Through audio recording, dialogue and listening Stories from Gillett Square aims to document and illustrate the diverse ways that Gillett Square in Dalston, London is experienced. Interviews will be carried out with the many people who pass through the square, and their stories and experiences made available for visitors to listen to.

For many people Gillett Square is important as a social hub, work place, a venue for leisure, entertainment and learning. Stories from Gillett Square will document the many experiences and opinions that meet in this public space, giving voice to the complexity of its social interactions. Through lifting the lid on this public space, we hope to expose a complex world that infrequent visitors and passers-by might not otherwise experience.

The interviews are available via this website and there will be an installation within the square with audio from the project. The installation is a bench designed and built by architect Laure Ledard from RARA co-operative and Oliver Coles. The design of the bench is similar to much of the street furniture in the UK, but with headphone jack points that enable people to listen to the audio from the project (over 50 interviews between 1 and 5 minutes long). Two / three people will be able to sit on the bench and up to eight people will be able to listen to the audio at any one time. The audio will be powered by solar panels fitted into the bench.

Material was also produced for Hackney CVS as part of their Community Insight project. CLICK HERE to find out more!

Stories from Gillett Square is led by Fiacha O’Dubdha and Alexandra Parry and supported by:

  • Hackney Cooperative Developments
  • The West Hackney Parochial  Charity
  • The Vortex Foundation
  • Hackney CVS