Putting the art into community partnerships
Anyone who’s ever met Bablu Miah, founder of Trapped in Zone One (TIZ1), knows that grass never grows under his feet, not even in lockdown. He is one of the most community-minded people I’ve ever met, and I’m continually amazed at what he and creative director Natalia Suvorova accomplish with scarce resources. They’re both all about creativity and connecting with people, and here’s just some of what they’ve been up to recently:
Just Type Covid-19 Fundraiser
Several lettering artists have donated prints for this fundraiser in aid of Bow Food Bank and First Love Foundation. The fundraiser will continue through June with all of the proceeds split 50/50 between the two organisations and you can buy prints on the website. They’ve also got prints available to raise money for Art Against Knives.
Amplifier Open Call
TIZ1 has recently joined the global open call for art by Amplifier, a global public-health awareness project in response to #Covid19, by putting forward the bespoke stained glass work from Annahita Hessami of Cut Glass Studio and Philip Bradbury Glass.
Over the past several months TIZ1 has been working with the youth at Forest Gate Youth Zone as a part of Shape Newham, a council initiative to engage residents in finding ways to improve public spaces in various parts of the borough through art. During the course of the project, participants from the Youth Zone were invited to work together with lettering and graffiti artist
@fourlettercword to come up with a mural design for the outside of the building. Lots of ideas were exchanged and it was especially good to see these young people so engaged with the project. The project is on hold for the time being for obvious reasons, and we look forward to when it can be brought to fruition.
FYI: Illuminating Awareness of Homelessness
This exhibition was a collaboration with Cut Glass Studio and featured several artists in aid of YMCA North London, running initially at Great Art in Kingsland Road in November and then this past March in Crouch End.
Trapped in Zone One is a BAME led arts collective that engages with community groups and organisations through creative practices to help and improve the wellbeing of London’s diverse communities. They do this by hosting workshops and exhibitions, as well as curating public murals in England and across Europe. TIZ1 has worked with a number of graffiti and lettering artists, using creativity to break down barriers and bring people together.
Images courtesy of Trapped in Zone One; main image: Alex Cullen – Solidarity (in aid of YMCA North London)