F.A.T. Studio is a design studio / Community Interest Company based in a ex-retail space on Old Kent Road, South East London.
It's run by 6 friends who have different creative practices but a shared enthusiasm for community life and DIY culture.





Covid–19

HORRID Covid! Zine

During C19 lockdown, F.A.T. co-director Rachel worked with curator
Jessie Krish and events co-ordinator Mel Davies on an online zine called HORRID Covid! The zine was dedicated to the cultural side effects of coronavirus and gathered together contributions from people of all ages and situations, as well as artists, writers and researchers. The idea was to create a collective record of the world-shaking event that is Covid-19.

← Click to read the zine


Network

Creativity & Inclusion Network

F.A.T. co-director Natanya is the London Development Officer at
Voluntary Arts and runs Creativity and Inclusion 'a peer-support network that invites London based artists, freelancers, facilitators and space managers to drop into regular online meetings and support each other in making their practices more inclusive.'

Click to email Natanya about joining the next session.



Covid–19

Social story: returning to school

Schools continue to open and close due to Covid-19 and children with special educational needs (SEN) may need extra support during these transitionary times. F.A.T. co-director Rachel S. worked with educational psychologist
Dr Hannah Fleming to create a social story that can be read together with children with SEN.

Free downloads:

Digital pdf version
Printable a5 booklet version
Southwark

Southwark climate crisis
workshop booklets

These 6 workshop booklets were commissioned by Southwark Council as part of a bigger project which aimed to engage young people in conversations around the climate crisis and the impact it's having in our borough.

The booklets cover the topics of extreme temperatures, food shortages, flooding, air pollution, conflict & migration and sustainability. They are highly illustrative and are designed to present facts from Southwark's Annual Public Health Report, provide inspiration for action and stimulate open conversation.

All 6 booklets are available to download and come with a suggested workshop plan and supporting documents for teachers.

Free downloads via the
Southwark Council Website.

← You can also watch the animation here
Southwark

F.A.T. Studio – Peckham

In November 2019 we ran a month long programme of events at AMP Gallery in Peckham. We supported 30 emerging creatives to run participatory activities that opened up a part of their practice and shared it with a local audience. Over the course of the month we welcomed over 500 people of all ages and backgrounds into the space. We made many things and many friends :)
Covid–19 / Southwark

Southwark Rooms

Southwark Rooms was an online art project for Southwark residents who stayed at home during Covid-19. The project invited residents of all ages to reflect on the rooms they'd been living in throughout this remarkable time and make a personal artwork about their space. Local artists guided the project online and supported residents in their making. All artwork that got made was then exhibited side by side in a virtual gallery for the wider community to see and enjoy.

← Click here to visit the gallery


Covid-19

Let's 'Ear It

Let's 'Ear It is a creative research project that involves travelling around London with a giant ear strapped to our back. The aim is to listen to many people and invite them to share stories about how Covid-19 has effected their lives and their neighbourhoods. All those stories will (with permission) be added to an online exhibition and offline poster series.

The exhibition is designed to act as a type of formative research for a wider study coordinated by the London Schools of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The aim of the study is to deepen understanding about how London's neighbourhood environments can affect health and wellbeing. We hope that the project and related study will influence positive environmental change for Londoners across the city.

← Click to see the latest exhibition
Gif by the one and only Tommy Brentnall


We run the...
The Old Kent Road (OKR) Arts Club is a space for people living and working on Old Kent Road to get together, share skills and enjoy community life. We run free, regular clubs for teenagers and adults as well as community-led events and exhibitions.

Here is what is happening at the OKR Arts Club this month...
Joining and Booking Information
Joining Second Life Club is free! The club is aimed at local people are are interested in crafts. We meet every Wednesday evening, but can only host 10 people per session. We therefore ask you to join the club's Whatsapp group, where the weekly sessions can be signed up to. To join the club contact Natanya@fatstudio.co.uk
Joining Young Artists Club is is free for local people aged 15-18, but it's currently full (sorry!) To join the waiting list contact Kate@fatstudio.co.uk
All of our community platform events are free to attend.You'll need to book a place for some, but others are drop-in sessions where you can just turn up. To book a place for an event, click the spinning sticker above to go through to the Eventbrite page. For any more information contact Rachel@fatstudio.co.uk
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Old Kent Road Arts Club

Going Public, Workshop,
Evelina Hägglund, 2021

Going Public was a public sculpture workshop for young people based on Old Kent Road. Led by recent Goldsmiths MFA graduate Evelina Hägglund, the participating group first went on a walk around the area, exploring some of their favourite places and imagining public sculptures that could be made in response. Then the group came to the studio and worked with clay to make small models of their public sculptures. The models were then carried back out to the locations and photographed. The public sculptures then went on to live at the participants' homes, but can also be viewed by the public on Google Maps.

Going Public was part of a programme of workshops led by MFA students from Goldsmiths University at OKR Arts Club. The programme was initiated and co-organised by Goldsmiths MFA Curating student Ankita Mukherji.

← Click on the symbols to view the public sculptures at their locations on Google Maps.


Corner Bricks by Rachel
Abandoned Car by Keeley
The Doll by Jake
The Cool Pool by Elly
Chains by Ankita
The Hug by Mystic
Untitled by Iona
Girl Looking Up by Hyde