Jenny Harris - AoR founder
Art of Regeneration (AoR) grew from a social regeneration programme that started at the Albany Theatre in South East London in 2001. Following the death of AoR’s founder, Jenny Harris in 2012, the organisation lay dormant.
In 2014 it become evident to us that there was a continued relevance and potential for AoR to build on those formative years. We shared a strong motivation to continue the work of AoR and in 2015 we decided to build on Jenny’s legacy and rejuvenate the company.
Our first major project, also called Art of Regeneration was a unique culture-led social regeneration programme, whose aim was to transform a community on the doorstep of economic opportunity into one with the capacity to unlock its full potential – through partnership and the arts. We wanted to do this by developing an exciting programme of artistic activity, capacity building and training that would not only inspire young people but also contribute towards: raising levels of achievement in the local schools improving levels of motivation, skills and competencies for young people enhancing the skills and expertise of the adults who work with them and transforming what was a neglected facility, the Albany in Deptford, South London into an inspirational focus for learning, creativity and social activity for the whole community.
Run in collaboration between the National Theatre's Art of Regeneration and the Albany Deptford, Deptford Stories explores the rich and varied history of the Albany and its communities. The show created is based on 'The Deptford Ark', a short history of the Albany, by John Turner. Read more about the research process behind the performance here.
A learning resource, centred around the abolition of the slave trade seen from a South East London perspective, this programme formed part of the bicentennial commemoration and was a local history study working with schools, Lewisham Further Education College, a Community Theatre Company and The National Maritime Museum. The play, based on real experiences, Blood Sugar was staged at the Queen's House Greenwich and was researched, written and directed by John Turner.