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Trellis: knowledge exchange between researchers, artists and communities

The next Trellis exhibition: Field Works will take place at Hoxton Hall from 16 March - 1 April 2024.

Field Works: Trellis exhibition at Hoxton Hall

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Responding to the urban impact on the self, the body seeks routes through networks of streets, hidden gardens and markets, and the city experience becomes Hoxton Hall.

Field Works brings together six artworks created over the last year through investigation, collaboration, walking, thinking and doing between east London artists, UCL researchers and communities of people in east London.

Find out more on the exhibition website


Hoxton Hall
130 Hoxton St
N1 6SH

Opening hours

Saturday 16 March - Monday 1st April
11am-6pm Tue-Sun and Bank Holidays



Trellis 4 - find out more

Between July 2023 and March 2024, six groups of artists, researchers and east London communities are working together to create art commissions. The works will be displayed in an exhibition in March 2024.

This year’s Trellis partnerships are: 
Nate Agbetu and researcher Chetna Sharma, Institute for Global Health. 
Alistair Gentry and researcher Anna Landre, Computer Science. 
Maxi Himpe and researcher Louise Archer, Education, Practice and Society. 
Gal Leshem and researcher Claire Lindsay, School of European Languages, Culture and Society. 
Olha Pryymak and researcher Sophie Page, History Department. 
Rechonski and researcher Jane Wilcock, Primary Care & Population Health. 

Read about the projects funded in Trellis 4 in July 2023 

Image by Alistair Gentry of two Barbies next to text reading 'accessible exhibition' with an arrow pointing to a lift which is out of order. One barbie is in a wheelchair and one barbie is visually impaired.

What is Trellis?

Trellis is a multistage art commissioning programme that aims to bring together artists, UCL researchers and local east London communities to co-create work together.

The programme began in 2018, when the first cohort of artists and researchers came together at a matchmaking event. Since then, we worked with over a hundred artists and researchers, and many local community individuals and organisations through a process which has so far led to 15 commissions in three exhibitions. 

Trellis is part of a wider scheme of cultural and community engagement work happening around the new UCL East campus, which aims to build a culture of mutual benefit, collaboration and exchange between UCL staff and students and our local communities.

We have now closed applications to participate in Trellis 5. Hopefully there will be more opportunities in the future.

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How does it work? 

Trellis is a multistage programme to support UCL researcher and east London artists to collaborate and exchange knowledge. For each iteration of Trellis, the stages are:

  1. Supported mixer/matchmaking: we invite groups of artists and researchers to facilitated networking sessions, where they share their areas of interest and knowledge.
  2. Stage 1 - Initial funding of £1,500: 10 groups or partnerships who met at the networking are funded for around 2 months to support the artists time to develop the relationship and their ideas for a collaborative commission.
  3. Stage 2 - Commission of £15,000: five groups are funded for around 8 months to create an art commission. This must be a co-creation between at least one artist, at least one UCL researcher and an east London community.
  4. Exhibition of work: all commissions come together to exhibit their work, with accompanying activities and celebrations.

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Past projects

So far 15 collaborations have been commissioned to be co-created as part of Trellis since 2018. 

Trellis 1: the beginnings

two abstract golden shapes sit in the foreground and background with two people taking pictures on phones.

Trellis 1 began in December 2018 when UCL invited a group of artists and researchers from disciplines linked to EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) priority areas to a matchmaking event. You can read more about this event on our Public Engagement blog. 

In this first year, we focused on the relationships between artists and researchers, and community involvement was lower.
The final four commissions were exhibited at the Last Drop Café at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

You can find out more information about the commissioned project on this page.

    Artemis of the Lea - artists Amanda Lwin with Tse-Hui Teh with Lena Ciric 

    Beyond Sight Within Grasp (Red, Yellow and Blue) - artist David Rickard with Prof. Tony Kenyon in collaboration with Beyond Sight Loss

    Point Patterns - artist Alison Turnbull with Elsa Arcaute with Hugo Glendinning

    No Smell, No Dirt, No Trouble* - artist Lucy Harrison with Efstathia Kostopoulou


    Trellis 2: facing global challenges

    Photo of a hand touching a mulberry tree leaf.

    Trellis 2 brought together 80+ artists and researchers, and expanded on Trellis 1 by involving research from all disciplines and placing a greater emphasis on involving communities in the co-create of artwork.

    Although heavily affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the five projects that were commissioned went above and beyond to achieve great results in collaboration with their community partners.

    The online exhibition in March 2021 was a new format for the Trellis team, but worked well to showcase the projects.

    Visit the Trellis 2 Festival website to find out more about the five collaborations. 

    Flow Unlocked – artists Jon Adams and Briony Campbell with Georgia Pavlopoulou

    Xenia Citizen Science Project – artist Sarah Carne with Charnett Chau and Danielle Purkiss

    Mulberry: The Tree of Plenty – artists Sara Heywood and Jane Watt with David Chau

    H Is For Hostile Environment – artist Edwin Mingard with Keren Weitzberg

    Light-Wave – artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq with Bencie Woll



    Trellis 3: embedding our methodology

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    Six collaborative projects worked together in 2021-22. While the initial matchmaking took place online due to the ongoing pandemic, the teams were able to work collaboratively together in person for much of the time.

    The six projects involved a wide range of different subjects and also community groups. Trellis 3 allowed us to explore and confirm our methodology for the programme.

    The artists, researchers and communities involved in these projects exhibited their work at the Art Pavilion in Mile End in April 2022. More information can be found on the Trellis 3 exhibition website.

    Tailor-Made - Kassandra Lauren Gordon and Ayse Akarca

    Material Design Meets AI - Ella Bulley and Amy Widdicombe

    Patterns of Connection - Marysa Dowling and Catherine Perrodin and Liam Browne

    Another Provision - Johann Arens and Hanna Baumann

    Bubble Worlds - Duncan Paterson (brother_Sjur) and Azadeh Shariati and Helge Wurdemann

    Material Conversations - Caroline Wright and Tim Adlam, Maryam Bandukda, Youngjun Cho and Ben Oldfrey