kind words

PLAYSWAP screening

Our participants, funders, collaborators and partners share their kind words:

“It was amazing to see how Eleanor creatively unfolded the new project in south London.  She bought together children and older people from the local community and united them in a very useful project.  The short film she made at the end summed it up so well and was most profound – thanks Eleanor” 

Tim Clapton – Near Neighbours Project Coordinator, The Contextual Theology Centre

“We were delighted with Eleanor’s innovative approach to this project which was energetic and inspiring from start to finish. Eleanor really engaged the residents to take a wider perspective and break the barriers and fears of producing the artworks. The process, through the use of a blog and inspiring visits for photographing familiar objects/places in Watford, culminated in a series of inspiring views of Watford through a lens. The project was a great success and I would certainly recommend Eleanor to bring energy and a fresh perspective to any project that she is engaged in”

Janet Tyndale,  Abbey Line Community Rail Officer for the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership

“Ellie is a bit of a gem – an artist that cares about people and about what they think. She is incredibly creative, positive, generous and she does it all with good humour!”

Arti Prashar – Artistic Director, Spare Tyre Theatre Company

“Ellie was full of creative ideas and delivered some really interesting sessions enabling the young people in the group to engage creatively with their local area and develop their own creative practice.”

Sarah Henderson, Hub Art Coordinator

“Eleanor inspires people to be creative.”

Bill Stewart – Mental Health Project Coordinator and Artist, Blackfriars Settlement

“Thank you for an amazing journey of creativity, transition and above all – awakening my love for art and doing it once again! You have been awesome and inspirational! I am so proud to have done this project with you! Hope to work with you at some time again soon!”

Dale Barnard – Participant and YMCA resident


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Community Rail Partnership Award 2014

We are extremely pleased to announce that our project A-B, commissioned by the Abbey Line CRP in partnership with the Watford YMCA, came first in the Community Art Schemes (Renewable and Smaller) category at The ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) Community Rail Awards and Gala Dinner on Oct 2nd 2014. There were some fantastic projects celebrated that evening for bringing people together in and around the Community Rail Partnership trainlines across the UK.

You can read more about the project and other winners in the ACorP booklet for the event here.

CRP Award


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Design Affects: 12 Tips for Effective Community Engagement from Leading London Designers, Sept 14

SGSU Director Eleanor Shipman was interviewed by architect and social impact practitioner Katie Crepeau about SGSU’s process in engaging communities alongside Kate Swade of Shared AssetsPauline Roberts of Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, and Catherine Greig of make:good.

“7. Make it a joyful experience.

‘Utilising creativity is so important. It it’s something fun to do, accessible, and familiar, then people will want to engage.'”
Eleanor Shipman, SGSU Director

Read the full article here.


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i-Genius, World Community of Social Entrepreneurs: Getting Started Interview

SGSU Director Eleanor Shipman was interviewed by Barry Crisp of i-Genius about starting a social enterprise.
Working creatively with local communities is a brilliant platform to learn about people’s lives, concerns, ideas and opinions, and is a continued and infinite source of inspiration for me which is why I love what I do.”
Eleanor Shipman, SGSU Director

Read the full article here.



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