This article is taken from the forthcoming Harmondsworth Parish magazine:
Celebrate your home at Our Place (11/12 August)
Residents from Hamondsworth, Sipson, Harlington and beyond are invited to take part in a community arts and history project on the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August at St Mary’s Church Hall in Harmondsworth (11 am – 6 pm).
The project celebrates the place we call home, at a time when our local area is under threat from the proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow. Historian and author Philip Sherwood will give a sideshow on Sunday at 2.30 pm to set things in context.
All are welcome to take part in the ‘Our Place’ arts project. To take part simply find photographs of your home (three are suggested but no more than 10 are required). These will be reproduced and attached, mosaic like, onto a large canvas which is shaped like the frontage of a house. Another copy of the photos will be archived. Photos of places other than home, like a school or elsewhere; places which we remember and cherish could also be bought to the project. A historian and journalist will listen to people’s stories of how they came to live here, whether it be 10 weeks or ten years or more, for an audio record. The project’s musician will weave the stories into a composition.
The finished ‘Our Place’ art work will be exhibited publicly including at the Camp for Climate Action (14-21 August). Climate change campaigners are concerned at the creation of ‘climate refugees’ – people fleeing areas made uninhabitable by climate change. A report for Christian Aid says this could make at least one billion people homeless by 2050. The Our Place project shows a common concern by environmentalists and local residents: the possible loss of the place we call home. For more information see: www.ourplace-arts.org.uk email: (see footnote) or phone: 07972 708 542.
A flyer inviting local residents to become involved in the project was distributed at a neighborhood meeting on 19 July 2007 at Sipson community centre, organised by activists from the Camp for Climate Action. You can see the flyer here: Flyer for Our Place project.pdf
(Footnote: please see the ‘About‘ section of the website for this detail)