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News during the Sutton STEAMs Ahead programme.
An interview between a man and a woman sat opposite each other across the corner of a table with a camera placed in the background recording the two of them speaking
Published 08/12/23
Mountain Way is a film and video production company made up of filmmakers George Magner and Will Webb. They worked with us on our STEAM Careers videos, to teach young people all about the diversity of careers in STEAM – and even feature in one video themselves!
Read more about 'Collaborator Profile: Mountain Way'
A man sat on a bench outside speaking towards a film camera
Published 08/12/23
BTV Productions are a group of three Sutton-based creatives who worked with us on the ‘Then, Now, Next’ project. They created a film all about the past, present and future of Sutton, inspired by Sutton’s archives and interviews with the local community.
Read more about 'Collaborator Profile: BTV Productions'
A digital rendition of a smiley face
Published 08/12/23
Meet an artificial intelligence interviewer, IRL (short for 'In Real Life'). They're on a mission to find out about the STEAM careers available to young people today. IRL interviewed an interesting array of STEAM professionals, collecting valuable insights about popular AND...
Read more about 'Welcome to the STEAM Hub'
A person hovering in the air using arm-bound air thrusters
Published 23/11/23
Patricia Park is CEO of Successful Sutton BID, a business-led initiative to bring the various business interests in Sutton Town Centre together. This year, they partnered with Sutton Council and Sutton Grammar School to run the STEAM Fair.
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A standing placard showing the Topography of Sutton display board
Published 23/11/23
Moses Baako is a visual storyteller working with Writerz and Scribez C.I.C. He worked with us on our Then, Now, Next project with his work ‘Topography of Sutton’, an exploration of the intersection between the advances of civil engineering and the ever-changing landscape of Sutton.
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A line of dancers
Published 23/11/23
Marcela Castellanos is a Sutton-based actress and dancer. She danced in our film We Dance for Life, a short film created with the help of dozens of local volunteers that celebrates the research that will one day beat cancer.
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A man and woman's faces superimposed over a picture of trees and a building
Published 23/11/23
Abi Partington-Moran is a photographer and film teacher. She worked with us on the Then, Now, Next strand of the project, and created Portraits of the South, an innovative public art trail showcasing double exposure photographic portraits of the people of Sutton.
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A group of students and adults photographed with Mayor Cllr Colin Stears
Published 20/10/23
Six students from Sutton Grammar School, Nonsuch High School and Overton Grange had the opportunity to meet The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Colin Stears and were awarded certificates for their hard work acting as a youth advisory group throughout the planning of Sutton’s annual STEAM Fair.
Read more about 'Sutton STEAM Fair advisory group gets recognition from Mayor'
Julie Light
Published 02/10/23
We are pleased to announce that artist Julie Light will be Sutton STEAMs Ahead’s Artist in Residence at the London Cancer Hub (LHR) until January 2024 as part of the Creative Impact Research and Development Residency. The aim of the Creative Impact Research and Development Residency is to support a creative practitioner with a research and development (R&D) project that...
Read more about 'Sutton STEAMs Ahead appoints Julie Light as Artist for Creative Impact'
Peter Blundell
Published 29/09/23
Peter Blundell is an art and design tutor at Sutton College and elsewhere. As part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead, he provided free photography workshops to the local community which involved collaboration with Sutton’s heritage team, and using Sutton’s local archives for inspriration.
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Saraswathi Sukumar
Published 29/09/23
Saraswathi Sukumar is a Sutton-based writer and actor. She created creative writing packs for Sutton’s Hidden Worlds promoted to primary schools across Sutton, to allow students to learn about climate change through storytelling, and has delivered creative writing workshops.
Read more about 'Collaborator Profile: Saraswathi Sukumar'
Shanelle Rudrigo
Published 29/09/23
Shanelle Rudrigo is a musician and songwriter. As part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead, she performed at our launch event, and was involved with Sutton Music Trust’s ‘Shed Loads of Happiness’ project, performing at the STEAM Fair and at Whitehall Historic House.
