Brickfield Newham: Hands-on Outdoor Brickmaking and Short Performance

Saturday 29 May 10am & 1pm Sunday 30 May 11am & 2pm
  • Free
  • All Ages

***sold out apart from SUNDAY MORNING AT 11AM last remaining tickets***


At this outdoor workshop in the Royal Docks, you will learn how to mix clay dug from the borough with local industrial materials to create a unique clay body for brickmaking. Each stage of the process will be demonstrated for you to try. Work alone or team up with a partner to see how many you can make!

After the workshop you can watch a new, intimate performance made by students from University of East London about housing in the borough. UEL BA students have been working alongside a community of young brick-makers exchanging and sharing testimonies of living in the borough and compiling these exchanges into a documentary performance. This will be accompanied by radio installations created by the students for the brick-maker workshops informing participants on all things to do with bricks and their histories.

You will also be able to see a traditional clamp kiln that we have built on site being fired.

Brickfield Newham is a community research project that questions clay and its importance to the urban landscape by connecting people literally to the earth beneath their feet. During the nineteenth century, itinerant brickmakers leased land across Newham to dig clay, make and fire bricks. These brickfields provided the materials that built houses for the borough’s workers and industrial infrastructure they laboured in.

This project is a collaboration between the University of East London, V&A East, Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute and Brickfield. We have been supported by Newham Heritage Month, Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation and an Arts Council National Lottery Grant with in-kind support from ThisIsProjekt and Newham Council.

How to Attend

We want everyone to be able to get involved. So let us know if there are any adjustments we can make so that you can join us. Email with access questions.

Covid security measures will be in place following the government’s latest guidance. The workshop and performance is planned with Covid safety measures in place and masks must be worn (indoors) and social distancing will be observed, one -way systems will be place at the venue.  You must not attend if you show symptoms of Covid and must self-isolate in line with current government guidance at the time of the event.


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1 - 31 May 2021