Breaker's Yard opens at Sutton House

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Awardwinning Daniel Lobb and arts-based educational charity, The House of Fairy Tales led by Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, have come together to create the fabulous Breaker’s Yard at Sutton House. What was once derelict scrubland is being transformed into a late 20th century-themed urban oasis with an edible garden, innovative designs and art installations including The Grange - a 1970s caravan fitted out as a historic stately home.

Formerly a car breakers yard, the site will now be a wonderland of installations and hidden spaces connected by sinuous brick paths. Elements from its recent history will be incorporated within the Yard including upcycled vehicles, car tyres, a bus greenhouse and bespoke metal gates that incorporate over 1,000 toy cars donated by celebrities, well-known artists and local people.

Daniel Lobb’s The Grange (1998) is a multi-storey caravan sculpture formed from scrap caravans that have been given a stately home interior. It has toured with The House of Fairy Tales since 2009 and been enjoyed by thousands. The sculpture evokes Alice in Wonderland with its distorting interior displacing our expectations. The interior of The Grange provides a small, tall space ideal for storytelling while its outside balcony is a great look-out point with a stage for performance pieces.

One of the focal points of the Breaker’s Yard is its ice cream van, illustrated by Rose Blake (daughter of Sir Peter Blake); it has travelled with The Grange to many different sites over the past few years. The van will act as a playful shop, providing refreshments but also serving up some more delectable surprises.

Learning programme

As part of the project, The House of Fairy Tales will be engaging families and school children of East London in an interactive playful learning programme inspired by the Breaker’s Yard. At the heart of this innovative schools’ project, The House of Fairy Tales will be working with a fantastic range of artists creatively directed by Josh Knowles. The resources will inspire children across a spectrum of ideas from local and political history, geography and science to environmental politics and climate change. This cross-curricular educational project is made possible through the support of sponsors Victorinox, Kenwood Delonghi and Cathedral Group.

House of Fairy Tales

The House of Fairy Tales has a growing creative network of artists, designers and inventors, all of whom have been invited to participate in the project at some level even if it is just donating a toy car from their childhood for the storytelling gates. Invitees include; artists Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk, Steve McQueen, Faisal Abdu'allah, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Mark Wallinger: musicians Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Bishi, Chas Smash and Suggs from Madness, John Bradbury from The Specials, Jermain Jackson from the Voice, designers Hussein Chalayan, Vivienne Westwood, David Adjaye and film directors Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton.

  • Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, London E9 6JQ
  • Breaker’s Yard opens on 12 August 2014 from 1pm
  • Entry to Breaker’s Yard is free of charge
  • Admission to Sutton House is Adult £3.50, Child £1.00. Free to National Trust members

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Breaker's Yard has been made possible by the generous support of Biffa Award and Pocket Parks and numerous donors. It has been transformed as part of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s Pocket Parks initiative.