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Waltham Forest and The Barbican, London

Dawinder Bansal

We Found Love in the 80s

Acclaimed artist Dawinder Bansal is pairing up with musician Martyn Ware – founder of The Human League and Heaven 17 – to celebrate couples who found love in the 1980s.

The stories will be collected together to build an online archive on Instagram and a selection of submissions will be featured in a short film by Dawinder with an accompanying soundscape created by Martyn. The film has been developed as part of our Virtual Culture programme and will be shared during Leytonstone Loves Film, a celebration of film produced by the Barbican happening once again in 2020 in collaboration with Waltham Forest filmmakers, artists and organizations. The project will then continue as a social media project on Instagram, sharing the love stories of couples from the 80s with fabulous vintage images.

Did you find love in the 80s? Dawinder and Martyn are looking for Waltham Forest couples to share their stories of falling in love in the 1980s and explore how they overcame obstacles to be together. These tales will feature in the new film and online archive, which will debut in October.

Click here to get involved!

This project is co-commissioned by Here and Now and Waltham Forest Culture, and supported by the Barbican Centre. The project was originally commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre.

Waltham Forest and The Barbican

Barbican Centre, London

Dawinder Bansal

Dawinder Bansal

Dawinder Bansal is an award-winning British producer and artist. Throughout the past decade, she has produced site-specific shows, exhibitions, art installations and festivals to spark curiosity of new audiences and the national press. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Arts Adviser to the Jerwood Arts Foundation and serves on the Diversity Board at ITV Central.