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Enigma Lunches

From co-producing to co-owning

The Enigma Lunch series was carried out in partnership with five different local community groups throughout Hammersmith United Charities' 400th year of celebration. Co-curated with Melanie Nock and each community organisation, the lunches coincided with the republication of the Ethnic Minorities Oral Histories. 

'From the performative dialogues in the early research period, to Remembering the Future and the Moving series, artistic activity and its analysis in this thesis, demonstrate how co-presence illuminates new understandings of beneficiary socio-cultural and aesthetic needs and the ways in which the charity, artists and other partnering stakeholders (like the architects) can support them in response...


With the least amount of pre-defining and the most amount of agency between the charity and its beneficiary communities, the Enigma Lunch series demonstrates a capacity for the charity to unmould its previous ways of policy making for the beneficiaries, by relating to them here as partners through the co-hosting of events. This level of agency is a critical value ...and offers a final development in the thesis’ concept of intra-vulnerabilities' (Chapter 6, p. 142).


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Follow the links to find out about four of the five lunches. (The charity blog post for the fifth lunch collaboration with Nubian Life has yet to be written).

Enigma Lunch 1: LIDO Foundation

Enigma Lunch 2:Women Make Change

Enigma Lunch 3: Irish Cultural Centre

Enigma Lunch 4: Polish Heritage Day (London Spark)

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