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Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

Narrow Marsh Residents Group

In 2016, we invited artist and designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad to lead The City Questions; a series of walks, workshops and discussions looking at who participates in shaping our city and how these processes are generated in Nottingham City Centre.

After the summer, we approached Nottingham City Homes (NCH) to establish a partnership to discuss how we could work together to build stronger relationships with our neighbours. Through the Arts Council England’s Catalyst Fund, we commissioned Bahbak to develop the project with us and residents from the area historically known as Narrow Marsh.

Narrow Marsh, which consists mainly of Cliff Road and Sherwood Close, is a residential area in the heart of Nottingham’s South, right next to the back of our building. Whilst we got the project off the ground, redevelopment plans for the area picked up considerably; the building of a brand-new college, the regeneration of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre and the city bus station all underway. The relationship to the changing cityscape became a major influence in this project; focusing on building connections with our neighbours to better understand the shared and differing views on the changes to our environment.

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad’s practice aims to critically engage participants within design processes. For the work with Narrow Marsh, he has been developing feedback loops involving housing associations, local authorities and residents to share interests, concerns, resources and ideas to positively intervene within the immediate developments. Bahbak’s approach to this project was influenced by his previous research into the Hyson Green Workshops; a citizen-led initiative which emerged in the 1970’s from the need of Hyson Green Flats’ residents to take action in shaping their environment.

Initially, through door-to-door invitations to Narrow Marsh residents, we delivered a series of events including a summer street party, play day, residents’ meetings, editorial sessions and visits to the local archives. These events influenced the formation of the “Narrow Marsh Residents Group” (NMRG) who have set up monthly meetings to discuss the present and future of the neighbourhood.

NMRG together with Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad and the team at Nottingham Contemporary, are working towards the “Narrow Marsh News” publication, which will launch in May 2018 and includes contributions by residents of the neighbourhood, featuring reviews on local initiatives, archival material, as well as practical information and open data on the urban development. It will be distributed for free throughout the area and available to pick up at Nottingham Contemporary.

Together with the NMRG and the rest of our neighbours we will continue gathering, talking and planning future events related to issues that affect us all as Nottingham citizens.

We will keep updating this site with more news and information. In the meantime, if you would like to know more, please contact Effy on effyharle@nottinghamcontemporary.org

 

 

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad’s design practice spans the domestic and public realm–from neighbourhood plans and spaces to recipes, games and objects. His practice draws on play theory and defamiliarisation as tools for developing methodologies that critically engage publics within design processes.

He has exhibited and conducted workshops extensively both in the UK
and internationally, including with the Serpentine Galleries, London; Liverpool Biennial; Shanghai Biennale; Tokyo Design Week; MACBA, Barcelona; LCCA, Riga; and CCA, Singapore.
He is the recipient of a number of international design awards and fellowships, and is part of Theatrum Mundi/Global Street, an international interdisciplinary research project from London School of Economics which brings architects, designers and artists together to re-imagine public space.
Hashemi-Nezhad holds an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, London where he currently leads a Masters platform focusing on participatory design.

 

Start Date
04-25-2018

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