The Dalston Mill, EXYZT, 15 July 2009 - 6 August 2009, Dalston, LB Hackney, London. Commissioned by Barbican Art Gallery. Photo by: Eliot Wyman
An off-site project by Barbican Art Gallery as part of the exhibition Radical Nature – Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009, The Dalston Mill temporarily turned a piece of disused waste ground into a site for cultural and social activity. A temporary structure was built and a 20 meter long wheat field planted alongside this – a restaging of environmental artist Agnes Denes' original 1982 pioneering piece. The Mill was also a platform for workshops and events, including two family art workshops during the Create Festival Open Weekend (where Hackney Council particularly targeted marketing to local estates).
The project helped change the perceived value of the land in the eyes of local people and potential developers, paving the way to some permanent improvements to the site as part of Making Space in Dalston. The Barbican funded the majority of the commission, with additional financial and in-kind support from LB Hackney (approx £2,000 actual, £1,250 in-kind for family workshops, free provision of land).
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