Housed in a Victorian edifice in the heart of East London is new think-tank space, Limewharf. Conceived by designer and sustainability pioneer, Thomas Ermacora, the building has become the new permanent home of an intriguing type of creative institution, one which aims to unite disempowered local people with the illusive art world through participatory events and exhibitions.
Calling itself a 'creative gallery and laboratory,' Limewharf will host biannual sensory events - the first of which is taking place throughout March - exploring topics such as technology, sustainability, culture and creativity. For the rest of the month the inaugural programme, 'Kitchen Experiments' - in collaboration with The Modern Pantry founder, Anna Hansen - will invite guests to enjoy various exhibits, including talks, installations and musical performances.
The highlight of the three-week project is an 'Eat the World' dining experience - taking place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights - where guests can enjoy a blind tasting menu around a sculptural table, designed by architect Alex Haw. Aptly named, 'Worldscope,' the table is a large three-dimensional replica of the earth's lithosphere, designed to encourage guests to converse and connect during the dinner.
For Thomas Ermacora, the purpose of this remarkable project is to give people an alternative to larger artistic institutions across the city, one where visitors can engage fully with collaborating artists and be involved in the process and outcome of an exhibit.
With an impressive archive of projects already under his belt - including the non-profit organisation, Clear-Village, which supports and funds sustainable community programmes across Europe - Ermacora's is an unfaltering determination to change the world in which we live. Already garnering attention from locals and creatives alike - and with another project already in the pipeline for this coming Autumn - Limewharf's future is one to watch.