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Giant Dolls' House Project: At Home in Sheffield

Free – drop in

The Giant Dolls' House Project is a collaborative community art project led by architect Catja de Haas, creating a community of dolls' houses made out of shoeboxes. What would form the ideal social housing community? These drop-in workshops invite you to come up with your own answer and to make your contribution in a shoebox – either individually or with family/friends. Completed houses will be assembled onto a blank canvas and linked with ropes, ramps and ladders, to form a miniature community.

The Giant Dolls' House Project aims to raise awareness of the importance of a home and community for all. Since 2014 it's been to Dubai, North Carolina, Goa in India, and formed part of the London Festival of Architecture. By giving different people the same blank space to work with, the project creates a collage of ideas, dreams, memories, and endless possibilities to generate stories, where each participant has an equal voice.

All workshops and the storytelling session are free – donations welcome to ASSIST, a Sheffield-based charity supporting destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation and advice.

Workshop 1:
Friday 22 November, 11am-3pm, at Foodhall
There'll be a break at 12:30pm for lunch, which Foodhall serves on a pay-as-you-can basis.

Workshop 2:
Saturday 23 November, 12-4pm, at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works
With artist Jennifer Booth.

Giant Dolls' House Stories:
Saturday 23 November, 4-5pm, at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works
Stick around after the workshop on Saturday for a storytelling session in the gallery led by storyteller and writer Nana-Essi Casely-Hayford. Bring your imagination and enjoy the magic of stories, all while exploring ideas around community and home. To begin, there'll be a short introduction from Catja and a representative of ASSIST.

The Giant Dolls' House installation
Now that the dolls' house is complete, you can pay it a visit! It will remain on display at Yorkshire Artspace until Saturday 30th November, open each day 11am-4pm. After that, participants are free to take home their doll's house creation.

The Giant Dolls' House Project – previous installation in Doodle Bar, London

Catja de Haas is an architect with a small practice, who qualified at Delft University with a PhD in design from the Bartlett, and an MA in housing and urbanism from the Architectural Association in London. She previously worked in Japan with Itsuko Hasegawa and in London with Will Alsop.

Sheffield Modern is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Supported by Site Gallery. Supported by City of Ideas funded through Arts Council England's Ambition For Excellence fund.

With funding and support from: Sheffield Hallam University, RIBA Yorkshire, Sheffield Society of Architects, Sheffield Town Trust, BDP, and David Mellor.

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