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Creative Knowledge Project: Dunya Kalantery

Dunya Kalantery will be artist in residence at Bow Arts’ Lakeside Centre for a year from November 2019. Her residency is part of the Creative Knowledge Project which looks to question what a library can be in the 21st century ahead of the new Thamesmead Library being built on Southmere Lake.

Dunya’s work will focus on the library as a space for producing and protecting community knowledge. She will begin by researching methods of archiving communal struggles and joys, looking at how and what we learn as a community, and how to activate those archives to strengthen social bonds and reinforce community space.

Dunya will invite local residents to collaborate with her by imagining how the library could be used to create and consolidate space for community relationships, thinking about how digital interventions can be used to create stronger links between individuals, community and knowledge.

  • Dunya will be running workshops in the current temporary Thamesmead library, exploring archives and storytelling, and thinking together about our relationship to our environment.
  • Dunya will be opening up her studio to co-create archival material of the present (zines, sound recordings and more).
  • Dunya will be creating a fortnightly radio show with contributions from local residents.
  • Dunya will be working with residents, local schools, families and community groups to co-create an artwork whose life will continue in the new Thamesmead library.

See below for coming events or email to find out more.

Programme of Events:

  • Wednesday 22 & 29 January – Mapping Community Knowledge: Learning Through Joy
  • Wednesday 22 & Monday 27 January – Fantasy map making
  • Thursday 30 January – Coffee morning
  • Thursday 20 February – Secret Lie between my sheets 
  • Saturday 22 February – Where have you been?
  • Thursday 27 February – Coffee morning 
  • Guided walks

About Dunya

Dunya Kalantery is a first generation Londoner, based in London, with a background in community organising and a participatory art practice. She collaborates with communities and young people using a variety of practices – from film making to food growing – to engage in what she sees as the critical space between health, environment and community. Most recently, Dunya’s work has been driven by the concept of the body as an archive, informed by epigenetic research – which shows that through genetic expression, our bodies are archives of environmental, historical, and familial experience.

The Creative Knowledge Project is supported by Arts Council England, the London Borough of Bexley and Peabody Trust.