Ratpack & Gnome Vision
Putting youth at the forefront of Gnome House’s future is our number one priority. So the Gnome House youth group – ‘The Ratpack’ – has met with youth worker, Lauren and myself, Chissola, to discuss the ongoing development of the Gnome House vision.
In summary we want Gnome House to be a safe space for young creative people to come and meet with other kids with similar interests.
While all the kids agreed that they currently miss seeing their friends the most they did not hold back from sharing their optimistic views for the future of Gnome House. Some suggestions included showcasing kids’ art to a wider audience, providing resources to support local student’s creating art in school and hosting art competitions. These discussions are important for us because it ensures that we help create the future of Gnome House.
We also explained that we all love the garden which provides fresh air in which the kids can take part in gardening activities. This summer we hope to create a mural on an outside wall to make the whole space feel more welcoming.
As well as the Ratpack, all the Gnome House user groups have been asked for their views on what’s going well at Gnome House and what improvements they’d like to see. So this means the whole community will play its part in shaping the future of Gnome House.
‘Inky kids Art’ and ‘Inky Cuttlefish Health & Wellbeing’ for adults have been meeting regularly on Zoom to make work that will be exhibited when lockdown ends. The linocut prints are the adults’ work and the sculptures were made by the kids.
Jane and Melissa, who run the Gnome House office, are working on an exciting event to take place on Sunday the 23rd of May to showcase some of the fantastic work being done in lockdown by Gnome House user groups. With art from Inky Cuttlefish, craft stalls, kids’ activities, Colombian food, coffee, drinks and live music on our lovely terrace as well as activities in the Gnome House garden. Featuring Mbilla Arts, Mulberry School of Dance, Hermanos Colombian Coffee, Jazz E17, William Morris Big Local, Organiclea and much more.
Gnome House has been showcasing films projected onto the café walls. This work has been shown on the ‘Illuminated Projections’ screen each evening which projects from the café space onto the Gnome House terrace. There is more to come so please keep an eye on social media!
Gnome House is currently closed, and we are carrying out essential works on the spaces during lockdown. Follow our social media pages to stay up to date with what’s happing at Gnome House!
I am the youth engagement worker at Gnome House and I am currently studying Geography at university. I help Lauren (our amazing Ratpack manager) with managing Gnome House Ratpack whilst being responsible for the virtual content you see.
Our vision is to create a welcoming and affordable community space with a wide range of accessible activities focussing on creativity and the arts.
The Gnome House Team
The Gnome House office is open from 10am-2pm Monday to Thursday.
Melissa: Virtual community centre and Illuminated
Jane: Space bookings
Lauren: Ratpack & space bookings
Tom: Facilities support
Board of Directors
Anna Alcock and Mark Burton are founding directors of Gnome House and work on a voluntary basis.
Chissola: Digital content
Isabella: Social media