I recently had the great personal and professional pleasure to work with The Brick Box, a Community Interest Company currently working across London and in Bradford but constantly expanding their reach thanks to their determination to spread “art, love and magic” all over the world.
Ruling the roost, the Brick Box Ladies – a.k.a. co-directors Eleanor Barrett and Rosie Freeman – preside over a small army of artists of all denominations and project managers – like myself – who work collaboratively to infuse under-used public spaces with a new lease of life. Their latest projects include the A13 Green in Canning Town (a village green complete with fairy-lit bandstand under a concrete flyover), the Light Fantastic in Thamesmead and the Electric Fireside in Little Germany, Bradford – and most recently the event I contributed to, the Big Draw by the River in Nine Elms. There are tons of photos and videos on their website (they’ve got their marketing priorities nailed down and always employ top-notch photographers and videographers) so I’ve pinched a few to include in between each question and show off their fantastic work.
1. Your next event is Light Night Canning Town on 29 November 2014. What’s a typical day right now?
Busy! We’re ramping up marketing and press, trying to get the word out far and wide. We’ve got such a fantastic programme we want to make sure lots of people come and enjoy it. We’re also making daily prayers for good weather!
2. You’ve been organising events for several years now. What gets easier with time? And what doesn’t?
It’s been 4 and a half years as The Brick Box, far longer in different incarnations. It’s easier to work out budgets, have an idea of what an event might be like, and pack gaffer tape! What doesn’t get easier? Worrying that no one will come!
3. Before, during or after an event – what’s your favourite moment, the one that makes it all worth it?
Definitely during an event – it’s great to see people enjoying themselves and taking part in the things we hoped they would.
4. What other event(s) would you love to attend as audience member?
5. Who would be your dream artist(s) to collaborate with?
And finally, hot off the editing bench, here’s a little film of the Big Draw day by Tomo Brody.