The City is a challenge, it now has barely over 1,000 residents. Images of old London heaving with traders, street venders, Dickensian characters is long gone. On a week end it' feels almost deserted, all the shops are closed and the pedestrian traffic is tiny. Week days is another matter, 300,000 city workers descend on the relatively small square mile The division between the resident area and one of the world's major financial capital is palpable.
The parallel project will run from February 2016 through the whole year. I am, at this stage, pretty certain it will be some form of Empty Gallery. The Gallery concept was conceived as a vehicle to bring communities together through developing an exhibition of art, heritage and performance that explores and expresses a community's past, present and future. It is also a means by which the community's ideas can further contribute towards informing a play script. By October we will have a programme planned to submit to the Heritage Lottery.