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Supported by alumni and friends

Alumni and friends have supported students experiencing financial hardship to be able to stay and complete their studies at Goldsmiths as well as bringing to life more than 275 projects that would have otherwise remained unrealised. From supporting student well-being to launching publications and showcasing events, and from projects that help us to engage with the local community and improve Goldsmiths as a whole, it is down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to offer this vital resource.

There is no limit on the impact alumni and friends continue to have at Goldsmiths and beyond. 

Here are some of the projects that were made possible because of you:

 

Listen: Giving a Voice to Refugees

Listen: Giving a Voice to Refugees - Exhibiton

Recipient: Dami Hope Lawal (MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship)
Funding: £1,260 in 2017

Listen is a pop­up sound installation exhibition that transmits the personal stories of refugees through headphones and is dedicated to giving refugees a voice. The personal stories of refugees are transmitted through 20 suspended headphones allowing the public to rotate and hear multiple stories, and share their thoughts using an interactive message board. The exhibition took place in New Cross in March and August 2017 and was open to members of the public.

Battle of Lewisham

People gather for the unveiling of the Battle of Lewisham plaque on Sunday, 13 August 2017

Recipient: John Price (Department of History)
Funding: £3,250 in 2017

This summer, John led a series of community engagement events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1977 ‘Battle of Lewisham’. In collaboration with Lewisham council, Goldsmiths unveiled a plaque acknowledging the thousands who united against fascism and racism on 13 August 1977. Events involved students, staff and the local community and included a symposium, art workshops, a public consultation, live music, poetry, exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, film screenings, panel discussions and history walks.

Dedicated Listeners

Team of Dedicated Listeners

Recipient: RE:Mind Society
Funding: £1,000 in 2016

Dedicated Listeners is a student-led, peer support and wellbeing service offering one-to-one, confidential listening to support other students. Dedicated Listeners Coordinator Zoe (image: front left) says: 'We don’t give advice, we provide students with an outlet where they can freely talk about whatever they wish in a safe and confidential environment when they need it most. All volunteers have been trained to be able to provide this service in the most supportive and professional manner, without judgement or preconceptions.'

More projects brought to life by alumni and friends

  • Walking for Wellbeing - a programme of physical and intellectual activities to help alleviate depression and mental health issues
  • Cultural Awareness Project - an intercultural space to enhance cultural awareness and stimulate debate through a series of workshops, seminars and discussions
  • Black Metic Experience - an in-depth digital archive of black metic poets that will be a permanent fixture at The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre
  • Learn a Language - cementing, augmenting and enhancing the foreign language skills of students and staff at Goldsmiths
  • Students' Union clubs and societies including Women's Basketball, Mountaineering, Dance, Muay Thai and Musical Theatre
  • EnclaveLab - an experimental curatorial project space for current MFA Curating and Fine Art students at Enclave, Deptford
  • Student-led interdisciplinary workshops - the opportunity for students to learn specific, technical skills that are not part of their academic teaching
  • Deptford Conchies - a full-length production of an original play written by Goldsmiths Professor Tim Crook, dramatising the secret trials of conscientious objectors
  • Telegraph Hill Festival - a collaborative project between Goldsmiths and the local community
  • Fieldwork Fables - Anthropological films innovating the teaching of research methods
  • Production of square vinyl records - student-led record label and artist collective squareglass
  • Student organised collaborative conferences - exploring themes such as Pedagogy for Liberation and Simulation and Environment
  • Plus: first editions of magazines, exhibitions, installations, screenings, performances, online platforms, specialist equipment, talks and events
 

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