The Discovery Room is a dedicated community space in the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s Folk Hall. In Spring 2018 I was commissioned to design and deliver a multi-functional space, suitable for youth clubs, craft clubs and local community groups.
Underpinning the project was the importance of engaging people from the local community. I spent time with local school children developing ideas and as the project progressed I worked with a range of people, some I already new and others I met along the way. I spent a week with a Princes’ Trust youth team, re-upholstering chairs, other items were donated, others salvaged…an hour spent pulling wood from a skip, an afternoon sorting and cleaning surplus kitchen units from the JRHT store.
You’ve got to be flexible working in this way. The overall vision for the space remained constant, but I worked with individuals who brought their own ideas to the table.
Credits given at the bottom of the page.
The play area, with soft mats, storage and floor-to-ceiling chalk board.
The four sides of the central column with painted murals, based on natural forms and mid-century design.
Copper Tree and Coat Hooks: Rob Davis
Palette Wood Corner Unit: Pete Edwards
Chalk Board Zine Art: Harriet Bailey
Evolution Painting: Jaz, from the Princes’ Trust
Further invaluable contributions of time, artwork and support were made by members of Community Action for Nature, Open Art artists, the Open Shop team and local residents as well as staff from the JRHT.