About 100 Hampton Road
FORM’s 100 Hampton Road project worked with the residents of a 190-bed lodging house at 100 Hampton Road, Fremantle. The project was part of the broader PUBLIC program exploring the use of art and creativity for public good. Through the support of BHP Billiton, FORM has created a rich project of artist residencies, renovations, and social programming with the aim of bringing residents together in a positive, creative, and convivial environment, and enhance their involvement within the local community.
Residents of 100 Hampton Road are some of the most vulnerable in Western Australia: many just out of periods of significant crisis or having time spent living on the streets. The lodging house offers entry-level accommodation, a single room and shared kitchen, bathrooms and laundry facilities providing a safe space for people to get their lives back on track and start building a brighter future.
The project commenced in April 2014 with the installation of four magnificent murals, painted by international street artists Maya Hayuk, Lucas Grogan, 2501, and Jaz, all of whom were visiting Perth as part of the PUBLIC: Art in the City. An incredible, vibrant mural, six stories high, by Fremantle based artist Amok Island of the Swan River Seahorse now adorns the front wall.
The changes to 100 Hampton Road haven’t stopped at the building’s walls. Sophie Budd from Taste Budds Cooking School was engaged to run weekly cooking classes and shared lunches creating a range of easy, nutritious meals. Fremantle based furniture maker Andrew Christie worked with residents to create simple furnishings for rooms and common spaces. Local bike building social enterprise, Dismantle facilitated a regular bike tool shed teaching residents how to reclaim and maintain discarded bikes.
Shared dining and common rooms were transformed into welcoming and inspiring places with furniture donated by BGC with and the assistance of volunteers from BHP Billiton, residents and the FORM project team.
Opportunities to generate income through micro enterprise were explored with residents. Local market stalls have sold the chutney and preserve range developed by the residents with Sophie Budd, and sold out of stools, planter boxes and Christmas trees made by residents under the mentorship of Andrew Christie. The local neighbourhood and community have been involved with over 100 people celebrating the completion of the forecourt and entrance landscaping that has really transformed the building into a community asset.
In an incredible display of support and community, the 100 Hampton Road project was announced as the winner of the Impact100 Fremantle grant after the innovative project was voted the most deserving among four outstanding finalists. The grant has seen an old kitchen refurbished into an industry standard kitchen that will provide training, mentorship and skill development for residents.
In August 2015 FORM ran a month -log crowdfunding campaign to fund a commercial grade kitchen at 100 Hampton Road. More than 1,000 people shared our campaign and 364 people donated, with individual donations ranging from $5 to $1,000. We hit $20,000 in our first three days and closed the campaign beyond target- with $30,310. This awe- inspiring support funded a much-needed training program alongside a the shared mealss, facilitating skill development to help residents find employment in the hospitality and food industry.
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FORM is only able to undertake projects like 100 Hampton Road through the generosity of our partners. As we come to the end of 8 months programming at 100 Hampton Road it seems timely to reflect on the progress made in a relatively short timeframe. The support of our Principal Partner BHP Billiton has made possible one of our most rewarding projects to date. On this project, BHP Billiton as our principal funding partner, has enabled FORM to dedicate human and financial resources to the initiative. The Department of Housing and Foundation Housing have shown faith in our vision and allowed FORM and the creative team we work with access to the community that call 100 Hampton Road home. AECOM have provided generous design skill bringing together the vision for the external garden spaces and BGC who have helped transform the internal spaces making the building feel like home and in time the gardens that will follow.