This week marked the end of the project and was jammed full of events, including the launch of the end of project report. It draws on the empirical research conducted with self builders privileging this in-depth research. In this way it provides a nuanced understanding of their experiences, valuable in demonstrating the limitations and challenges of the self building as a practice, the social relationships that sustain it, and its financial constraints. I have uploaded it here for you to download. You can also download the earlier report – Creating a nation of self builders – from the project that provides a little more context to understanding self build in England.
Yesterday was an exciting day as I prepared and installed the exhibition at 310NX Road. It is all up and running and now I am waiting for my first visitors. The exhibition features visual materials produced with and by many of the self builders who I have worked with over the course of the last three years, and tells their stories through a selection of narratives intended to highlight the diversity of their experiences. Come along, draw your dream house and see the exhibition! We are open this week, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30-5.30pm, with a late opening on Thursday.
On the final stretch of preparing for the end of project exhibition and other events! If you are interested in coming along to the exhibition next week, please do. It features photos taken by selfbuilders, stories that draw on the ethnographic research that I have been doing for the last 3 years, and more! You can even draw your own dream house!
And, here’s a little taster of what’s to come!