In January 2006 OCCUPY MY TIME was established by artist and educator Sue Cohen to continue the aim of bringing art straight into the heart of the community.

 

OCCUPY MY TIME is a Company LTD by Guarantee. Company Number 5728250

OCCUPY MY TIME is a non-profit making organisation. Originally seeking  temporary spaces/sites in which to hold exhibitions/events to attract a diverse audience. We now have a permanent Gallery Space but are aims are the same, to create a mutually supportive environment in which to debate art processes and practice. OCCUPY MY TIME is committed to inclusive activity through the production of workshops and supportive projects within a wide range of the community to include difficult to reach groups. Our objective is to reach an audience from all communities regardless of gender, nationality, religion, age, disability, class, or educational background and to involve all areas of the community to include the local residents including schools, colleges, universities and community groups. 

Artist selection is made from early and mid career artists who are able to develop and explore their art practice in exciting, innovative, thought provoking and progressive ways, which is appropriate to the environment provided.

OCCUPY MY TIME aims to attract a wide audience to include those who would not normally visit art exhibitions encouraging people to become involved in the arts.

OCCUPY MY TIME aims to work within the local community to provide workshops the explore media, techniques and themes that have been presented by the participating artists. It does so by;

       Providing a programme of exhibitions and workshops that reflects the cultural diversity of South East London and is accessible to all, regardless of race, gender, disability, age or class

       Providing opportunities to learn and train in a context that promotes cultural diversity

       Creating a context that enables people to learn through participation

 

Experienced and qualified artists will work with the community in the production of artwork. All schemes of work will be compiled at appropriate levels of attainment and workshops will be approached by facilitating exciting and interesting ideas. 

 

OCCUPY MY TIME endeavours to  provide the following outcomes:

       Providing the community with the opportunity to give voice to their experiences, enabling them to gain creative, personal and        social confidence

       Increased skill, creativity and innovation through working with professional artists

       Broadening cultural horizons, and promoting education and training as a continuous process 

       Helping young people from diverse cultural backgrounds to explore their history, culture and traditions

       Encouraging awareness of the facilities available to the community  in Lewisham and Greenwich.

       Encouraging group interaction through group projects and exhibitions.

 

OCCUPY MY TIME

CURATORIAL PROJECTS:

March 2010 Police and Thieves. The Old Police Station New Cross. Curated by Sue Cohen. Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Supported by Out of nowhere design.www.occupymytime.co.uk

February 2009 Cupboard Love 3.Show 3 Greenwich Foot Tunnel. London. Curated by Sue Cohen Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Supported by Greenwich Council and Outofnowheredesign

December  2008. Cupboard Love 3.Show 2 Greenwich Foot Tunnel. London. Curated by Sue Cohen Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Supported by Greenwich Council and Outofnowheredesign

2008-2009 Monthly shows at Clapham Picture House. Organised by OCCUPY MY    TIME. Curated by Sue Cohen Supported by Clapham Picture House and Outofnowheredesign

October  2008. Cupboard Love 3.Show 1 Greenwich Foot Tunnel. London. Curated by Sue Cohen Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Supported by Greenwich Council and Outofnowheredesign

October 2008. Going Up West. Greenwich Picture House. Curated by Sue Cohen Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Supported by Greenwich Picture House and outofnowheredesign.

March-May 2008.Cupboard Love 2. Greenwich Foot Tunnel. London. Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Curator Sue Cohen. Supported by Greenwich Council and outofnowheredesign.www.occupymytime.co.uk

Feb-October 2008 Monthly solo shows at the Clapham Picture House. Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Supported by Clapham Picture House. Curator Sue Cohen. www.occupymytime.co.uk

Nov: 2007. Cupboard Love. Greenwich Foot Tunnel. London. Organised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Artist and Curator Sue Cohen. www.occupymytime.co.uk 

Oct: 2007. URBANBODIES 2. Group Show. Greenwich Picture House LondonOrganised by OCCUPY MY TIME. Artist and Curator Sue Cohen. Supported by Outofnowhere Design, Creative Space Agency, Greenwich Picture House. www.urbanbodies.co.uk

April 2007 UNDERGROUND 2. Group show in the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. (Artist and Curator Sue Cohen) Part of Trigger  Greenwich Heritage Centre Organised by The Global Arts Village Curator Kelly Orielly.

