In celebration of the centenary year of womens’ suffrage and the London Festival of Architecture’s theme of ‘Identity’, Bankside Open Spaces Trust presents ‘Interpreted Identities’ – a series of dedicated installations or ‘follies’ created by a selection of London’s leading architecture and design practices which have each taken inspiration from an extraordinary female figure – past or present – who has made a major impact to their local community or environment, and whose work continues to inspire future generations.
The folly is a public tool to inspire and empower. A collective resource that encourages Londoner’s from all walks of life to listen, learn, share and be empowered by contemporary and historical stories of extraordinary women from across the capital. Our city is full of stories of women whose everyday experiences and surprising ingenuity can offer both hope and inspiration to encourage others to make meaningful contributions to their local communities. The folly will setup home in Marlborough Park throughout June, offering a staging point to hear inspiring everyday stories but also to share your own; an opportunity to take something away as well as leave your mark. After the festival the folly will be flat-packed to enable it to embark on a journey across London. Setting up shop in other locations, carrying stories with it and collecting new-ones along the way.
To nominate an extraordinary woman and take part, head down to visit our folly at Marlborough Park on Union Street from 1st of June. Here’s our list of our extraordinary women nominated so far:
Bianca Valido Leach – West Dulwich Community Hero
Gina Hopkins – Adaptive Martial Arts
Jenni Gwiazdowski – London Bike Kitchen
Mel Bound – This Mum Runs
Emily Chalk – Ella’s Home
Suzanne Vincent – Ruskin Park Paddling Pool Fundraiser
Sandra Schembri – House of St Barnabas
Janette Collins – The Crib Youth Project
Savannah Power – Women To Look Up To
Vanessa Boachie-Appau – Inside Out Mental Health UK
Nicola Keenan & Nicola Lindsell – Boxx
Visit our folly at Marlborough Park on Union Street
Date: 1st June – 30th June
Special Date: RCKa will be attending the festival on Sunday 24th of June as part of the Great Get Together Day festival. Join us to find out more about our selection of extraordinary women and to nominate some of your own!