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11/07/19

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I had a the absolute pleasure of watching the yr 7 drama class performing Henry V at the Globe today - such an amazing experience for them (and they were awesome), truly🎭❤️

11/07/19

Proud of the contribution of each and every one: brilliant competitors; awesome training and support from PE team. I hope you all heard the screams of support from the stands!

11/07/19

Another brilliant Harris Federation sports days and another amazing result for Overall girls winners 2019 🥇

10/07/19

students learn about tectonic hazards during a trip to . They loved the interactive workshop called ‘Rocks the world', where they explored the properties of the Earth's mantle using custard and created their own ! https://t.co/Rsh52qdHkl

09/07/19

Free event for girls aged 13+. Come to a celebration of women in STEM at a special panel discussion with . Wed 31 July, 11am-2.30pm. Free food! Find out how people begin their STEM careers https://t.co/ikmJQvPmsw https://t.co/jVum1ho5SN

03/07/19

Are you aged 16–21 and looking to develop new skills this summer? The has a new summer programme called Greengross Creatives. Find out more at https://t.co/OuUazFqX8a. It looks good! Deadline for applications is 11 July. https://t.co/nDavHj06yk

28/06/19

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Thank you to all the representatives from local secondary school's who met with our parents, carers and children from Year 4 and Year 5 for our Secondary transition workshop. and Kingsdale. https://t.co/3KW71muEBb

27/06/19

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24/06/19

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24/06/19

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21/06/19

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Tomorrow! Hairytage the final cut, the culmination of a creative research project exploring . Performance inspired by creative conversations https://t.co/cyFRZqw93t

16/06/19

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16/06/19

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11/06/19

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10/06/19

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10/06/19

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04/06/19

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01/06/19

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23/05/19

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22/05/19

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Posted on July 10th 2019

'Hairytage' Project Comes to South London Gallery

A special event at the South London Gallery in June marked the end of a year-long art project, Hairytage, in which students have been collaborating on a project inspired by artist Alix Bizet to explore the significance of hair in Afro-Caribbean communities in Peckham.

Alix started by asking students and teachers to collect combings from their own hair, which she spun into a yarn (pictured below) to represent the diversity of the school.

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Alix Bizet (left) and Clare Stanhope, Head of Art, with yarn spun from hair collected by students and teachers.


Students also photographed and filmed hairdressers in Peckham to explore the significance of hair in Afro culture, while an embroidery workshop looked at how the hair can be used to create new objects.

Starting conversations

“The Hairytage project is all about using creative art practices to open up conversations,” says Clare Stanhope, Head of Art. “In this case it’s about issues of identity and also community issues such as gentrification that are driving change in Peckham.”

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At the South London Gallery event, Alix Bizet, who is the school’s artist in residence this year, said: “Hair is a material that I work with as a social designer which allows me to look at different aspects of society but which also allows me to tackle some serious and difficult socio-political issues, such as beauty standards, racism, discrimination and gender equality.”

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As part of the project, students had workshops with a range of people including artists, academics and poets – led by Year 13 students. They also met local residents to discuss their memories of Peckham and how they feel about how things are changing, and worked with other students across the school, such as Geography and English students, to see how their interests overlapped with the project.

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The project included student-led workshops with a range of people including artists, academics and poets.


Students then used yarn made from their hair to create an embroidered garment to capture what they had learned and explored and turn it into a living archive that people can wear, see, touch and retell the memories of people from Peckham as well as add future stories.

“Essence of community”

At the South London Gallery event, students created a dramatic performance depicting the hair salons of Peckham, and attaching images and quotes from throughout the workshops on to a hair-embroidered gown.

Speaking at the event, student Ria said: "When people come together to share their thoughts from across classes, across genders, across cultures and across age ranges, people become empowered. We learn that it is important to listen to each other, to collaborate. By sharing spaces, we learn that there is more that connects us than divides us. And that is the essence of community. That is the essence of the Hairytage project.”

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The gown (pictured above) will now become a living archive that can be displayed or worn as a record of the Hairytage project.

“This has been such an exciting project that has taken off in directions none of us could have predicted,” said Ms Stanhope. “One of the aims of projects like this is to show that we can’t always control outcomes or know in advance where things will take us. Hair itself becomes a metaphor of something that grows, but can be taken or dislocated and moved elsewhere to create something new and unexpected.”

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This was the first major project to be developed through the Centre for Creative Explorations, which is based at HGAED. This was also the first time the centre had received outside funding to support the project, from Southwark Council.

The school would like to thank all the people who made Hairytage possible including Alix Bizet, South London Gallery, Copeland Gallery, Peckham Levels, South London Gallery, and Southwark Council.


A timeline of the Hairytage project

  • January 2018 – School appoints artist in residence Alix Bizet
  • September 2018 – Hairytage event at Copeland Gallery, part of the Peckham Festival
  • October 2018 – Hairytage event at Peckham Levels for Black History Month
  • June 2019 – Performance at South London Gallery to close the project