The Our House Project
The “Our House’ Project aimed to capture individual and collaborative sentiments of Sussex Neighbourhood House before we leave and embark on a new era. By collating the experiences, memories, lessons, relationships and connection we honour the space that has gathered so many people together over its 26 years.
Over 7 weeks, the community created small paper houses using a template and instructions. They were invited to decorate the house as a tribute to their experiences of SNH. Many of the creative classes used their skills such as ceramics, knitting, painting or drawing to decorate their house. There are red-carpets leading to doors, beautiful fabrics and ribbons, lace, calligraphy, sequins and collage work. Some houses describe favourite moments in their classes, other list the skills they have learnt, some use maps of the area or the names of people they have met there. Most were made but many were made whilst at SNH including at our Annual General Meeting.
With over 90 collaborating and with every house being unique, the installation captures the diversity of our community – from volunteers to Moreland City Council officers, from our tutors and stall to our Committee of Governance, from young children to our yoga or art classes to our elder community members, from those playing Scrabble to those learning English.
The houses were then used to create over 15 mobiles from recycled materials. These are no installed as a collaborative installation of aerial neighbourhoods – a floating community!
Thanks to all those who contributed to this special project.
Community Artist and Tutor