The Big 30 Installation


Deptford Lounge - The Albany - Buster Mantis - Could be Good - Call & Response - Deptford Market Yard

Wednesday 5 July - Sunday 30 July 2017

The Big 30 Installations will give everyone the opportunity to explore the unique Big 30 Archive. Step inside the installations and see, discover and hear previously hidden stories that are part of history.

The Big 30 Archive is the first of its kind. It celebrates 30 years of Heart n Soul and those who have had a significant impact on our development. 30 people and groups made up of artists, musicians, actors, participants and volunteers with and without learning disabilities from Heart n Soul have been recorded talking about their lives, creating a unique archive of learning disability culture. The archive will permanently live at the London Metropolitan Archives so that everyone can learn more about this rich and diverse culture.

The installations are part of a wider festival of events, The Big 30 Summer Takeover! Come and celebrate 30 years of Heart n Soul with club nights and performances from our artists and DJs.

What will be happening at each installation?

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Deptford Lounge

See beautiful new portraits and hear people from Heart n Soul talking about the last 30 years of learning disability culture in South East London.



The Albany

Visit our home, where we have been performing and creating for the past 30 years, to see and hear work from our artists.


The old HSBC building

Stroll down Deptford High Street and see Heart n Soul splashed all over the old HSBC building.


Buster Mantis

Check out comics created by our artists in collaboration with Ben Connors looking at a wide range of themes from Autism and mental health to alternative universes and superheroes.


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Could Be Good

A unique art installation featuring art created by Heart n Soul’s young participants from Do Your Own Thing.


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Call & Response

Hear the full interviews from The Big 30 Archive at these times:

Saturday 15 July, 12pm – 4pm; Thursday 20 July, 5pm – 10pm; Saturday 22 July, 12 – 4pm; Friday 28 July, 6pm – 10pm


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Deptford Market Yard

Discover the history of Heart n Soul through a collection of memorable images across its 30 years.


*All venues have different opening times. Please check before you visit!