Calling Tree

This five-year UpLIFTers project started in 2015, connecting Tottenham schools with local and international artists, developing performances and awards for LIFT's 2016 festival.

Calling Tree was a project with Northumberland Park Community School and The Vale School in Tottenham, led by Darren O’Donnell of Canadian artist collective Mammalian Diving Reflex, and delivered by Tottenham artists Jeremy Carne, Imwen Eke, Keren Ghitis, Güneş Güven, Kazuko Hohki, Jess Murrain, Theo Omambala, Louis Parker Evans and Elsabet Yonas.

Year one of this project involved the students taking monthly workshops with local artists in a range of art-forms and culminated in them working closely with Darren on The Children’s Choice Award, an intervention into LIFT 2016 that saw them as the Official Festival Jury, awarding other festival artists with honours all decided by them, and described in their own words.

Haringey based artist Rosemary Lee worked collaboratively with Simon Whitehead on four days of public events located in and around a beautiful oak tree in Bruce Castle Park. There were performances in the tree involving four professional artists using ropes and ladders. There were also a series of associated events including walks, talks and discussions, plus performances by local choirs and poets.

Calling Tree and all its associated events were free to the public.