Thamesmead Texas are proud to present: Miyuki Kasahra and Liam Scully, two artists in residence, as part of our Spring 2021 programme, offering time and space to two Thamesmead based artists. Located across two sites in Thamesmead, Miyuki Kasahara, originally from Japan will produce a new body of work in situ during a one-year residency at an allotment in Thamesmead Texas. Whilst Liam Scully will produce a new body of work during a one-hundred-day residency at the Lakeside Centre’s Media Space, to map the time during Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office as the 46th President of the United States of America.

Miyuki, A recent convert to ‘balcony’ gardening as a result of the first (UK) lockdown, will embark on designing a living vegetable patch taking inspiration from Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer of organic farming in Japan. Living organisms will be extracted from the soil, examining microorganisms and nutrients central to the health of plants and of those who eat them; this will be documented utilising drawing, casting, photography and printing.

Describing his drawing as ‘blunt and essentially diaristic in its approach’. Liam comments, observes, and confesses, on the activity around him, from the personal to the political, taking inspiration from, and embracing low-brow culture. For his residency at the Lakeside Centre, Liam will be mapping Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office through the act of drawing, mark-making, and spillages, covering live the rolling content of mainstream and social media platforms.

For more information visit our website which features a Q&A with both artists. We miss you and hope to open throughout Spring 2021 in line with the Covid-19 Government guidelines. Please see our social media channels for updates.

This is a self-funded project, based on goodwill and friendship. With thanks to Bow Arts for their generous support in kind. Artists eat food too. Works are for sale – please contact [email protected] for information.

Image top: Miyuki Kasahra on location at the Thamesmead Texas allotment
Image bottom: Liam Scully, Amerikkka Drawing Black Power Mixtapes 1968-1975, 2020, 420 x 594 mm, Graphite on paper 


Miyuki Kasahra Bio: Working across a broad range of media including Drawing, Sculpture, Installation and Performance, Miyuki’s work is grounded in research that examines the factors affecting the global environment, including that arising from politics and societal change. We caught up with Miyuki here:

Liam Scully Bio: Constant drawing underpins most of Liam Scully’s work which is often expanded upon and develops through painting, performance, video, music and installation. Describing his drawing as ‘blunt and essentially diaristic in its approach’. Liam comments, observes, and confesses, on the activity around him, from the personal to the political, taking inspiration from, and embracing low-brow culture. We caught up with Liam here:

Thamesmead Texas is a nomadic artist run initiative based in Thamesmead, South-East London. Anchored by an art bar, the group is led by the necessity to be social and organise public exhibitions and events. Thamesmead Texas are currently artists in residence in the Thamesmead Community Archive (2020-2021), supported by Peabody and funded by HLF.


My friends at The Voice of Domestic Workers need your support.

Please sign our petition to reinstate their rights as workers in the UK.
Without workers rights, Domestic Workers are subject to exploitation, including forced labour and abuse – often forcing them to go underground and undocumented.

For the past five years my filmmaking practice has focussed on the plight of migrant domestic workers. As a result of my field research, I have come to know the members of ‘The Voice’ as friends, whose struggles we in the ‘west’ will never truly appreciate.

In a united effort to celebrate ‘domestic work’ as a skilled and talented workforce, I am sharing my password protected films for the month of February, in line with the petition’s deadline.

Domestic Workers often come to the UK from developing countries for work. They are skilled professionals who pay taxes, in an effort to provide essential services to their families back home, whether it be access to education for children, or medicine for ageing parents.

Domestic Workers are often employed by very wealthy oligarchs based in elite postcodes of London. Because the nature of their work is based indoors, they are rendered invisible in the imagination of the British public. I hope my films can help imagine their struggle for visibility as workers simply seeking rights.

I stand in solidarity with the members from the Voice of Domestic Workers.

Please show your support by signing the petition HERE:

A total of 10,000 signatures is required for Government to respond to their appeal.

A total of 100,000 signatures and Government will consider their appeal for debate.


Best wishes,
Vanessa Scully


Decolonizing Marisa, by Vanessa Scully
(28:18 mins, 1 channel, HD video and archival material, 2019)
Decolonizing Marisa is an experimental narrative/ hybrid documentary on the past, present and future of exported domestic labor. This hybrid film form marries fiction, documentary, research, appropriation and autobiography to explore themes of migration and displacement through a multifaceted approach.
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MARISA 4.0, by Vanessa Scully
(20:00 mins, 1 channel, HD video, 2018)
The life cycle of a Filipino mail order bride is explored through the analogy of a sex bot. Marisa 4.0 represents four decades of Filipino Mail Order Brides; domestic servitude in the guise of ‘true love’ exported to the ruling classes.
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Maid in Mayfair, by Vanessa Scully
(6:47min, 1 channel, HD Video, 2017)
(4:05 min, 1 channel, HD Video, 2017)
Maid in Mayfair draws on real-life conversations with domestic workers and the artist’s own experience of growing up with a mother who was an Overseas Philippine Worker in Australia. It satirically appropriates Hollywood’s glamorised and comic stereotypes of domestic workers in order to explore the roles of hope, fantasy and belief in the everyday experiences of Philippine domestic help in the UK.
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Current legislation has fostered xenophobia in the UK.

A survey of 539 domestic workers in the UK conducted by the Voice of Domestic Workers in 2018 showed that more than three quarters had experienced physical, verbal or sexual abuse; half reported that they were not given enough food at work and six in 10 were not given their own private room in employers’ houses.

This vile exploitation of workers’ rights is a direct result of the Tory/ Lib Deb government’s hostile legislation to reduce UK Immigration levels, as promised in the 2010 Conservative Party Election Manifesto.

The UN Human Rights Council has stated that the policy has fostered xenophobia within the UK, while the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that the policy broke equalities law.

Find more here:


Images: MARISA 4.0, HD Video, 2017