View Tube Art: Sparked 2011-12


Inspired by the public art pieces in the London 2012 Olympic Park, Sparked is an eight-month educational exhibition series as part of the View Tube Art Education programme, from October 2011-May 2012.

The View Tube sits on The Greenway in East London, next to the London 2012 Olympic Park, it is a community arts and education venue, with a cafe and bike hire.

Sparked is funded by The Legacy List, a new charity established to support the long term cultural, social and physical regeneration of London’s future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surroundings.


Sparked is supported by Bow Arts
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Here’s a short film summarising the Sparked exhibition series, which ran as part of View Tube Art from October 2011 to May 2012.

The sun finally came out for View Tube’s fun day at the beginning of May 2012, which saw more free Sparked art workshops, as well as even more dynamic public readings of Spark Catchers from the poet Lemn Sissay.

Thanks to everyone who came down and gave View Tube and the Sparked series a great send off.  View Tube and public access to the Greenway is now closed, but we will be reopening in September 2012.

It has long been planned for View Tube to close over the summer months whilst the Olympics are on, reopening in September 2012.  To celebrate the success of View Tube, a family fun day takes place on Saturday May 12th, from 10am-4pm.  Along with lots of stalls, activities, and special Olympic guests, Sparked are delighted to be involved, offering more free art workshops for families.  Lemn Sissay will also be there to talk about Spark Catchers, and give public readings of the poem.

The Greenway has now been closed, so access to View Tube is only via Marshgate Lane (E15 2PJ).  Due to engineering works on the DLR, you will not be able to alight at Pudding Mill Lane. However, a rail replacement bus service is running, or you can easily hop on one of many buses, only 5 minutes from Stratford (25, 108, 276, 339, 425, D8, stop Marshgate Lane or Bow Flyover), or travel by bike or on foot.

Use www.tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey.

Here’s a selection of photos from our final Sparked family day, which took place on Saturday 14 April. It was fantastic to see so many of you there taking part in the free print making workshops and chatting with Lemn Sissay about his poem.

To see more photos from the day click here.

We’re excited about our family day tomorrow, and so are Time Out!

There’s DLR engineering works, but a really short replacement bus service from Stratford 5 minutes down the road will get you here, and of course we’re easily accessible by bike and foot!

New flyer for family day - spread the word!

Watch an interview with Lemn Sissay talking about his poem Spark Catchers, commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sparked with Lemn Sissay opens this Friday 30 March at View Tube.

Created for a permanent poetry installation on the Olympic Park, Spark Catchers is Lemn Sissay’s poem celebrating the rich heritage of the East End where the Olympic Park now sits.

Spark Catchers delves into the incendiary time in 19th century Britain when the first un-unionised workers went on strike against their poor and dangerous working conditions. The industrial action taken at the Bryant and May match factory, found on the edge of the Olympic Park in Bow, helped spark a social revolution changing working conditions across Britain.

Sparked with Lemn Sissay celebrates this inspirational story and East London’s rich heritage as it welcomes the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, becoming another landmark in its captivating history.

The last in the Sparked exhibition series, the exhibition will run until View Tube’s closure before the Olympic Games until May 16th.

Family Day - Saturday 14th April, 10am-3pm: free art workshops for families inspired by  Lemn Sissay’s Sparked exhibition

Our new flyer for the last Sparked exhibition, with the first poet commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lemn Sissay

From the activity sheet accompanying the current Sparked exhibition, here are two photos sent in by Leala and Nyle showing their favourite job on the Olympic Park. Great work guys!

Pick one up at View Tube, or download one here.