Leading up to ‘Know Your Home’, check out ‘Food Glorious Food’ in White City.

Monday 5th March

Dr Bike workshop & RCA|CC ride from South Kensington to White City

5th March: Dr Bike, Howie St Battersea & Jay Mews, Kensington 11-3pm
SK – WC RCA|CC ride to the Know Your Home exhibition Private View, Kensington, 4:15pm
Free cycle maintenance and safety advice by bike professionals in Kensington and Battersea!
Rid your bikes from squeaky chains and flat tires between 11-3pm.
Join the RCA|CC to cycle from Kensington to White City for the ‘Know Your Home’ exhibition opening!
Meet up and depart from outside the Stevens building at 4.15pm
– participants can hire Santander bikes by RCA in South Kensington.
– The RCACC crew Masa, Henry, and Becky will lead and guide everyone to White City.
The cycle is approximately 30 minutes and we’ve heard that there’s cold beers being served at the exhibition opening to quench your thirst.

Re-framing Sustainability as a Tool for Creativity

5th March: White City Cafe, 11am-12.30pm

Calling all Interior Designers!

Would you like a quick and simple way to learn about sustainability? Would you like to help shape how we might approach sustainability in the future?

This workshop will introduce and re-frame sustainability as a tool for creativity. We will discuss key sustainability concepts relating specifically to interior design, then use the concepts to re-design a common interior element (one that appears in almost every interior out there!)

Your participation and feedback will contribute directly to the ongoing development of a novel sustainable design approach for interior designers.

Tea & biscuits will be provided. No prior knowledge of sustainability is required.

Alison P. O’Reilly came to Global Innovation Design (GID) with an ambition to develop and test innovative, sustainable and socially responsible solutions for application within the built environment. Before joining GID, Alison spent 10 years leading commercial interior design projects, from concept to completion, for a wide range of commercial clients in both Canada and the UK. During her position as Associate at Sheppard Robson, Alison led the interiors sustainability team, spearheading the annual Green Week and providing theoretical and practical guidance to staff. Alison is certified in RICS SKA Ratings for Commercial Offices and BREEAM for Refurbishment and Fit-out, both environmental rating systems for the built environment.

Know Your Home | Exhibitions Private View

5th March: White City Cafe, 5-7pm

Click here to see details about the exhibitions taking place in White City.

Film RCA presents: FLOOD

5th March: Red Room, White City, 7pm – 9pm

Timely yet terrifying, The Flood predicts the unthinkable. When a raging storm coincides with high seas it unleashes a colossal tidal surge, which travels mercilessly down England’s East Coast and into the Thames Estuary. Overwhelming the Barrier, torrents of water pour into the city. The lives of millions of Londoners are at stake. Top marine engineers and barrier experts Rob, his ex-wife Sam and his father Leonard Morrison, have only a few hours to save the city from total devastation. A real probability in a real location. It is not a question of if, but when London floods.

Tuesday 6th March

Sustainable Fashion : Visible Mending and altering clothes

6th March: 3D Make Space, White City, 2pm – 5pm

The workshop will include exploratory sashiko stitch mending, experimental embroidery and patchwork workshop on clothes. Participants will explore various ways to use the sashiko and other stitches in mending to create patterns in a way that enhances their clothes. Participants are also encouraged to bring in clothes they would like to change in some way (changing the neckline, shape, length, wanting to block print patterns on, etc…) as the workshop will also include group feedback on possible alterations and re-use.

Ceyda Oskay is an artist who works across media and often prints, weaves, dyes, stitches and alters textiles for her conceptual installations. She has exhibited her work in the US, UK, Greece, Turkey, Kuwait, Iceland, and other, has worked in the humanitarian field for over ten years, and will be leading a workshop on peace building and the arts in Georgia this summer. She will also be leading a workshop on Hannah Hoch’s collages at Oxford University in March.

Film RCA presents – Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

6th March: Red Room, White City, 7pm – 9pm

Feminist thinker and historian of science Donna Haraway is best known as the author of two revolutionary works: the essay “The Cyborg Manifesto” and the book Primate Visions. Both set out to upend well-established “common sense” categories: breaking down the boundaries among humans, animals, and machines while challenging gender essentialism; and questioning the underlying assumptions of humanity’s fascination with primates through a post-colonial lens.

