Ann Wilson | Ms Muriel White | Carol Wyss