26 September 2012
Our youth arts project, Signs of Life, recently learnt that its Kickstart afterschool project had been successful in securing £4,000 of funding for their innovative project "Bownanza". "Bownanza" aims to develop street vending bikes for Tower Hamlets.
"Selling food made in front of your eyes is cool." said Abdul, a Signs of Life member, in his presentation to a packed Kingsley Hall at the final stage pitch. The presentation represented a consortium of partners, including architects; Peter Morris and Dominic Mackenzie, the 815 Agency and Spacehive. The judges had high praise for the group's approach, and it was one of the clear winners.
The Kickstart group have already started making plans and conducted some market research at this summer's Extraordinary Festival Fair asking our local community what food they would like to see sold from the vending bikes, suggestions included; Mexican food, smoothies, falafel and much more!
Any young person, aged from 8yrs upwards, who would like to help build the models of the first bikes is invited to come to the Centre's Community Care studio space on a Tuesday evening 5pm - 7pm. If you would like to find out more about Signs of Life contact Dan on: Dan.Hopewell@bbbc.org.uk
Kickstart are planning an exhibition for this November so watch this space!
The project was organised by SCIBE (Scarcity, Creativity in the Built Environment) with European Funding specifically targeting the Bromley by Bow ward. The project is also underpinned by the Young Foundation and the Architectural Foundation, and has gathered interest from architectural students in mainland Europe too.