The private view for Honda’s Dream Factory exhibition was fantastically well attended, with groups of people everywhere chatting, mingling and making the most of the free bar. The warm, sunny evening meant that most people were soaking up the last of the sun on the faux-grass outside the Gallery, giving those inside enough space to wander around and really view the exhibits. Some Dream Factory staff were accosting various contributors armed with a white board headed with the words ‘With the Power of Dreams I will…’ and taking snapshots of them with their answers to add to the growing Polaroid wall near the bar. There were also three people walking around in their underwear, which perturbed me slightly until I realised they were walking adverts for Pants for Poverty – just one of the creative projects involved in the Dream Factory. Next to the Pants for Poverty area was a table topped with flower arrangements in traffic cones, of all things, which was the home of Guerrilla Gardening . They were also giving away free sunflower seeds which are now germinating in my kitchen. Dream Factory books were in abundance, one next to each exhibit open to the relevant page, which made for a nicer browsing atmosphere than having to stand reading a plaque on the wall. There was also a bookcase displaying works by other Dream Factory contributors, which I spent a happy 10 minutes flipping through and wishing I could take some away with me. There are TV screens and headphones dotted around, providing information on some of the projects that don’t really lend themselves to exhibits, such as the I spent a while chatting to Simon Berry, who is the pioneer of Colalife, a revolutionary project which aims to use the distribution powers of Coca Cola to get medicines into some of the poorest areas of the world. A bit of a pipe-dream, you may think, but he has been working on this for years now and has not only planned the scheme down to the last detail, but is also in talks with Coca Cola. Watch this space. Halfway through the evening, we were invited into the cinema area to watch a film put together by Art Against Knives – a project aimed at raising awareness and educating people about knife crime. Although I didn’t find this out until afterwards, as the vast majority of people watching the film seemed to only be there so they could cheer when their friends were on screen, which made it quite hard to work out what was going on. Other exhibits included a wire-frame model of a Honda Motorbike by Benedict Radcliffe, and what looked to me like an unfinished painting – I realised later that this was ‘live art’ and the artist had temporarily grabbed an opportunity to mingle, returning to work on it later in the evening. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening, and the exhibition is certainly worth a browse. It is open until 30th May in Dray’s Walk Gallery, Brick Lane. Web: www.dreamfactoryuk.com Twitter: @ourdreamfactory Images provided by kind permission by Paul Harmer To win a copy of the Limited Edition Dream Factory Book (I have one, it’s awesome) simply comment on this article. Names will be pulled out of a hat, and two of you will win – easy job!