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What Shall We Build Here

A festival of art, climate and community

mini purple sandcastles
MISERY, Sad Girl Summer event 2020. Photo by Ella J Frost

What Shall We Build Here is a festival of art, climate and community at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in Aldgate East, in parks and in your local supermarket. 

We invite you to events that imagine ways of living together that are just and sustainable for people and the planet. 

Over four days, artists Selina Thompson, MISERY, Kaajal Modi, Ama Josephine Budge, Oozing Gloop, Alicja Rogalksa, the dream(ing) field lab, and Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari welcome you to a choral performance, dog walking, food workshops, audio experiences, artists’ talks, a party and more. Listen, talk, touch, smell, taste, connect, breathe and take part.

#WhatShallWeBuildHere #SeasonForChange

Supported by BE PART and ACT, through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Part of Season for Change, a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We’ve been working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible for artists, audiences, hirers, café customers, tenants and staff. Read the safety measures we are putting in place. 

  • Full access details will be shared when tickets go on sale. 
  • Toynbee Studios is wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral.
  • Please email if you have any further access requests.

Date and time

9–12 September 2021


Free / £5 tickets. Tickets go on sale in August


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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