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Introduction

Introduction

straybird have been invited by Richmond Borough Arts Service to be artists-in-residence at Hampton Library, London, as part of the Dance In Libraries project. Funded by Arts Council England, Dance in Libraries is a 2-year project which seeks to research and reframe library spaces through creative dialogue between dance artists and library users. The project...
18 December 2014

18 December 2014

The writing of blogs always goes by the wayside during the ferocious intensity of the final stages of making and installing. Whatever has not yet been written up here will doubtless stay in our notebooks until some future date, but for a final round-up of  Some Patterns of Current installation images and audience responses… Some...
30 September 2014

30 September 2014

How Does A Library Move and What is A Book? We’ve been busy transitioning from the research phase of our project into the making phase. Although the thought of making is always with you from the beginning of a project, it’s important to hold open a kind of dream / reverie space in which to...

9 September 2014

Another Conversation With Zahid I mention to Hampton Library’s manager, Zahid, the story of John Sheaf’s serendipitous find in Japan and he volunteers that he once found a lottery ticket in a library book and also five, £5 notes. Both were used as bookmarks. The notes were able to be returned to their owner via...
4 September 2014

4 September 2014

Where Does The River Begin? Doing some research in the London Metropolitan Archives, I come across a map of all the trees on Taggs Island from 1982. We’re intrigued to find a moment to visit the island – just up river from the library and former home to Fred Karno’s Karsino – but before we...

30 August 2014

We have invited artist Sheila Ghelani to be part of Some Patterns of Current! www.sheilaghelani.co.uk  
24 July 2014

24 July 2014

So far we’ve resisted reading books in the library – except for those relating to local history. However today I decide to allow myself the pleasure of browsing the shelves and sitting in different places in the library to see what I see when I glance up from a page.  In this way I become...
17 July 2014

17 July 2014

Black Lines and White Spaces On one of our train journeys to Hampton, we talk about our first memories of reading.  Neither of us can remember the first time that letters gathered themselves into something we understood as words, but Becky can remember an early memory of forming cursive letters at school. The page specially...
12 July 2014

12 July 2014

As part of our research phase, we have created a bookmark, (with the help of designer, David Caines) to place in between the pages of  books  borrowed from Hampton Library.  We’re intrigued to see where these bookmarks might end up.  
6 July 2014

6 July 2014

There is a commemorative blue plaque at the entrance to Hampton Library which informs visitors that John Beard (1717-1791, singer) and William Ewart (1798 – 1869 promotor of public libraries) lived here. Not only was Ewart instrumental in campaigning for The Public Libraries Act in 1850 (which allowed for communities over 10,000 to raise money...