Folly for a Flyover

Hackney Wick

24 June 2011 - 24 July 2011 / 19:00, 11:00
Hackney Wick


Time: Open Fridays 7pm - 11pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am - 11pm

Bar is open 7-11pm Fri - Sun.
The café is open 11am-7pm Sat & Sun

subject to availability

This summer, a building will appear in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12. Transforming the cavernous undercroft where the motorway crosses the Lea Navigational Canal, Folly for a Flyover will host a five week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play delivered in conjunction with the Barbican Art Gallery and CREATE 2011.

Constructed from reclaimed and donated materials and drawing influence from the surrounding buildings of Hackney Wick, Folly for a Flyover is an imagined piece of the area’s past, suggesting the story of a building trapped under the motorway.

By day the folly will host a café, workshops and events alongside boat trips exploring the surrounding waterways. At night audiences will congregate on the building’s steps to watch screenings ranging from animation classics, to experimental cinema with live scores, light shows and performances.
Like a giant construction-kit, the folly will be built over the period of a month by a team of volunteers. Having served one purpose it will be disassembled at the end of the summer, it’s components taking on new incarnations in the local area.

Folly for a Flyover was conceived and will be built and run by Assemble, a not-for-profit collective of architects, artists and designers.

Daytime Activites

Join in with a host of free workshops and performances for all ages, every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-6pm. Each weekend will explore one of the themes of the Barbican’s Watch Me Move animation exhibition: Fables, Structures, Fragments/Apparitions, Characters/Heroes and Visions.

Get involved with puppet-making and optical trickery workshops, enjoy an afternoon concert from the 30 piece East London Brass band, or dance by the canal with Disco Loco’s spectacular family party.

Built and run by volunteers and serving food and drink from Hackney Wick, the cafe‘s daily changing menu will include Bagels from MR BAGEL, FORMAN’S smoked salmon, homemade cakes and MR WHIPPY ice cream.

Delivered in collaboration with Floating House Productions, a fleet of specially built boats will be available for hire to explore the surrounding waterways. Priced at £2/person for 30min rent or tour, all passengers will be given appropriate navigational material.

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Part of Barbican & Create 11

Folly for a Flyover is the winner of 2011 Create Art Award and delivered in conjunction with Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, the Create festival and groups from across the 5 Olympic host boroughs

Barbican Art Gallery in London presents major exhibitions by leading international figures in the heart of the City of London


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