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Becontree Hundred

The Beacontree Hundred was an exhibition of 100 images, produced and hosted by residents from Becontree Estate in east London in collaboration with People's Palace Projects and renowned international artists.

Joseph Byrne and Hunter, close up. Old Dagenham Park. Photo by AF Rodrigues
  • School/Institute/Department: People's Palace Projects
  • Subjects: Community, Art, Photography, Collaboration
  • Audience: Local Residents, School Children, General Public

In March 2015 People’s Palace Projects, in collaboration with Creative Barking and Dagenham, brought Brazilian photographer AF Rodrigues to Becontree to create an exhibition of 100 images in partnership with residents from Becontree Estate in East London. The images celebrate the stories of life on what began as the world’s largest housing estate.

Local residents were involved in a series of free photography workshops running throughout March 2015, involving fourteen individual participants and two schools, to develop photographic skills and realise creative potential. Simultaneously, international digital artist Gary Stewart and artist Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole offered digital media workshops for residents to learn to research, re-mix and re-imagine the estate. 

These culminated in a 'Becontree Hundred' exhibition of 100 photographs of local people, places, residents and traders, produced, voted for and hosted by residents. This was displayed at at Dagenham Library and around Dagenham Heathway and the Becontree Estate between 10th April and 9th May 2015, with volunteers expanding the exhibition to public spaces and on houses.

The exhibition closed with a digitised “Becontree Selfie” performative installation, created by Gary Stewart and Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole to reflect life in the Becontree community.

 The “Becontree Hundred” photographs are now available to view on the project webpage here.

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