Past, Present and Future: The (Not so) White House


The work uncovers, reinterprets, and imagines the past, present, and future of the White House in Dagenham through a series of illustrative prints and a drop in workshop. 

The (Not so) White House: Drop-in workshop

If you were to Google The White House you might find yourself confronted with a picture of a man with questionable hair and a jaundiced complexion. After much scrolling, confusion and determination, you will find The White House in Dagenham, a public space for art and social activity in the Becontree Estate. You might think to yourself, “why did they call it The White House?”

Does The White House in Dagenham want to be associated with a house currently lived in by a man who thinks racial slurs, casual sexism, homophobic and xenophobic policies are justified? The workshop invited participants to rename and colour in The White House Dagenham.

This work was created during my time as an artist in residency at The White House Dagenham part of Artist Development Residency.

The Artist Development Residency was a pilot programme that aimed to support and create new opportunities for members of groups underrepresented in the arts and have a strong connection to the borough of Barking & Dagenham. Through the pilot programme we also hoped to challenge the notion of a formal training environment and lay down foundations of a new kind of support framework for artists working in the borough.