We’re inviting residents in Thamesmead to be interviewed by renowned artist Bob and Roberta Smith, for a series of paintings called the ‘Thamesmead Codex’.
 
Last year Bob and Roberta Smith, was invited to Thamesmead to explore the area and talk to some of our local residents The stories collected from each of the ten local residents were then translated into paintings in Bob’s studio.
 
We want to add to the Thamesmead Codex collection, and are looking for your stories so that they can be painted by Bob and Roberta Smith and displayed all together at the Information Hub on Yarnton Way and at the Clore Hub, Tate Modern, Bankside.
 
During this critical time this project has become even more relevant. We want to shine a light on what is important to each one of you and what life in Thamesmead is like as we continue to follow government guidelines to stay inside and help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
 
Bob and Roberta Smith will interview people virtually. He will ask residents to reflect on the current environment, what Thamesmead is like in these difficult times and what your isolation space looks like.
 
If you would like to take part in the Thamesmead Codex please e-mail [email protected] by 5pm on June 12 2020 with the following:

  • 10 key words which describe your current situation or
  • a short paragraph, which describes the view from your window and/or your new daily routine
  • please also let us know your postcode

Bob and Roberta Smith will then pick ten people to interview via zoom or a similar online technology. We will also include all submissions in the Thamesmead Community Archive.
 
This project has been commissioned by Peabody in partnership with Tate Modern Community Partnerships.