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Big Jest
Published 29/09/23
Big Jest is a rapper and winner of BBC Three’s Rap Game UK. As part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead Big Jest has provided rap and songwriting workshops to young people at the STEAM Fair – working with secondary school students, but also children as young as 5! He also performed at the Sutton STEAMs Ahead launch event.
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Julie Light
Published 08/09/23
Julie Light is Sutton STEAMs Aheads’ selected artist for the Creative Impact Research and Development Residency, she will be working with research scientists, businesses, clinicians, educators, carers and patients across the London Cancer Hub until January 2024.
Read more about 'Collaborator Profile: Julie Light'
Illustration of a race between two people on bicycles, a car, a dog and a horse and carriage
Published 05/09/23
As our STEAM Summer Programme draws to a close, we still have a selection of unique commissioned projects which are being shared as part of Open House London 2023 - a two-week annual festival celebrating London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods.
Read more about 'Stories, sheds and more as we prepare for Open House London and beyond!'
Female scientist examining lab equipment
Published 31/08/23
It’s competition time! Sutton’s Hidden Worlds has teamed up with the Natural History Museum’s Nature Overheard project to provide a lucky school group the chance to get a behind-the-scenes visit at the Natural History Museum and meet a scientist for the day.
Read more about 'Meet the Scientist Competition at the Natural History Museum'
Robin Hood school pupils smiling towards the camera
Published 31/08/23
Year 4 students from Robin Hood school were treated to a full day of STEAM based activities at Sutton Life Centre on July 20th. The students, who were buzzing with excitement, were taken on an educational adventure around the Life Centre and delved into various creative workshops, from bridge building to exploring the animals in Sutton’s ecology parks.
Read more about 'Robin Hood school wins a day of STEAM fun'
Rosie Whicheloe
Published 21/08/23
Rosie Whicheloe is from Sutton Council's Biodiversity team, and has provided vital expertise to Sutton STEAMs Ahead from an environmental perspective throughout the project. Rosie has advised on the Sutton's Hidden World resources, presented at the STEAM Fair, taught students all about...
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Ian Sciacaluga and Victor Films
Published 21/08/23
Ian Sciacaluga and Mark Krycki of Victor Films worked with Sutton STEAMs Ahead on the short film 'We Dance for Life', an exploration and powerful creative interpretation of the pioneering research into cancer treatment taking place at the London Cancer Hub in Sutton.
Read more about 'Collaborator Profile: Ian Sciacaluga and Victor Films'
Published 21/08/23
UCL worked with Sutton STEAMs Ahead on the project strand ‘Sutton’s Hidden Worlds’, creating free lesson packs for schools throughout the borough to explore the hidden worlds of our environment. The lessons cover geology and biology, with a focus on Sutton’s local ecology.
Read more about 'Collaborator Profile: UCL'
Seven members of the A.C.H.A. group stood in front of a temporary shed in Sutton's Trinity Square
Published 18/08/23
Throughout 2023 local Sutton residents have been assembling one of the borough’s most wholesome projects of the year. Following an open call, which offered a small amount of funding, several community groups were selected to run activities and workshops with their members, exploring what happiness means to them.
Read more about 'Shed Loads of Happiness project gives spotlight to Sutton’s communities'
Sutton Community Awards 2023
Published 15/08/23
Each year, Sutton Community Awards recognise remarkable individuals and groups across Sutton. The 'Outstanding STEAM Professional' award recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievements and contributions in the fields of Science, Technology. Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).
Read more about 'Nominations open for Outstanding STEAM Professional Award'
A translucent image of a blonde woman with a building super imposed on her face and hair
Published 18/07/23
In April 2023 it was announced that The London Borough of Sutton was on the lookout for 4 creatives to take part in an exciting new project and create a photographic based artwork. We are pleased to announce the 4 winning bids, and we asked each artist to give...
