After being postponed a few times due to Covid, it has finally arrived: 2022 is Lewisham London Borough of Culture! So, Come Dine in Blue!

Inspired by the Blue-and-White (or Delft Blue) ceramic tradition, Come Dine in Blue is a 12 month participatory art project bringing together more than 100 Lewisham residents with a migrant background to create a Blue-and-White dining room installation that will tell personal and collective stories of identity and belonging celebrating different cultures and the journey to Lewisham. 

Art workshops led by award winning London Group artist Tisna Westerhof will engage residents of all ages from various community organisations, providing them with a creative outlet to come together, celebrate life, and tell a story of cultural identity, heritage & migration in Blue & White.

The project will culminate with a 2 week public exhibition in hARTslane gallery in September 2022.

Friday 28th of January:
To celebrate the official start of We are Lewisham!
A fan, creative afternoon of workshops in Blue & White.
In hARTslane, 3-6pm
Open to everyone. Free to attend.

Creative workshops

Saturday 17th of September:
Come Dine in Blue Exhibition Opening day at hARTslane Gallery

18th of September – 2nd of October:
Exhibition open
Workshops, talks and events
Limited edition art sale
Refugee Cafe shop 

A project by: 
Tisna Westerhof & Cristiana Bottigella

Tisna Westerhof, Artistic Director
Amanda Holiday 
Mary McInerney
Rain Wu
Hashem Al – Souob
WhittyGordon Project
Clive Burton

Project Manager:
Cristiana Bottigella

Bella Aleksandrova


Refugee Council
The Confucius Institute at Goldsmiths, University of London
JOY & The Thai-Chi community at All Saints Community Centre

All Saints Church 
Be Seen Be Heard Youth Forum – Young black artists in Lewisham/SE London aged 16-25
La Placita 
Lewisham Refugee Welcome
Lewisham Friends of Palestine
Refugee Cafe 

Supported by

Tisna Westerhof, who will lead the project creatively is a London based artist originally from Holland and has developed extensive research and body of work around the Blue-and-White heritage of the onglazing/ (tin-glazed /Delft Blue) craft/ technique through playfulness and political twists.

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 earthenware from the British Isles. Often intended for the Middle Eastern market, the Blue-and-White ceramic was also exported to Japan, Korea, South East Asia and as far as Africa and South America. 

The Blue-and-White will be the language through which different communities will tell their stories and recollect their domestic traditions. During the workshops, the participants will learn how to visualise their stories in monochrome using various craft techniques: pottery, paper painting, onglaze enamel, embroidery, screenprinting, paper-mache and collage.


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