So often the media, political class and policy-makers define Tower Hamlets as a “problem” area, “deprived borough”, or “segregated” community; we’re told that a “successful” community is one where people are “the same”, and difference is frowned upon.
But why should those definitions decide what community looks like? Who is seen as “different” in the first place? What does “belonging” mean? How do redevelopment, austerity and other external factors actually affect “belonging” more than perceived internal “divides”?
Local women involved in the Muslim Girls Fence Project at the Brady Arts Center in Tower Hamlets believe that in a time of austerity, gentrification and structural racism, the responsibility for any “community dissolution” rests on government and policy-makers rather than local people. They present a series of artwork and large textiles, including a ‘love coat’ they’ve made on the back of these questions.
Come along to see the showcase of their work, engage in the question of “who gets to define Tower Hamlets?” through interactive workshop stations, and enjoy live performances and talks from local artists and activists accompanied by food and drink throughout the night!