Sunday 3 May, 3pm, A Tour of Victoria Park’s Leisure Clubs
Beginning at the London Bridge Alcoves – a fragment of the London’s transport network repurposed as ornamental benches for Victoria Park – Travis Elborough leads a walking tour exploring the social histories of the park’s playing fields. Clive Bettington, Chair of the Jewish East End Celebration Society; and Trenton Oldfield, activist and co-founder of This is Not a Gateway, a not-for-profit organisation that creates platforms for critical investigations into cities.
Thursday 26 March, 7pm: Every Loser Wins
Writer Travis Elborough introduces his project for the Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency 2014-5, which is produced for the fourth year in partnership with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Department. Elborough’s research focuses on the social history of parks and the politics and technological innovations associated with sport and leisure activities. He asks us to consider whose rules we play by and how amateur sports clubs might help us reclaim the communal for the community and the civic for this part of the city.
Click here for more information about Elborough's residency and events series Games for May.
Tuesday 19 May, 7pm The Once and Future Park - Policy and Landscape
Travis Elborough in conversation with Ken Worpole, Senior Professor at The Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University, and author of books on architecture, urbanism and social policy, including his survey of post-industrial Essex, The New English Landscape (Field Station, 2013). Together they will consider the London Park as an ideal for urban life and what must be done to ensure its continuing importance to convivial existence in the city.