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Start Date: Saturday, 29th April 2023

Address: Making Space, E14 0NU

Time: 12PM - 4PM


Studio Futurall is collaborating with Sirlute on the Artist residency at Making Space Aberfeldy. The goal of the residency is to engage visitors, community members and young people with untold stories about the histories and futures of Poplar. In the first half of the residency, we will learn about the heritage, history and local memories of Poplar to surface stories that underpin the area's cultural identity. From there, we will conduct experiments in re-imagining and re-inventing these narratives for the future with young people and the local community. 


Through collage, map making and video production, and by connecting young and old, these experiments will investigate how hidden cultural and community narratives of place can be surfaced, shared and strengthened through reimagining across generations.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to showcase your talent and be part of a movement that celebrates the past, present, and future of Poplar. Register now!

What you will learn

Join us for two half-day weekend workshops where you'll get the chance to use your creativity and imagination to make films about the past and future of Poplar.

You'll learn how to use storytelling, imagination techniques to create engaging and thought-provoking videos that will capture the essence of this vibrant neighbourhood.

You'll get the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals to play games, brainstorm ideas and learn from each other's perspectives and experiences. And after the workshops, your ideas and videos will be exhibited in the art gallery in Aberfeldy Village!!

Further details

No. of groups: 2

Sessions per group: 3

Participants per group: 10

Facilitators: Eva, Finn, JR, Muhammed and Samantha

Partners: Studio Futurall and Sirlute

Programme outline

Session 1: Saturday 29th April and Sunday 30th April, 12PM - 4PM

Workshop Activity: Stories of Poplar


First half

  • Generations Chain activity - imagining grandparents and parents, children and grandchildren’s lives

  • Mapping Poplar through your eyes - we will create a huge map of Poplar on the wall. YoungStars will draw and collage to share their favourite places and memories of the area.


Second half

  • Street interviews - asking people 1) about their favourite memory in the area, and 2) what they think will be different in 50 years time.

  • Reflection interviews - sharing a reflection on what you have learned from the street interviews

Session 2: Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th April, 12PM - 4PM

Workshop Activity: Imagining Poplar Futures


  • Picking ideas from the history collage and re-imagining Poplar through a specific narrative - through a structures imagination exercise.

  • Storyboarding a future Advert for Poplar?

  • Filming videos to communicate the future

Session 3: Thursday 1st June, 6PM

Workshop Activity: Exhibition Opening


  • Showing the work of young people

  • Speeches from young people about their work

What is a YoungStar?

A YoungStar is an individual within our community that is keen to learn, make a difference and stay motivated. A YoungStar is not afraid to learn new skills, develop their talents and be unique!

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