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Film project celebrates 50 years of trade in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 18:30 27 August 2015

Roy Prooks from Oakleafe Building company working on the Ford Transit Van which is being made into a castle for the We Are What We Are art project as part of Creative Barking and Dagenham. From left,  Lee Goodwin, Leanne Baines, Glenn Longhurst, Roy Prooks and Simon Poulter

Roy Prooks from Oakleafe Building company working on the Ford Transit Van which is being made into a castle for the We Are What We Are art project as part of Creative Barking and Dagenham. From left, Lee Goodwin, Leanne Baines, Glenn Longhurst, Roy Prooks and Simon Poulter

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The transformation of a Ford van into a “Castle of Trade” is one of the more unusual projects for a family building firm stretching back eight generations.

Dagenham firm Oakleafe could be found yesterday creating turrets and a castle wall on a Ford transit van, in a film project celebrating fifty years of the borough.

Commissioned by Creative Barking and Dagenham, artist pair Close and Remote have been touring the borough with We Are What We Are, an ongoing road movie exploring the role that trade has played and still plays in the lives of residents.

When the tour ends in October, artists Simon Poulter and Sophie Mellor will then edit the one-minute interviews to create a filmic snapshot of the borough, to be screened on the side of the van this autumn.

“We are particularly interested in people’s working lives over the last fifty years,” said Simon.

“There are still lots of people who work in trade in the broough, which is why we’re creating a castle to celebrate that.”

To keep up to date with the project and find out more, go to closeandremote.net

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