Ruth Ewan was invited to work with Chisenhale Gallery on Year 2 of its A Sense of Place programme. Working collaboratively with Year 8 students at each of the three schools (Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, St. Pauls Way Trust School and Langdon Park School) Ewan explored the past and present struggles of Tower Hamlets. This research included investigating The Battle of Cable Street, the polititian George Landsbury, visionary architect Cedric Price, the Suffragettes and The Match Girls Strike.
Year 2 culminated in a celebration for the schools at Chisenhale Gallery where their work was exhibited in the gallery and they swapped badges made by Ewan in response to her time spent at each school.
Stemming from the residency, Ruth Ewan subsequently presented Dreadnoughts a series of guided walking tours around East London led by invited specialists, presented as part of Chisenhale Gallery's Offsite programme.
Chisenhale Gallery received an investment from Deutsche Bank and Arts & Business to develop A Sense of Place. The Arts & Business Investment Programme was funded by Arts Council England.