Travis Elborough Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency 2014-15
Writer Travis Elborough is the Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency artist for 2014-15. Interested in the social histories of urbanisation and industry in London’s East End, Elborough will work with Victoria Park’s varied leisure clubs to investigate the political history of the park and its links with sport, colonialism, protest and commemoration. Through a series of public workshops organised throughout the nine-month residency, participants will be invited to consider how the physical landscape of the park has been formed through social ritual and technological invention. Elborough will use the residency to develop research towards a new book about the history of public parks, from commons and village greens to the eco-parks and bio-diverse green spaces of today.
Travis Elborough (born 1971, Worthing) is a London based author, freelance writer and cultural commentator. His books include The Bus We Loved (Granta Books, 2006), The Long Player Goodbye (Sceptre, 2009), Wish You Were Here (Sceptre, 2011) and London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing (Vintage, 2014). His articles have appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Times and Tate etc, he has featured on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live and was guest historian on Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour series on BBC Radio 2. Elborough is currently working on Swings and Roundabouts, a study of public parks. For further information please visit Elborough's website www.traviselborough.co.uk
Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency is a nine-month research and development residency currently in its fourth year of partnership with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Department. The borough’s main park, Victoria Park, recently completed a programme to restore key historic elements, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was voted the Nation’s favourite park in 2012 and 2014. Previous Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency artists include Cathy Haynes (2013-14), Cara Tolmie (2012-13) and Matthew Noel-Tod (2011-12).