At the end of June 2018 I left Courtenay Street, it seemed like a good time to bring my Artist in Residence in My Own Street project to a close. As part of this closing I set up an exhibition in my house and invited my neighbours (and others) to come and see the work that I had made.
You can find out about how the project came about here
The main part of the project was an exploration of the street itself and its residents – I met with people and then made collages about those meetings.
Out of these meetings came other ideas – one to go to the pub once a month for Duchy Nites – we did this! I would take work I’d made and sometimes we’d discuss it and sometimes we’d just talk about other things. Out of these discussions came the historic exploration of the street. I picked on 1911 as the last year with freely accessible online census data and a point where many of the houses in the street had already been built.
This became the Shadow Street project. This video gives an idea of the 9 metre long drawing of all the houses in the street with all the residences standing in front of them.
You can read more about the Shadow Street here:
In doing this research I found out all sorts of other things and as part of Inktober in 2018 I made a series of drawings that form a Pick & Choose History of Courtenay Street, Kennington and Lambeth you can read about that here and see the pictures here.