CALLY RSVP is a Public Wisdom project from Cubitt Education inviting local people over 55 to respond creatively to the Council’s plans for the redevelopment of Caledonian Road.
Elders and Community Coordinator Eleanor Shipman is inviting local people over 55 to a series of creative sessions to explore and share their imaginative responses through talking, walking, drawing, sign-writing and photography. The group will also host a market stall on Caledonian Road where they will be conducting vox-pop interviews with local people as well as creating temporary sign posts for real and imaginary local places.
The feedback and results gathered through this project will be fed back to Islington Council as well as potentially developing into proposals for future temporary or permanent public artwork or creative urban interventions.
For the third session of CALLY RSVP we probed further into our initial observations of the area, considering both our first thoughts and our findings from the photography walk last week. We began conversations around public art, considering what makes interesting interventions in the public realm and how we might be able to incorporate those into our project.
In terms of more significant changes to the area, everyone was in agreement that local resources such as libraries, the overground station, the post office, public toilets, etc were not obvious when walking in the area, so improved signage was a real focus in our discussion. We discussed the pros and cons of different examples of creative signage and public art, and thought about how they could be applied to what we are doing – or what we could do in future.
We also thought about how to engage more isolated local older people, and what might be important to them in the public realm. Of course we would ideally like to ask them ourselves, so we discussed the approaches we might take to initiating these conversations and the challenges around making the Cally a truly accessible area for all.