HOME Slough is for anyone who would like to try something new and creative. There are a host of events happening right here in Slough, in places you might not expect – recent events have taken place in the Salt Hill Skate park, the Queensmere Shopping Centre and at the Trading Estate. Why not take a look?
HOME Slough is a part of the Creative People and Places national programme funded by Arts Council England.
Every two months we hold an Artists’ Forum to hear about what the artistic community in Slough have been doing or are planning to do. The next event is on 23rd March 2017. We are expecting guests from South Hill Park, Farnham Maltings and Battersea Arts Centre. The forum is held at The Curve and is free to attend.
To sign up to the next Artists’ Forum, please visit Resource Productions’ website.
Creative Connectors’ Hubs
These are designed to engage the people of Slough, with a special focus on seven designated areas/hubs: Chalvey and Cippenham, Britwell, Central and Upton, Colnbrook, Manor Park, Wexham and Langley.
Our new Community Engagement Manager will work to widen our network of Creative Connectors as a crucial pillar of our project. We need people passionate about arts and culture who are interested in representing their communities with the HOME Slough consortium, to take an active part in running and programming HOME projects.
In autumn 2016, HOME Slough commissioned five new pieces by Slough artists and organisations, through an open application and selection process. They are: Neetha and Natalia Syam’s short film Half Wheel; Mary Parris’s series of paintings Faces of Slough; Tarun Thind's hip-hop music video Big Business; and Bhangra group Apna Virsa's new choreography celebrating Diwali. The commissions were shown as part of HOME Grown on 4th February 2017.
We are hosting digital and video artists’ residences based at businesses on the Trading Estate, and in places of worship around Slough. The artists are bringing their work to the different corners of our town, to create links with people who either work or spend their time there.
Empoword is a spoken word collective made up of local young people, that has delivered a number of themed performances around Slough. From poetry in Salt Hill Park in September, to celebrating National Poetry Day at the Curve in October, Empoword has been on the rise, representing local poetic talent in all its splendour. The last HOME Slough-supported performance took place on 4 February 2017. Entitled The Relations, it was an anti-Valentine’s Day event focusing on the darker side of relationships.
HOME Slough consortium member SWIPE organised three big flash mobs in collaboration with Slough-based dance school Creative Academy – delivered at Slough train station during the morning rush hour, at the Trading Estate and interrupting one of the busy Music On the Square events. See our Gallery for photos from these events!
A mixture of dance and visual arts, this project was initiated by the young people working with Aik Saath. Running from January to March 2017, with the help of digital artists, this project will create a piece of visual art mapping different dances that represent Slough’s diverse communities.
Music on the Square
Consortium partner SWIPE ran six music events on consecutive Saturdays from August to October 2016. They covered music from Bhangra to steel drums, and jazz to Irish music. The jazz concert featured Nate Simpson, made famous by The X Factor, and Natalie Gauchi, who won Australian Pop Idol in 2007.
This is a pilot project for HOME Slough, testing the potentials of short video, film and digital forms to engage a busy, transient population in public places. The project was managed by consortium partner Resource Productions.
In December 2016, consortium partner Creative Junction worked with Emergency Exit Arts, Slough Museum, Xtra Art and the River & Rowing Museum to run the first Spark Festival. The festival culminated in a massive parade through the town centre with the participation of community groups who helped make lanterns and other props for the occasion. You can read more about it in the Slough Express.