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Clays Lane Archive at Supplement Gallery and Bethnal Green Library

Supplement | Clays Lane Live Archive
Opening Reception at the Gallery: Tuesday 14th August, 6 – 9 pm
The exhibition is open daily 12 – 6 pm until Sunday 19th August,
The Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition and event series at Supplement and the Bethnal Green Library marks the culmination of a four-year long research project by Adelita Husni-Bey, with invited curation by Shama Khanna. Working with ex-residents the live archive maps the history of the Clays Lane housing co-operative from its founding in 1982 through to its demolition in 2007 ahead of the regeneration work planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For more information please visit Supplementgallery and Clays Lane Live Archive on Facebook

Clays Lane Live Archive | Off-site Events Programme
Friday 10th – Thursday 16th August

On the occasion of the Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition at Supplement the following events will take place at Bethnal Green Library (unless otherwise stated) between 10th – 16th August. All events are free but booking is essential as space is limited, please RSVP to rsvp@supplementgallery.co.uk specifying which event(s) you wish to attend in the body of your email.

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Filed under: events, housing

The Clays Lane Archive

The Clays Lane Archive will be at

Supplement Gallery

Opening Reception: Tuesday14th August, 6 – 9 pm
The exhibition is open daily 12 – 6 pm until Sunday 19th,

Bethnal Green Library

Off-site Events Programme 11th-19th August – more details of these events to follow

This presentation of the Clays Lane Live Archive at Supplement and the Bethnal Green Library marks the culmination of a four-year long research project by Adelita Husni-Bey curated into an exhibition and event series by invited Curator Shama Khanna. The archive maps the history of the Clays Lane housing co-operative founded in 1977 and its hasty demolition ahead of the regeneration work planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Filed under: events, housing

London 2012 legacy: the battle begins on a Newham estate

The Guardian, 13 June 2012

For some, the aftermath of the Olympic Games could bring eviction and disruption, for others, it is a chance to transform their lives and businesses.

Competing views about East End life after London 2012 are sharply crystalised amid the public housing architecture of the Carpenters estate in Stratford, which stands on the fringe of the Olympic Park, overlooked by the red spirals of the Orbit tower.

The vision of the planners, led by Newham council’s ebullient Labour executive mayor, Sir Robin Wales, is for the Carpenters to make way for a new campus for University College London (UCL), enhancing the life prospects of the neighbourhood and enriching hard-up Newham as a whole.

An estate resident, Mary Finch, takes a bleaker line: “I think that the Olympics has lost me my home.” She has lived on the Carpenters for 40 years and is disinclined to depart quietly. “I think they’re gonna have to come in here and drag me out. Why should somebody be able to force you out of your home? A home that’s got nothing wrong with it, that’s standing solid? I do not want to go.”

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Filed under: housing, Olympic legacy

Want to cleanse your city of its poor? Host the Olympics

Ceasefire Magazine, 12 April 2012

Hosting the Olympics is often presented to us as an ideologically neutral opportunity to boost tourism and sports. In a thought-provoking piece Ceasefire Magazine’s Ashok Kumar outlines a clear and consistent, yet barely noticed, pattern of the Games being used to fundamentally restructure the host City to the purposeful exclusion of its working class and ethnic minority residents.

As London prepares to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, startlingly little critique has surfaced in the mainstream press. With the exception of the trivial issue of ticket prices, most of the city remains transfixed, internalising the dominant narrative. This process precedes each Olympic games, one that is written and distributed by and for the real Olympic profiteers; a nexus of powerful interests that sees both short and long term gains in each host city.

This highly profitable, publicly subsidised, sporting event always attracts the major, and wannabe major, cities of the world, using any and all methods to entice an unaccountable Olympic committee, each flexing their political muscle to ensure theirs is the next chosen location. The Olympics take billions of pounds, yen, dollars of their host countries’ tax revenue to build magnificent stadiums and housing facilities, militarise the citytrample civil liberties and construct elaborate installations with shelf lives of a few weeks.

London 2012, originally expected to cost £2.4bn, is now projected at £24bn, with contracts going to some of the world’s most egregious employers and global human rights violators. Some on the left have been critical of the massive transfer from public to private at a time of austerity. The London overspend has been portrayed by officials as a one-off, but a glance at the history of the Olympics shows that underestimating the cost is a consistent part of the Olympic experience.

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Filed under: housing, Olympic legacy, public space, the problem with the Olympics

Carpenter’s Residents Association (CARP)

http://www.facebook.com/carpvoice

Filed under: campaigns, housing


Whose Games? Whose City?

NO LIMOS! NO LOGOS! NO LAUNCHERS!


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

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