COLOURWORXX is a new magazine from Colour Your City, which will investigate colour and space, exploring how colour can be used to transform cities and spaces around the world.
The magazine will cover colour-centric art and experiences, collaborative spatial design practices, creative use of meanwhile space, trends in art + architecture, community engagement and wellbeing.
Colour Your City is a London-based organisation with a global network, dedicated to using the power of colour to improve cities, and bring together space, creativity and community. We work with city makers and shapers, and engage with citizens and professionals.
Your call to colour!
With your help we can realise the vision to beautifully share many of the learnings from the work of Colour Your City so far, as well as have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into a myriad of relevant themes connected to our recent work at The Cause, including mental health and wellbeing.
Colour is a giant topic with under-utilised potential to foster citizenship, solidarity, sharing, caring, love, self-expression, and greater wellbeing. Especially in times of economic / political uncertainty and social unease, we need more than ever to learn how to use the power of colour to effect real positive changes in our lives, communities and cities. To use colour as a tool of connection and creativity.
In order to make this magazine happen, we need support from our community of people interested in colour, and keen to see greater wellbeing in cities and spaces across the globe. Join us on this colourful journey and back the campaign now!
Editorial themes of COLOURWORXX
The magazine will focus on themes such as:
- The power of colour to transform space and promote cohesion - to become a potent tool of collective reimagination, creativity and placemaking.
- Collaborative spatial design - what have Colour Your City learnt through multi-disciplinary arts projects, about multi-sensorial and embodied design practice and how to bring teams together on it.
- Pink Portals - a project review and interview with artist Antonis Papamichael, who led the striking Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and gaming inspired redesign of Room 2 at The Cause.
- Meanwhile use spaces - how can these in-between-lives spaces be utilised to serve culture and community? We'll include celebrations and lessons from The Cause and Ashley House site, hearing directly from the faces behind the North London club and creative hub.
- Trends in art and culture and how they can be applied - such as the unabated rise of multi-sensory immersive and colour-centric experiences, and what that means for the future of city design.
- Colour Chat - what we can learn from open conversations with citizens and professionals about colour and urban space. Hear stories from installations in London, Berlin and Durban.
We are often contacted by people from around the world who are hungry for knowledge in this area. This publication will address this, alongside several urgent needs: to design cities and spaces which serve our wellbeing, to foster mutual respect, empathy and community, and discover how colour can be a powerful tool of transformation. There is also a need for joined-up thinking, inter-disciplinary collaborative working and knowledge exchange.
This is exactly what we'll be sharing. Real insights from real projects. Collaborative spatial design innovations. Stories from citizens, city players and creatives. A focus on collective cohesion and expression. There is a need to rapidly close gaps in understanding, and remove short-sighted thinking that has long-term detriment when it comes to urban design. Especially in our days and times where there is movement away from outmoded silo-thinking, and greater recognition of the importance of wellbeing in decision-making (not only economic factors). We hope our insights and stories will help facilitate greater understanding of colour's potential in making & shaping cities. A magazine is an effective way of pulling together these strands of thought, and presenting them in a beautiful visual way.
Check out how large-scale public art can transform spaces and streets, with this recap of our collaboration with Camille Walala for Well Street Market E9:
Developed by Colour Your City
Colour Your City are dedicated to transforming urban space with colour to enrich environments and improve wellbeing. We believe dynamic, playful and imaginative urban spaces coupled with the positive use of colour can improve wellbeing.
We do this by delivering public art, immersive installations and workshops, providing specialist chromatic advice, conducting research, and creative placemaking. We work across the arts with city makers and shapers, organisations and individuals keen to unlock new ways to use colour to generate greater wellbeing. Based in London, we work with a global colour community.
About the Editor: Cath Carver
Hello! I'm an artist, writer and the Founder of Colour Your City. My artistic practice spans disciplines such as photography, film, sound art, music production, ecstatic dance, writing and civic engagement. My background is in trend forecasting, music and fashion.
In late 2011 I created Colour Your City. Since then, I've have led on research projects investigating the impact of colour in the built environment, facilitated colour workshops and curated collaborative site-specific work, such as installations and the redesign of public+indoor spaces in London, Berlin and Durban. Working with colour-focused creatives and organisations, such as Camille Walala, Hackney Council, Blippar, PatternNation and the Museum of Colours in Berlin.
You will support us to complete a 360 process of:
- content commissions and creative briefs
- special features such as artist interviews and topical
- research and reporting
- design and layout (we're in very good hands & super excited to have Antonis Papamichael on board with us as lead designer)
- photography & illustration: specially commissioned images
- publication: printing a limited edition run and creating of a downloadable resource for online viewing
- 1st - 30th October 2019 Crowdfunding campaign
- Late November - December 2019 Event series at The Cause as part of live research
- January - February 2020 Preparing content: writing, editing, imagery, photography
- 21st March 2020 Publication of COLOURWORXX magazine on the International Day of Colour!
We would love your support to help make all of this happen, so get involved and back colour!
The Site Story
We started working with The Cause earlier this year. It's a temporary DIY space based in a former car mechanics depot in Tottenham, which celebrates dance music culture, London nightlife, independent business and positive mental health. The site has evolved into a thriving ecosystem of independent business and community radio station Threads. In the spring of 2019, there was a striking redesign of Room 2. Using UV paint, a new and radically altered experience was created. The CAD and gaming inspired redesign was led by artist Antonis Papamichael.
“This project has shown the incredible power of imagination and art to transform venues. We’ve received amazing feedback, and it’s become a much more interesting and joyful place for people to visit.” Cath Carver - Founder, Colour Your City
In January 2020, The Cause will close its doors after 18 months of meanwhile use. We have a final short window of time at the site to build on this success, and make use of the space in between its past life as a car mechanics depot and future life after redevelopment.
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- Twitter: @colouryourcity
- Soundcloud: Colour Carver
Now it's time for you to get involved: together let's explore how colour can be used to help make a real difference and create more imaginative environments to live in, which serve our joy and communities!
Risks and challenges
We've identified a few key challenges as:
- opening people to the powerful potential of colour in their lives
- destigmatisation of mental health
- how to bring people together
- knowledge gap
- meeting budget constraints to pay artists and creatives fairly / living wage
Colour Your City are about having global impact in urban spaces and cities. This is a locally-focused project, which seeks to distill the learnings and be able to channel them more widely, and therefore enable wider application.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter