Permit To Dream: Touch Method

Workshop by Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin with Blackhorse Activators

Wednesday 15 May, 5.30pm
In conjunction with Capital solo exhibition by Coumba Samba, and prompted by the question of urgent dreaming, artist & educator Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin developed a workshop for members of the Blackhorse Activators to explore the central and dynamic themes of Samba’s exhibition, revolving around the circulation of objects and materials in the pursuit of new dreams and radical imagination. 
Recycling Dreams is inspired by discussions and conversations around Samba and Baulcombe-Toppin’s research the Blackhorse Activators created planters built from discarded objects and reclaimed waste to develop a material representation of life cycles, value and energy that arises from circumventing the logic of capital. Each planter was filled with slightly compressed soil to house a piece of seeded paper, then lightly watered to encourage new sprouts to grow. Responding to the transformative effects of recycling and learning about the adaptable and spiritual nurturing of horticultural growth, the project activated a physical manifestation of life from discarded material. As a conceptual representation of the ‘undercommons’, each planter individually demonstrated the power and purpose of aspiration, care, renewal and transformation, drawing value to remnants from the past.
This project extends our workshop collaborations with Blackhorse Activators. Recent events include Mouldings, November 2023 and My Vessel, My Rock, My Anchor,  January 2024. Please subscribe on our homepage to receive newsletters for the Permit To Dream programme.
Organised by Cell Project Space's Trainee Fellows, Michelle Lee Johnson, Khadija Niang, and Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo, Permit To Dream: Touch Method expands on the notion of what it means to dream right now. Touch Method is part of a larger public programme, Permit To Dream curated by Cell Fellows that asks questions about how we begin to dream differently? What might facilitate a collective, rather than individual dreaming? What transpires from imaginative practices and how might they depart from the constraints of our current reality? Each event unpacks and activates a range of senses; touch, sight, and listening.
Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin (b. 1996, London) practices in trust and hope. She works eco-consciously with objects, language, prints and nuanced interactions to craft a contemporary philosophy inspired by her spirituality, Caribbean-British heritage and ceremonies of solace. Recent presentations of her work include exhibitions and performative gestures at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Neven Gallery, London; Metroland Cultures, London; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Somerset House, London; Deptford Cinema, London; and South London Gallery; London.
Blackhorse Activators are a group of 15-25 year olds from Walthamstow with a passion for applying creativity to build community, who meet monthly at Blackhorse Road Workshop and cultural venues in London. They are a graduate cohort from the Blackhorse Responders programme.
The Trainee Fellowship is generously supported by Art Fund, running since October 2023. The Year-long Fellowship provides professional practice for three studying students to acquire skills and knowledge to enable them to develop the gallery's 2024 summer programme.
Permit To Dream is generously supported by Tower Hamlets Community Fund.