Welcome to Art of Regeneration
This ongoing social regeneration programme was started in 2001 by Jenny Harris
, innovative Director of the Albany theatre and community centre in Deptford, southeast London and at the time of creating AOR Director of Education at the National Theatre, London; and Chrissie Tiller
, facilitator, arts consultant and cultural strategist.
of the initial Art of Regeneration
project is available to read online or download here.
(pdf) The Art of Regeneration project started at the Albany in Deptford. Other related projects and resources created by Art of Regeneration with students and partners at the Albany and in Lewisham and Greenwich can also be accessed from this page:
Every Picture Tells A Story, led by Art of Regeneration (AOR) Ltd, will explore, catalogue, digitise and create exhibitions and live pop-up events based on the 1970’s photographic archives by Chris Schwarz. Schwarz died in 2007 and bequeathed his collection to AOR. The collection is not fully understood at present, and the valuable negatives are currently at risk from poor storage.
The project will involve training volunteers in research, oral history, cataloguing, and digitising skills, with support from London Metropolitan Archives, Lewisham College and Lewisham Local History Archive. 14 planned secondary school workshops will also support history curriculum studies through the project.
Around 6,800 images generated by Chris Schwartz will be put online, 90% of which are in black and white. Much of this work reflects the programme of creative and cultural development of the Albany Centre in Deptford and key events in Deptford’s history.
The archive forms a multi-faceted record, including life on the new housing estates - Pepys, Milton Court, Idonia Street; the development of children’s play; the Queens Silver Jubilee, including the Royal Parade and street parties; Millwall Football Club, the scrap industry; rag ‘n bone men; campaigning for racial equality; community festivals and more.
On the funding, Jenny Harris from Art of Regeneration, said: “So many people have been asking about Chris’s photographs for years, so this is a wonderful opportunity to revisit the 1970’s, the people and events recorded and to examine another era and to see what it teaches us today.”
Schwarz’s photographic work has been published in The Independent, Guardian, Time Out and in books, including Down and Out in Paris and London. He has also exhibited in London and overseas.
Run in collaboration between the National Theatre's Art of Regeneration and the Albany Deptford, Deptford Stories explores the rich and varied history of the Albany and its communities.It is based on 'The Deptford Ark'
, a short history of the Albany, by John Turner.
To read or download The Deptford Ark
click here for pdf.
A learning resource centred around the abolition of the slave trade seen from a South East London perspective.This programme formed part of the bicentennial commemoration and was a local history study working with schools, Lewisham Further Education College, a Community Theatre Company and The National Maritime Museum. Blood Sugar
was staged at the Queen's House Greenwich and was researched, written and directed by John Turner. Emancipation of the Dispossessed can be accessed above.