A Year in the Life of Blackhorse Workshop

From Arctic blasts to the sweltering sun, it’s been an action-packed year at Blackhorse Workshop. Here is a round up of our highlights: 

Burns Night was our first foray into the traditional Scottish tribute to poet Robbie Burns, we swung ourselves around in the ceilidh and revelled in the verse of Racker Donnelly. We celebrated our 4th birthday with the terrifying Four-a-saurus, danced a merry dance for the Summer Solstice with our theory on how Stone Henge came to be, honoured the dead with our Dia de los Muertos party and rounded the year off with the stupendous Blackhorse Christmas Market! And we couldn’t have done it without all of you coming to support us! 

Summer saw us begin a collaboration with New Direction and the Transforming Spaces trainees. They set up camp at the workshop and helped us deliver Body Builders at the Walthamstow Garden Party. We were also very excited to work with the children of Fatima Elizabeth Cates Academy to help them design and build models for their project Future Mosque. The models were exhibited at the workshop as part of the Open House weekend.  

Members News
Our members were pretty busy this year, we paid a visit to New Designers to see new work from members Adam Azmy and Arturo Soto. Artist Lola Lely and woodcarver Laura Anderson took up residency at the William Morris Gallery delivering workshops and creating works throughout the year. Matteo Fogale curated a collection of works from Uruguayan artists as part of London Design Festival. 

We finally took home the prize for Class 1 Craft at the Maker Raft Race. After two failed attempts and even winning best sinking in previous years we prevailed to step up to the podium and take first prize.

Looking ahead
We are looking forward to a great year ahead, especially the launch of Atomic 50, an exhilarating journey into the past and a rediscovery of making with Tin. The immersive theatre and workshop experience will be revealed in Leyton in April. We will also be taking delivery of eight converted shipping containers giving us the opportunity to expand our space and the number of creative businesses based at the Workshop.

And last but not least, we are hiring! We are looking for a Project Manager to deliver an exciting  project called The Agency, a celebrated social change programme for young people coming to Waltham Forest for 2019. So if you would like to join the Blackhorse Team, read more here.