Made in Hayes

Denicke-Polcher, Sandra and Ng, Jen (2018) Made in Hayes. [Image]


In 2012 John McDonnell MP invited The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design to propose and establish public arts and architecture projects in Hayes: “We want to explore the potential for launching over the next few years a series of public arts projects in Hayes that could create a focal point for community activity." CASS Projects asked students and tutors to propose and deliver a series of ‘live projects’. These took place in Hayes between 2012 and 2017. Students worked directly with clients to develop project briefs, and in some cases, delivered realisations of their projects. presents the student projects, student events and student realisations (projects that were realised) in response to this invitation to a wide internet community. They are grouped and presented into four Hayes areas: the High Street, the Austin Estate (a town centre housing estate), around the Grand Union Canal, and Industry and the Station.

Project clients were groups nominated by Hayes Town Partnership and local communities: these included housing estate residents, The Sharks canoeing club, young people “Not in Education Employment or Training” and local businesses. Audiences for the projects included Hayes residents and businesses, Cass Summer Show visitors, Hayes FM radio station listeners, canal festival attendees and local business and industry people.

Projects that were realised included: awards for volunteer play ambassadors, the Made in Hayes ‘shop’ that hosted workshops and exhibitions on the High Street, and ‘Record Player Orchestra’ events in London. Some projects that were proposed and initiated by students were taken up by the community groups and the received external funding. These include Susan Kudo’s ‘Austin Sewing Club’ at a local housing estate(funded by Hillingdon Community Trust and a local toy company), and Architecture Studio 3’s ‘Shelter for the Sharks’ canoeing club facilities within a residential scheme that has been recommended for planning approval. These projects achieved the aims of the Made in Hayes programme and have been taken up by the local community and become projects that are self-sustaining.

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