Unique collaboration brings alternative energy to local community

Active Energy is a new intergenerational project involving an artist and engineers from UEL, a gallery, a local school and a group of senior citizens. Taking an exciting and fresh approach to issues facing the local community, students from Bow Boys Secondary School and members of the Geezers Club, a social society for older gentlemen, have got together with UEL and SPACE Studios to take advantage of both the university’s expertise and facilities to address the increasingly high-profile issue of alternative energy.

In collaboration with artist and Director of cSPACE Loraine Leeson and using UEL’s MAGICbox prototyping laboratory and design engineer Toby Borland and Professor of Control Engineering, Stephen Dodds, the inspirational partnership of young and old has designed and built a wind turbine to power a temporary light installation which will be fitted to the roof of Age Concern at Appian Court in Bow. The turbine will be officially launched on Tuesday 23 March at 1pm.

Loraine Leeson said: “What is really exciting about this initiative is that it is able to tackle important environmental issues from a range of perspectives, with the potential to effect change on many different levels. It also demonstrates how the world-class talent and facilities at UEL are not the exclusive preserve of our students but can be used to bring positive change to our local community.”

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SPACE supports over 600 artists in 17 studio buildings across London as well as providing dynamic environments where individuals and communities can engage in creative processes. SPACE provides ‘space to create’: supporting the creation of art through the provision of creative environments; ‘space to engage’: programmes that widen engagement in artistic practices; and ‘space to develop’: supporting the development of creative individuals and communities.


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