Our Land: creative approaches to the redevelopment of London’s Docklands

Leeson, Loraine (2019) Our Land: creative approaches to the redevelopment of London’s Docklands. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 25 (4). pp. 365-379. ISSN 1352-7258

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Abstract

Large-scale re-development of post-industrial sites can easily railroad over the needs or wishes of its existing inhabitants, or at best involve them in peripheral consultation. However, when a community is highly organised and also collaborates with others to gather expertise and develop effective means of communication, it has the ability to re-envision a future that can meet the needs of all concerned. The Docklands Community Poster project engaged with a cluster of waterfront communities in the 1980s, which used the arts to influence the regeneration of the London Docklands.. Close collaboration between local people, activists and artists led to a range of interventions implemented over a ten year period that included a series of large-scale photo-murals, travelling exhibitions, initiatives and events such as the People’s Armadas to Parliament and the People’s Plan for the Royal Docks. The article makes an argument for why art can be an effective tool in social transformation and highlights its role in documenting and making visible the intangible cultural heritage of the communities it serves.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Socially Engaged Practices cluster
Item ID: 21524
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Heritage Studies on 25/06/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13527258.2018.1485166
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Depositing User: Loraine Leeson
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 16:22
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 05:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21524

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