We Are Still Here: Our 2nd Social Distancing Family Festival

We Are Still Here  After the  success of our first We Are Here festival we are excited to announce our continued collaboration with our local community. Throughout June and July the We Are Still Here community festival will be running 3 more events and a few suprise pop ups.

Working again with Artist Giles Leaman and local authors we will be reminding the world again. 

We Are Still Here


Festival Schedule

We Are Still Here: Out the front (front yard art trail)

  • Ongoing throughout June/July

We Are Still Here: Walking with words (Postcards from lockdown)

  • Ongoing throughout June/July

We Are Still Here: Our Lockdown (A doorstep documentary)

  • Ongoing throughout June/July
Program and Activities PDF
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We Are still Here: Out The Front

Giles double flower

We are encouraging everyone to develop their own creative ideas and bring their artistic talents out into their front yards. How can you represent your lockdown experience in your front window, yard or garden? 

Local artist Giles Leaman has provided some simple ideas that you can download from here or if your feeling creative you you could simply sculpt , paint , upcycle or create something wonderful yourself. 

Throughout June and July. 

We Are still Here: Walking With Words

Postcard front

What do we want to say? During June & July we are encouraging our community to send us a postcard of a joke, a riddle, a thought, poem, or a hope for the future.

The 24th of June is National Writing Day so why not use this as a day to get started on your  masterpiece? We will have some postcards available around the streets or download from here and we will be hanging these up making a ‘word walk’ around our streets for you share your own thoughts from lockdown

Throughout June and July.

We Are still Here: Our Lockdown

Finn Walter Reeves Age 6 Melbourne - Neighbours 2

We are looking for volunteer families to share stories, anecdotes, events and hopes of their time in lockdown and for the coming days.

Through out the next few weeks will visit you at your doorstep to chat and film a short film about your time in lockdown. These will be edited together with others from the neighbourhood to create a short film of this shared experience (You will also receive a copy. ) 

To register your interest in taking part email us at wearehere@groundswellarts.com

Throughout June and July.

Past Events

We Are Here was our first social distancing festival run in May 2020, please see below for events that took place.


We Are Here: The Big Chalk

Over 300 families took place in The Big Chalk Event on May 7th 

Our first socially distanced festival event was a resounding success brightening up our pavements for weeks to come. 

We Are Here: Family Jam


On 14th of May alongside the NHS clap for carers we held our first ever neighbourhood youth music funded socially distanced family Jam local musicians, children, adults and neighbours all played and made music from their doorstep while local artist Giles Leaman’s wonderful rainbow shakers and clapping hands allowed schools and young children to join in too

We Are Here: Photo trail

by M age 9 London-1

Children in Nursery Schools and Schools across London have been participating in The Language of photography project working with Artist Catherine Rive

All through May children sent photos of life in lockdown to us and we added them to our growing virtual and outdoor photo trail. instagram weareherephotos. We ended up with some 200 photographs displayed around the neighbourhood from children aged 3-17 years of age. 

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