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The Old Waterworks Relaunch

We are excited to be regularly reopening our doors, kicking off with a relaunch event on Saturday 31 August, 12-6pm!

Throughout the day our new library is accessible to browse, a collaboration with Grrrl Zine Fair and The Agency of Visible Women. TOW's risograph printer will be up and running for you to print your own poster, and a drop in zine making workshop will be running on the day too.

We are also very excited to have a new work in progress showing at the relaunch and throughout September. my inner ear could no longer take those limitless seas/These supple waters by Emily Hawes is the first iteration--comprising of four new responses--to a period of time spent learning about the Blackwater and Thames estuaries during her residency at the Old Waterworks in May 2019.

Alongside all of this we will have a veggie and vegan bbq, where you can enjoy a hot dog or burger sat amongst the vegetable garden in our outside courtyard, which has been a collaboration with local permaculture practitioner Graham Burnett. In the courtyard there is part of another work in progress by Gabriella Hirst, titled 'How to Make a Bomb', a durational gardening project centred on the propagation and redistribution of a nearly-extinct species of garden rose which was created and registered under the name ‘Rosa Atom Bomb’ in 1953.

One of TOW's studio artists, Laurence Harding, will also be leading a free cyanotype printing drop in taster session throughout the day. So you’ll be able to make your own prints to take away!

After the relaunch we will be heading down to Twenty One Southend for a performance evening from graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute.

All welcome.

The venue is accessible via a ramp. Toilets aren’t currently wheelchair accessible yet, please email if you have any questions.