Local resident and artist, Tabitha Lewis, will be exhibiting work from her project ‘Pull Up a Chair’ at this weekend’s Lewisham People’s Day.
This year’s edition of the much-loved free, annual event will be held on Saturday 7th July at Mountsfield Park in Catford, where Tabitha will exhibit alongside an eclectic program of live music, street food, cabaret and a craft market.
‘Pull Up a Chair’ is a project conceived, directed and created by Tabitha who is developing her practice as a socially engaged and participatory artist at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of her MA in Fine Art.
‘Pull Up a Chair’ is helping to engage local people as part of Team Catford’s ‘Catford Conversation’, a community engagement programme designed to ensure that local people are given a voice as the Council prepares a masterplan to guide the regeneration of the town centre.
Tabitha has collected chairs that had been discarded in Catford and invited individuals and groups to join her in decorating the chairs while having a conversation about Catford. These decorated chairs are a representation of those conversations and now become an opportunity for those who visit the exhibition to continue the ‘Catford Conversation’.
Tabitha says ‘It’s been a really wonderful project to be a part of both as a resident and an artist. I have met some wonderful people and learned so much about my local community. I have been particularly amazed at the response I’ve had with every person approached eagerly wanting to take part in the project. It has generated a lot of excitement among the collaborators too as they express feeling valued participants in the local consultations and not least because they get to keep their chairs after the exhibition. Their ownership of their chair is key to the project.’
So ‘Pull Up a Chair’ and join the ‘Catford Conversation’ this Saturday!