workshop participants creating a collaborative mind map

Roots and Routes – Setting Croydon Up for the Future

Explore how Croydon’s local businesses & communities could work together to build a better place for us and the next generation.

@ Little Turf, Keeley Rd


Free & open to all; please book a free space so we know how many people to expect!


This free creative workshop is aimed at individuals and businesses who have set up in Croydon to meet and discuss;

  • Can we work together to create a better town centre?
  • What’s missing? What needs keeping?
  • How can we retain a sense of community and belonging?
  • How could we solve any problems?


Whilst speaking and listening, we’ll work with clay to imagine how we can make the town centre a more welcoming environment with memorable places and spaces for everyone to enjoy.


We’ll start with marking out the places which already exist which we want to keep, and expand from there to think of what could be put in place to address what we feel is needed.


We’ll then start to imagine what spaces would help provide that structure for the local community and what spaces could be created throughout the town centre.  How can we work together and learn from each other to build a better place for us and the next generation?


This workshop builds on Lina’s first workshop Roots & Routes; Setting Up in Croydon, but you don’t have to have attended to attend this time. In that workshop, we explored what brought people – individual incoming communities and businesses – to set up in Croydon town centre (the routes that brought us here), and what gave them a sense of belonging (the roots we’ve laid down). If you have any thoughts ahead of the workshop on your current experiences of the town centre you’d like us to feed in, please email us.


The workshop will be followed by a final workshop testing out and challengings the ideas put forward by We Made That & Croydon Council.


This event is part of a series of work by local arts charity Turf Projects, involving the community in the creation of a new strategy for the town centre alongside lead organisation We Made That and Croydon Council in partnership with the GLA. The work is taking place from November until Spring 2024.



Lina Ivanova is a London based artist, originally from Bulgaria. Her practice is process-led, multidisciplinary, primarily including photography and sculpture. Lina constructs multi-media installations as a means of negotiating the notion of place. Often rooted in her experience of migration, Lina’s practice explores narratives of displacement, family, history and heritage. Found objects, public and private archives and industrial materials inform her exploration into the relationship between background, class and status. Having graduated with a BA in Photography (2015), she co-founded Revolv Collective (2017) and completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (2018).



  • To help us support you best, please let us know if you have any access needs when booking.
  • This workshop will involve some reading and writing. If you need support, just let us know.
  • For access info about getting to Turf and the Turf space, click here.



Turf aims to be a space where all are welcomed & respected. We ask all attendees to align with this spirit when booking and support us in creating a welcoming & collaborative atmosphere together. We ask that everyone is;

  • Kind and respectful in our language and behaviour towards others. Turf is a space which is anti racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.
  • Considerate of others’ time; allowing others room to speak & engage.
  • Respectful of the space itself as belonging to many people, treating the space & objects with care.
  • Attend wherever possible: In 2023, around 30% of people booking free tickets didn’t turn up!  Our free tickets are limited and in high demand. Every person who doesn’t turn up means someone else can’t attend, so please let us know if you can’t make it to free up a space. If you don’t attend twice or more without letting us know, you may be restricted from booking again.

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