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.
Get together, catch up & join in with creative-minded Slough based people!
Bring Your Own Future
'Bring Your Own Future' is a project by artists Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter (Close and Remote) and has been commissioned by HOME Slough . Working with local residents we will explore new ways of looking at Slough using watercolours and virtual reality.
You can find out more about this project here
Take a look at the artwork from our project here
Creative Connectors are a crucial pillar of our project. We want to work with 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.
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 World Poetry Day at the Curve in March, Empoword has been on the rise, representing local poetic talent in all its splendour.
With help from HOME Slough's Build Bursary, Empoword have developed an online platform for their poetry. Watch Empoword's YouTube channel here.
ESTATE TRAIL APP SLOUGH
Estate Trail App was developed from a call out for an artist commission by HOME Slough to engage with the local workforce who mainly leave Slough at the end of the working day.
Its aim was to offer a thrilling and unusual event that connects the trading estate’s workers with the town in a new way. The aim was to directly challenge negative perceptions of Slough and illuminate the potential for a cultural offer that encourages people to socialise and be entertained in Slough.
Following it launch in March 2018, the plan for the project is to be open and accessible to all including businesses, schools and community groups.
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.
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.
Visit our Gallery for images.
Streets Alive at the Christmas Lights 2017
Slough town centre was taken over with comedy street performers and brass bands blending Bollywood soundtracks and Balkan beats, as HOME Slough’s Streets Alive festival brought a dash of fun to the Christmas Switch On. HOME Slough, working in partnership with one of its funders, Slough Borough Council, delivered its own special brand of mischief and music on the high street with pop-up street performances for all the family.
The fun kicked off with the world famous Natural Theatre Company flying into town with its ever-joyful Cabin Crew. Their internationally acclaimed ‘Coneheads’ stopped shoppers in their tracks as this coach party from outer space made new friends in and out of the Queensmere and Observatory shopping centres: misunderstanding everything they encountered from flowers to photo-booths to hilarious result. Even the day-long drizzle failed to dampen the spirits as Artemis Productions fiery stilt walkers kept everyone uplifted as the traditional community showcase took place on the Town Square. Counting down to Santa’s arrival the Natural’s playfully promenaded their ‘Clockheads’ before the Christmas Lights and firework finale illuminated the sky at 5pm.
The toe-tapping tunes of Op Sa! and the Bollywood Brass Band brought a carnival vibe to the town with spontaneous audiences dancing in the rain, laughing and whole-heartedly embracing the events. ‘Bring Your Own Future’s’ guerilla watercolour team could also be found documenting the day and reimagining the image of Slough no matter the weather.
The day was run by HOME Slough in association with Slough Borough Council, with support from Slough Town Centre Management and volunteers from Aik Saath, the Police Cadets, SWIPE, East Berkshire College and HOME Slough’s own Creative Connectors. HOME Slough is supported by the Arts Council of England as part of its Creative People and Places programme.
Visit our Gallery for images.
Streets Alive Slough
In June 2017 HOME Slough held its first summer festival. On Saturday 17 June HOME Slough presented an array of hilarious, jaw-dropping and toe-tapping performances throughout the town from The Curve to the square.
The day was full of events with dancing bodyguards giving shoppers the VIP treatment, samba rhythms and New Orleans jazz putting a spring in their step, comedy roadworkers suddenly displaying circus skills in Mackenzie Square, and breathtaking parkour performers and spoken word in the Plaza.
In a spectacular finale to the afternoon, all the way from France, Les Vernisseurs transformed the Town Centre with a riot of colour and playful mayhem; filling the sky, streets, shops and onlookers with blue confetti and comedy chaos.
The day was run by HOME Slough with vital support from Aik Saath, Slough Youth Parliament, The Curve Slough, Xtra Art, SWIPE, YES Slough, Creative Junction, Slough Borough Council, Slough Town Centre Partnership, The Queensmere Observatory, Global Streets, Arts Council England and Creative People and Places programme. See our coverage in the Slough Express.
Visit our Gallery for images.