Atomic 50

Atomic 50

Blackhorse Workshop Presents for London Borough of Culture 2019
An immersive journey through Waltham Forest’s rich heritage in manufacturing and metalwork.
1 – 30 April 2019

On a mission to reinstate tin as an accessible and sustainable material for the 21st Century, Blackhorse Workshop will transform a disused school building in Leyton into ATOMIC 50 – a ‘ghost factory’, as part of London Borough of Culture 2019. Merging workspace with immersive theatre, the experience will run across April and is aimed at children aged 7 to 11 years’ old with specialist tin technique workshops also available for adults.

ATOMIC 50 (the number of protons in an atom of tin) will be a radical reimagining of the traditional learning environment, leading participants on an exhilarating journey through time and metalworking. Open to local schools during term time and families from Waltham Forest and beyond across the Easter holidays, bookings open in January, with a portion of free tickets reserved for low income families and individuals from the Borough.

Blackhorse Workshop will work with acclaimed performance artist Abigail Conway and set designer Soraya Gilanni Viljoen to create the one-off installation. Not quite of this world, ATOMIC 50 is best described as a ‘ghost’ factory, moving between different realities and materializing in response to a need. It re-appears every now and then to help a new generation learn skills and evoke a passion for metalworking again.

Through ATOMIC 50, Blackhorse Workshop will celebrate Waltham Forest’s heritage as a centre for manufacturing and metalworking. Home to leading toy companies Britains and Wells Brimtoy during the 1930-1960s, some of the world’s most collectible tin toys were made in the Borough. In addition, Blackhorse Workshop will also be contributing to a lasting legacy for Waltham Forest. Following the project’s completion,  the ATOMIC 50 machinery will relocate to Blackhorse Workshop in order to expand their teaching offer on a permanent basis.

The Factory Returns 01.04.19. Will you join its brave new workforce?

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Atomic 50 - Waltham Forest - London Borough of Culture 2019