Donna Haraway: Story Telling For Earthly Survival features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller, and the film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including the capitalism and the anthropocene (a term she uses but finds troubling), science fiction writing as philosophical text, kinship relations, the roles of storytelling and Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives. It is a remarkably impressive range, from a thinker with a nimble and curious mind.

Tickets available here.

Wednesday 7th March

Tour of Phoenix School Farm & Workshop

7th March: Depart from White City at 2pm

Growing Plants- Growing People – Growing Communities.

Occupying nearly an acre of land in White City, Phoenix School Farm is a beautiful space for the community to enjoy.  Come and discover a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants as well as chickens, bees, rabbits and guinea pigs.  After a tour of the site and an introduction to the project you will have the opportunity to plant some salad seeds and micro greens to take away with you.
Katie Shaw will be leading the tour. Katie is the Operations Manager at Hammersmith Community Gardens Association and has been with the charity for six years, managing the charity’s community gardens, volunteer programme, communications and community outreach.  She is particularly focused on decreasing social isolation and mental health problems by bringing people together outside as well as bringing nature into daily life for everyone, especially families.  Her background is in ecology and is therefore keen to manage HCGA sites to increase biodiversity as well as promoting green initiatives locally.

Approximate return to RCA at 3.30pm

RCA Staff and Students are welcome to turn up on the day or sign up here.

Thursday 8th March

Paper Gastronomist

8th March: GH 230 White City, 2pm – 3:30pm

Madina Mukhtarova presents an open, interactive discussion based around the process  and possibilities of hand-made paper-making and what it can be made of.
Pickled beetroot, mango and sugar peas are amongst many of the ingridients that you will find.
All paper is made out of recycled materials and contains no glue.
Madina Mukhtarova is currently studying MA Print (School of Fine Art and Humanities. Her practice involves text, print, traditional crafts such as knitting and cross-stitching and music. Madina Mukhtarova studied BA Fine Art: Print and Time-Based Media at Wimbledon College of Art, 2014-2017.

SUSTAINLab RCA presents

8th March: SustainLab Pecha Kucha X White City Cafe, 2pm – 3pm
SustainLab will bring its popular Pecha Kucha ‘anti-crit’ format to White City, with students from the School of Communication sharing their work in quick-fire, visual presentations, and drawing out diverse and critical perspectives on sustainability. Full line-up TBA soon.
Eventbrite link here.
8th March: RCA WasteHack, White City Cafe, 3pm – 5pm
Since the start of the year, the SustainLab crew have been asking questions, making investigations and researching what really happens to all the waste we put in bins at RCA – where does it go next, what happens to it? We’ll be sharing what we’ve learnt, and then passing the baton over to student teams for a 60-minute design challenge to come up with innovations to improve and reduce our waste at RCA. We’ll then present your ideas to senior management – come and get involved!
Eventbrite link here.
8th March: SustainLab film shorts, GH012 White City, 5pm – 6pm

Come and wrap up your Thursday with a mixed bag of short but powerful documentaries picked out to provoke discussion on the desperate  topics around sustainability, from the backstage of the fast fashion industry and consumer electronics, to critiques on our global political and economic systems, and the infinite potential of every little bit.

Eventbrite link here.

Susannah Hall – Home and community: how can we be at home with Nature?

8th March: GH 010 White City, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Permablitz London uses permaculture as a design science to create edible gardens that work with rather than against nature. This workshop will examine how we can design spaces that mimic nature thereby contributing to the natural ecosystems around us. We will also look at the implications of mimicking the symbiotic relationships that exist in the natural world in the human communities around us and how this could contribute to a sense of togetherness rather than isolation at home?
Susannah Hall is a gardener, permaculture designer and community organiser with Permablitz London. Permablitz London organises edible garden makeovers where groups of people get together to transform private and community gardens. Using the principle of reciprocity people can have a permablitz at their space once they have helped out at a few permablitzes.
RCA Staff and Students are welcome to turn up on the day or sign up here.

Friday 9th March

Know Your Home – Symposium, White City

Click here to get the full schedule for the symposium