HOME Slough

Developing Slough's creative future
Teatro Stalker invite residents to join in with 'Steli'
Teatro Stalker invite residents to join in with 'Steli'
Photo: Terry Payman
HOME Slough’s Streets Alive 2018 with Cardboardia
HOME Slough’s Streets Alive 2018 with Cardboardia
Photo: David Blood
Residence with RM Sanchez-Camus inviting Slough residents to share community stories
Residence with RM Sanchez-Camus inviting Slough residents to share community stories
Photo: Emma Sheppard
Bring Your Own Future
Bring Your Own Future
Photo: David Blood
HOME Slough’s Streets Alive 2018 with Cardboardia
HOME Slough’s Streets Alive 2018 with Cardboardia
Photo: David Blood
Nisha Anil from The Desire Paths naming one of the streets at Fun Palaces at HOME on the High Street
Nisha Anil from The Desire Paths naming one of the streets at Fun Palaces at HOME on the High Street
Photo: Emma Sheppard

Where: Slough
With: Slough CVS, Slough Borough Council, Slough Clinical Commissioning Group, SEGRO, RIFCO Arts 

HOME Slough is a consortium of arts and community organisations creating more opportunities for people from Slough’s diverse population to experience and embrace the arts in their everyday lives. Our aim is to revitalise the arts in Slough, providing new and innovative opportunities for people to both experience and express creativity. We want to make our town a more vibrant and creative place to be.

The programme has three strands to it that are inter-connected, and as an action research project each strand tests different ways in which the project will engage with the community.

  • HOME on the High Street – a creative space shared with the community
  • Festivals Development – supporting local Festival development through arts and culture
  • HOME Foundations – building cultural capacity for communities and artists

Highlights of the programme this year include the festivals, which we host each summer and winter in the centre of Slough. HOME Slough supported existing festivals, by bringing some amazing internationally recognised outdoor artists for festival goers to enjoy.  The team worked with organisers to enhance these already popular community events, giving them the skills to programme and fundraise for future activities. We offered high quality arts for residents beyond the town centre and encouraged others to get involved in creative activities. During this year’s summer festival, Italian artist, Teatro Stalker, transformed the town centre with Steli. Teatro Stalker invited residents to join in and build a fun, temporary rainbow-like sculpture. Throughout the summer, Same Sky ran Festival Art Workshops, where visitors made, created, stuck and shaped their own artwork, to form part of a giant sculpture which will be unveiled at the Winter Festival, Switched On Slough.

We introduced HOME on the High Street, a pop-up space for creativity in the centre of the High Street with hopes to reach over 15,000 residents and visitors a year. This space has been used for activities, family events, dance lessons, printmaking workshops, performances and conversations.

Fun Palaces was hosted at HOME on the High Street this year with performances from Told by an Idiot, who ran two workshops; If It’s Bad, Make it Worse, where visitors created unusual masterpieces; Falling Down, where members of the public learnt how to do stunt falls; and other workshops ran by local creatives.

As part of a season of street culture entertainment, Beats & Elements, a hip-hop theatre company based in London, performed and delivered beatbox workshops to young people.  The high street venue has inspired a common theme to visiting artists. Third Angel brought The Desire Paths to Slough, enabling members of the public to rename the streets of the town. HOME Slough commissioned Sinna One, a Brighton based artist to design and install murals in collaboration with young people. Working in conjunction with the local Council and businesses, this commission was one of several initiatives to attract people back to the town centre.

HOME on the High Street have welcomed two residences this year. BlockBuilders gave children the opportunity to reimagine Slough high street using Minecraft. International, award-winning artist, R.M. Sánchez-Camus, is helping local people to write slogans, love letters and to reimagine street signage. At workshops, he asks people to think about how words can have a powerful social impact.

HOME Slough offered commissions to support artistic activities in Slough, giving more residents the chance to get creative. Five shortlisted applicants were asked to present a pitch to an encouraging local audience. The audience then voted to decide who should be awarded the final three commissions at a Soup event at HOME on the High Street.

Between 2019 and 2021, HOME Slough will increase cultural activity in Slough, empower residents, support talent, reach new audiences and provide memorable arts events that celebrate and shape the cultural future of the town. HOME Slough will be a key partner in enabling the growth of a cultural infrastructure, ensuring that the creative industries can thrive through Slough’s regeneration.