‘Toilet Renaissance’

Diana Phiri-Witty
August 19, 2023
 to November 25, 2023

Free & open to all

Diana Phiri-Witty invites local people to explore the planning process – the process through which decisions get made about spaces and places – by treating it like community artwork, allowing local people and children to contribute their ideas for planning applications.

By breaking down the barriers of site ownership, viability, and policy, we’ll encourage wild imagination to create ‘forward stories’, myths, and legends for the future of the disused toilet block in Rotary Fields, Purley, Croydon.

The output will be a new story for buildings created by the community, along with a planning application for the future of the Rotary Fields toilet block. Ideas for the future of the building will be based on input from children who use the playground and park near the block. From applications like the Purley toilet block Phantom extending their bedroom, to a toilet museum and toilet gallery, to the Rotary Fields horse hotel, the possibilities are endless and will be unapologetically proposed by the community.

There are a number of underused and disused toilet blocks in Croydon. This project aims to engage with one, in the hopes of demystifying the planning process and highlighting how other blocks – and other spaces across Croydon – could be approached in a similar way in the future.


Toilet Renaissance‘ is one of the artist projects within Turf Projects’ latest commission series Desire Paths, as part of This Is Croydon, London Borough of Culture 2023. 

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Join Diana Phiri-Witty in exploring the planning process (the process through which decisions get made about spaces and places) by treating it like community artwork.