Oct/ Nov 2006: UNDERGROUND. Group Show in Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Artist and Curator Sue Cohen/  Workshops for Lewisham Youth Offending Team. An OCCUPY MT TIME event. www.occupymytime.co.uk                                                                

Jan 2006: Set up OCCUPY MY TIME a non for profit organisation seeking temporary spaces/sites in which to hold exhibitions/events to attract a diverse audience. 

May 2005: Dark Matter. Group Show for Contemporary Gallery. Brick Lane London (Artist and co/curator Sue Cohen and Caroline Brown for Contemporary Gallery.) Funded by South East Arts Council.

Feb 2005: URBANBODIES. Group Show. Brick Lane. London. (Artist and Curator Sue Cohen) Funded by the Arts Council of England.  www.occupymytime.co.uk

May 2004: Art That Makes You Curious. Group Show. Shoreditch Tabernacle Hall.London E2. (Artist and Curator Sue Cohen.)

February 2003: CORRELATION. Group Show. Old Seager Distillery Deptford London. (Artist and Co/Curator Sue Cohen and Caroline Brown)

December 2002'acurrent@ffair ’ Group Show. Menier Gallery London. (Artist and Co/Curator)

September 2002: MA Show. London Guildhall University. (Artist and Co/Organiser)

March 1998: ‘Studio Show’ Solo Show. Greenwich London. (Artist and  Curator)                              

October 1987: 'Treasures and Hidden Agenda's'. Solo Show Public Space for Access Kent. (Artist and Curator

WORKSHOPS

September 20123- April 2014 Lewisham YOTS Arts Award Project. Silver Award. Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board

2012-2013  Lewisham YOTS Arts Award Discover and Explore. Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

July-Sept 2013 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts AwardBronze award.Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

July-Sept 2012 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts AwardBronze award.Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

March 2012 ongoingComic Project Waltham Forest YOS Service. Lead Artist working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by the YOS Service

October 2011-Jan 2012  Mural Projects.Waltham Forest YOS Service. Lead Artist working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by the YOS Service.

July-August 2011 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts Project. Lead Artist Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

July-Sept 2010 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts Project. Lead Artist Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

July-Sept 2009 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts Project. Lead Artist Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

 July-Sept 2008 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts Project. Lead Artist Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

May 2008. YESS. Working with OCCUPY MY TIME for the Camberwell Arts Festival.

 November 2007. YISP Lewisham Youth Offending Team. Working with OCCUPY MY TIME.

May. 2007Greenwich Heritage Centre Saturday Club. Part of Trigger. Woolwich Arsenal May 2007. Working with OCCUPY MY TIME

November 2006-May 2007 Mural Project Lewisham Youth Offending Team. Working with OCCUPY MY TIME.www.occupymytime.co.uk

October 2006- NOV 2006: RAP Lewisham Youth Offending Team. Part of UNDERGROUND Greenwich Foot Tunnel Nov 2007. Working with OCCUPY MY TIME.www.ocupymytime.co.uk

Feb-May 2005: Headway East London, Headway Bexley, Lewisham Youth Offending Team. Working with URBANBODIES at 127 Brick LaneLondon E1. Funded by the Arts CouncilEnglandwww.occupymytime.co.uk

October 2004: On The One   Cable street London. E1 Funded by PAYP.

Forthcoming Workshops:

2014-2015  Lewisham YOTS Arts Award Discover and Explore. Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

September 2014- April 20125 Lewisham YOTS Arts Award Project. Silver Award. Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board

July-Sept 2014 Lewisham YOTS Summer Arts AwardBronze award.Lead Artist and Co/ Project Manager Working with OCCUPY MY TIME. Funded by Arts Council and Youth Justice Board.

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