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Credit: Verity-Jane Keefe

A Becontree walkabout with artist Verity-Jane Keefe

Take a tour around the historic Becontree Estate in Barking and Dagenham with the artist Verity-Jane Keefe as part of our Becontree centenary programme.

Join us for a tour with the artist Verity-Jane Keefe as she reflects on key themes of her work in the area alongside wider insights into the changes across Becontree over its 100 year history.

Walking north to south, Keefe will lead us through time and place outlining key historical moments from the estate’s inception through to the current day. Her careful and close observation across several years has given Keefe unique insights into both the history of the area and the strong character of the estate’s buildings and communities today.

Keefe will reflect on some of the themes in her new installation at RIBA, including the political and architectural decision making that has shaped Becontree, particularly the impact of changes to national and local policies, borough borders, and the significance of Becontree’s physical location between London and Essex.

Starting point: Chadwell Heath Station

Ending point: Becontree Underground Station

This event is part of the Becontree centenary, a partnership between Create London and RIBA, supported using public funding from Arts Council England, Art Fund and Span Trust.

About the tour guide

Verity-Jane Keefe is a visual artist working predominantly in the public realm to explore the complex relationship between people and place. She has a long term working relationship with Barking and Dagenham, making work for, about and with the borough since 2006 as well as across outer London and internationally. She is currently working on Living Together, a long term multi-disciplinary art project in Becontree in partnership with Create London.

A new commission by artist Verity-Jane Keefe will be on show in the Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place from 20 October 2021.