This Must Be the Place – Spring Creative Lab

Spring Creative Lab

16–24 and living in or near Ebbsfleet? Create the future of the area!

Join us for our free Spring Creative Lab, a one week-long programme led by artist Harun Morrison. You will be given a tour of a site for the future Ebbsfleet Garden City, receive presentations from architects and city planners and hear how bees can inspire your thinking. Each day will include hands-on workshops, group discussion and collaboration. A great taster for people considering careers in art and design.

Spring Creative Lab is organised by Cement Fields, a visual art organisation working collaboratively with artists and communities to create ambitious new art along the Thames Estuary, from Dartford to Whitstable.

When: Mon 4 April – Fri 8 April, 10am – 4pm

Where: Church Road Hall, Church Road, Swanscombe, Kent, DA10 0HF

We are offering a bursary fee of £100 to each selected participant, and lunch will be provided.


  • Monday 4 April

    Thinking about ‘How living on water can affect how we live on land’, and Non-Representational Model-Making As Thinking with artist Harun Morrison.

    Followed by an introduction to Ebbsfleet Garden City and a visit to the site of the future city, guided by architects and designers working on the plans. 

  • Tuesday 5 April 

    Exploring 3D Model Making with Harun Morrison, and looking at how permaculture principles could be applied in the Garden City with writer, activist and permaculture expert Graham Burnett

  • Wednesday 6 April

    Reflecting on the visit to the site, using analogue photographs, textures and objects collected during the visit with artist Laurence Harding.

    Looking at bees, biodiversity and designing healthy landscapes with artists, educators and beekeepers, Lily Hunter Green and Andrea Ku, and thinking about the question: ‘What if a city is designed with bees in mind?’

  • Thursday 7 April 

    Building a machine from e-waste, basic electronics and robotics in an electric flower wrekshop with electronic artist Paul Granjon, looking at how a city can be built with a DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) spirit and thinking about how a future city can plan for e-waste.

  • Friday 8 April

    Use the basic principles of fermentation and food systems to explore city design with Inês Neto dos Santos, and consider: ‘What might a regenerative food system in relation to the city look like?’ Followed by a creative writing and drawing exercise that will using speculative thinking and imagination to place us in a future we wish to inhabit.

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