In the spring of 2015 The Brick Box were commissioned by Peabody to help them consult Thamesmead residents on the Thamesmead Futures Plan. The brief was to devise, produce and facilitate creative consultations, which will allow people to share their views, aspirations and concerns about the area.

The project involved an in-depth engagement phase and culminated in five events: four ‘Make Yourself at Home’ days in different community halls, and the Thamesmead Fete at Southmere Lake which marked the end of the first ever Thamesmead Arts Festival. Peabody staff were at each of the events, meeting residents, discussing the plans and capturing feedback.

Activities included:

  • Performances by The Frimpong Sisters, The Pointer Singers, The Thamesmead Christian Fellowship Church Gospel Choir, Dynamix Street Dance, The Gents and Ida Barr.
  • Folk Dance Remixed – a groundbreaking company creating unique fusions between folk and hip hop with live music.
  • The Living Room – a mobile living room to chat about what home means to you over a cuppa, in association with the brilliant Thamesmead Furniture Recycle.
  • Karaoke Sock Puppets – four iconic sock characters miming to songs of your choice.
  • Glam your Gloves – jazz up your marigolds and deck out your dustpan for in-house glamour.
  • Glitter Poo – the installation which literally divided the crowds.
  • Battersea Cats and Dogs Home – advice, free mirco-chipping and identity tags.
  • The Toast Temple – praising the majesty of the Golden Slice and celebrate the art in everyday life with toast done exactly the way you like it.
  • Harry’s Darts
  • Tai chi and hula hooping
  • The Camera Obscura
  • Florence’s Nigerian Suya
  • Knackered Nana’s Nick Nack’s Stall