Read more about 'Then Now Next: Projections - Winning Bids Announced'
A woman wearing a lab coat and large green wig operating a small toy automatically producing several bubbles
Published 14/07/23
The Sutton STEAM Fair brought an incredible week of extraordinary attractions, lively workshops and fun memories for almost 10,000 attendees! From live performances to pottery-making to flying drones, this has certainly been the best fair yet!
Read more about 'Sutton STEAM Fair brings family entertainment to the High Street'
Published 11/06/23
Mark your calendars for an extraordinary week of events that will captivate the minds and ignite the imaginations of families across Sutton. From the 25 June, a series of events will be taking place across Sutton showcasing the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths, culminating in the return of The Sutton STEAM Fair on Saturday 1 July 2023.
Read more about 'Sutton STEAM Fair 2023'
The Library Talks Podcast STEAM Series
Published 12/04/23
The Library Talks Podcast has returned for its third series! The latest 5 episode run features deep conversations with guests across the world of literature, talking about their work, thoughts and chatting all things STEAM...
Read more about ''The Library Talks Podcast' Returns for Series 3'
STEAM Professionals
Published 11/04/23
The Sutton STEAMs Ahead programme is seeking a freelance videographer or independent production company to produce multiple short (3-5 minute) videos documenting the careers of people working in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).
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Published 06/04/23
Are you an artist interested in the links between art and science? As part of the Sutton STEAMs Ahead programme, The London Borough of Sutton is on the lookout for 3 creatives to take part in an exciting new project with each chosen proposal being awarded £7,500.
Read more about 'Commission Available to Creatives for 'Then, Now, Next: Projections''
Sutton's Loading Up The Sheds
Published 20/03/23
What makes you happy? Many people around Sutton are currently answering that question as part of Shed Loads of Happiness, a new initiative funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead 2023.
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Smells and Feelings
Published 15/03/23
Smells and Feelings is a workshop based initiative which aims to explore the history and culture of growing lavender, mint, and other herbs as a significant industry in Sutton. This commission is for the development of workshops and associated resources, and for the delivery of sessions to groups from July - October 2023.
Read more about 'Call for Workshop Leaders, Coordinators, Managers: Smells and Feelings'

Published 10/03/23
Today marks the start of #britishscienceweek (10-19 March 2023). Sutton STEAMs Ahead is an exploration of science and art through local culture. S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. Through the blending of these themes the London Borough of Sutton have assembled an exciting and vibrant programme of cultural and science related activities and events, that the public can enjoy.

The British Science Association has created free activity packs for British Science Week 2023 and they are available to download now! These packs have a wide range of activities with each linking to potential careers!

Calling Professionals in STEAM
Published: 03/03/23
Do you have a unique job in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Maths? Can you record a short video? Can you inspire young people in Sutton to understand the wide variety of careers available in STEAM? If yes, we need you!
Read more about 'Calling Professionals in STEAM'
Lavender Fields Forever Film
Published: 02/03/23
Are you a film-maker? The London Borough of Sutton are looking to commission an experienced film-maker, director or company to develop and produce a short documentary-style film...
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Stories From The Shed
Published: 15/02/23
Artists and creatives including storytellers, performers, science soapbox stars, musicians, animators and craftspeople, are all being sought for ‘Stories from the Shed’, a public events series being curated as part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead 2023.
Read more about 'Call for Artists, Performers, Facilitators: Stories from the Shed'
Published: 19/01/23
The first major attraction in the Sutton STEAMs Ahead programme combines the art of creative filmmaking, with the technology of drone filming whilst depicting cancer cells using choreographed dance and movement...
Read more about 'Sutton STEAMs Ahead: Launch Event'
Published: 17/06/22, 28/07/22
The London Borough of Sutton has commissioned Victor Films to produce a short choreographed film that combines community participation with the science pioneered at the London Cancer Hub.
Read more about 'Do you want to be part of a short film about Sutton?' (17/06/22)
Read more about 'Do you want to be part of a short film about Sutton?' (28/07/22)
Published: 11/02/20
The Mayor of London has today announced that Sutton will receive one of his prestigious Cultural Impact Awards in 2023. The £200,000 funding will be used to stage six events...
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