Shieldfield’s residents love their area. They compare it to Eastenders. The difference, though, is that Shieldfield lacks the communal spaces that allow Albert Square’s community to flourish. Without a residents’ or tenants’ association, it is also difficult for residents to make their feelings heard.
Shieldfield Art Works
A Methodist project is seeking to tackle these issues. Shieldfield Art Works (SAW) combines faith, art and community activism. Part church, part art gallery, part community space, SAW’s work builds community, showcases the area and stimulates the voice of residents on the issues affecting them.
Guided by local residents, SAW produces art which highlights the issues being faced by the local area. Whether guerrilla-planting of wheat around the estate to provoke discussion on the use of public land, filming the stories of the residents, or putting on an exhibition of prints based around the culture of using housing as a commodity, their art expresses the hopes and anxieties of the local community. They also teach on a module at the university which brings students and the local community together, building bonds.