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The Newspaper House

The Newspaper House is an art installation and a participatory project by Sumer Erek.

The Newspaper House was created in London’s Gillett Square, in March 2008, transforming over 85,000 used newspapers into a thought provoking artwork, attracting a wide range of people and press coverage internationally.

The installation continued its journey to Liverpool, at the Black-E, during Cultural Capital of Europe 2008 and during the 5th Liverpool Biennial of contemporary arts. It now counts over 100,000 newspapers.

Artists, residents, visitors, community organisations and schools were invited to participate by donating newspapers collected in and around the public realm and rolling them into sticks to build the house. The action of rolling the newspaper returns it to an almost natural state, close to its natural origin. Newspapers are then placed in a prescriptive order to create the foundation of the “House”. At each occasion, a new community, whose members become engaged in the process of creation, forms temporarily.

Sumer Erek first built a shell-like structure, and then filled it from the inside. Lastly, Erek removed the mould to reveal a beautiful House made of newspapers.

“If we re-read Walter Benjamin’s aphorismatic warning: “The work is the mask of its conception”, we may believe that Erek is trying to turn this process around in his Newspaper House project. He first builds the mask, then places the ideas within it. He fills it up from inside to make it visible.”
– Metin Senerguc (critic)

The Newspaper House is available for exhibitions as an artwork.
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The Newspaper House, Liverpool BBC Big Screen from Janody on Vimeo.

For more of an in depth look at the Newspaper House, please read

Partners & funders:
 The Newspaper House has received kind support from the following partners and funders

In London

London Borough of Hackney Cultural Team
Gillett Squared Partnership
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Arts Council UK
West Hackney Parish


In Liverpool

L1 Partnership
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Liverpool City Council City North Neighbourhood
Liverpool City Council Environmental Department
Plus Dane Group, LHT, NMS,


The Newspaper House was widely covered in the press, such as:

Guardian, Metro, Building Design, Time Out ‘Critics Choice’, Hackney Today, Big Issue, A-N Magazine.

“Newspaper House set to hit the headlines”
– Evening Standard

For all press, please read


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